Skip to comments.Cheney Hunting Accident Timeline
Posted on 02/15/2006 12:48:18 PM PST by DSP in CW
With all the bs coming out of the media about Vice President Cheney's hunting accident last weekend I wanted to get a better handle on what really happened. I have searched around for a while to find a well-sourced timeline for Cheney's hunting accident and subsequent actions but I haven't been able to produce one. Here is what I have been able to come up with:
Approx 5:50 pm on 2/11/06: Cheney accidentally shoots hunting another member of his hunting party. Emergency medical aid is immediately provided and the injured person is transported to the nearest hospital. Local authorities are notified of the incident within the hour (by 6:50 pm on 2/11/06. One report I have seen indicated it was within 20 minutes). The local media is informed that evening as well.
Appox 9:00 am on 2/12/06: Cheney is interviewed by local law enforcement about the accident.
I would like to have the sources to support this timeline, or have the correct timeline with sources if this is not accurate.
Thanks in advance for any help!
What time was he seen on the grassy knowl? Why are they covering it up?
This is why the mainstream media has lost me as a consumer. This is an interesting story in a "dog-bites-man" sort of way. Its Cheney, after all.
It warrants a mid-sized headline and a couple of minutes on the evening news. And thats it. Beyond that, I don't care. There are a long list of more important items that they aren't covering while they fixate on this.
Cheney shot his buddy. His buddy was treated and the incident reported to the proper authorities. He'll probably be alright. In other news... and thats it. Beyond that I really don't care. If they think I care, they are wasting bandwidth, and losing me as I surf away to another channel.
In the name of media solidarity, and in the interest of restraining the Imperial Presidency, we have put together the following coverup timeline with crucial questions that deserve to be answered:
5:30 p.m., Saturday (all times Central Standard Time). Mr. Cheney sprays Harry Whittington with birdshot, and the Secret Service immediately informs local police. Who is Harry Whittington and whom does he lobby for? Does he know Scooter Libby?
6:30 p.m. White House Chief of Staff Andy Card informs President Bush that there's been a hunting accident involving the Vice President's party. Did Mr. Bush ask follow-up questions? Was he intellectually curious?
7 p.m. Karl Rove tells Mr. Bush that it is Mr. Cheney who did the shooting. Why was this detail withheld for a full 30 minutes from the President? Who else did Mr. Rove talk to about this in the interim? Was Valerie Plame ever mentioned?
5 a.m., Sunday. White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan learns that Mr. Cheney is the shooter. He also fails to alert the media. Did he rush to write talking points or fall back to sleep?
11 a.m. Katharine Armstrong, owner of the ranch where the shooting took place, blows the story sky-high by giving the news to the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. According to Ms. Armstrong, Mr. Cheney told her to do what she thought made sense. Has Ms. Armstrong ever worked for Halliburton?
1:30 p.m. The Texas paper posts the story on its Web site, after calling the Veep's office for confirmation. Everyone involved confirms more or less everything, or so the official line goes. Their agreement is very suspicious.
11:27 a.m., Monday. Mr. McClellan finally holds a press conference and gets grilled. One reporter actually asks (and we're not making this one up), "Would this be much more serious if the man had died?"
For the record, Mr. McClellan replied, "Of course it would." We hope the 78-year-old Mr. Whittington recovers promptly after his heart attack yesterday. As for the Beltway press corps, it has once again earned the esteem in which it is held by the American public.
I was hoping to get some sources that deal with when local officials were informed. From what you have given me it appears to be well before the 14 hours cited by my liberal co-workers.
I don't doubt the accuracy of this information, I just want to have the sources ready for the discussions to come.