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Monday, February 13, 2006

....Here's the angle the press is gunning for in the Cheney affair: Everyone had to be on the same page before they announced to thw world that the vice president shot someone.

Not "accidentally" shot, as you'll notice in the Times lead. I watched part of the press briefing with Scott McClellan and you must have heard that phrase 20 times: "The vice president shot someone." It just seemed so embedded in their minds that Cheney turned the gun on Harry Whittington and nailed him point-blank.

But in addition to its hatred for Cheney, the media are upset that they missed out on this one. The vice president's press junket wasn't with him. When I heard that local media was the first to report the incident, I praised the beat reporter who dug up the gunshot patient in Spohn Hospital who had been with the vice president just hours earlier.

Turns out it was Katherine Armstrong who called the Corpus Christi Caller Times. How long would this have been kept quiet if the public relied on media reports?

So what "page," if any, is everyone on? My guess would be Whittington's lack of hunting protocol.


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