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Double-Barrelled Blast: GMA Floats Cheney Cover-Up, Doubts VP's Account
GMA/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein

Posted on 02/13/2006 5:16:58 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest

by Mark Finkelstein on

February 13, 2006 - 08:06

Good Morning America took took a double-barrelled blast at the Vice President Cheney this morning over his accidental shooting of a quail-hunting companion, suggesting the White House might have tried to cover up the incident, and also calling into question his version of events.

GMA did at first describe the accident as having occurred because the victim, attorney Harry Whittington, failed to observe the quail-hunting rule by which hunters remain in a single line as they advance, indicating that the accident occurred after Whittington left the line to retrieve a bird from the tall grass.

But GMA host Charlie Gibson later claimed that there was "growing political fallout" from the incident, wondering:

"Why didn't the White House tell everyone when this accident happened? Why did they wait so long and did that make a bad situation even worse?"

Normally, the MSM loves to hate talk radio and the pajamahadeen of the blogosphere, but when it suits their purposes . . . ABC White House reporter Jessica Yellin stated that it took the VP's office nearly 24 hours to go public with the incident, adding:

"That delay has prompted speculation online and on talk radio that perhaps Mr. Cheney was hoping to cover up the incident.

So GMA wouldn't offer up the cover-up conspiracy theory on its own, but used the convenient hook of reporting that others - those disreputable new-media types - had.

Gibson then interviewed Kathryn Garcia, the youthful reporter at the Corpus Christi Caller-Times who broke the story. Garcia, manning the paper's news desk on a sleepy Sunday morning, had this world-class story fall into her lap when ranch-owner Katharine Armstrong called in and couldn't find the reporter she was looking for.

Gibson tried to lure Garcia into second-guessing Armstrong and Cheney's account of the accident:

"I know that she told you that Mr. Whittington did not follow protocol and came up from behind the VP and didn't announce that he was there having gone off to fetch a quail. But we've talked to a bunch of hunters who say they've never heard of that, that there's no protocol like that. That the real problem is that the shooter has to be aware of where everyone in his party may be. Do you know anything about hunting protocol?"

The engaging Ms. Garcia wouldn't buy into Gibson's theory. Disclaiming much knowledge of hunting, she did allow that while "you're supposed to look before shooting, I think it would have been smart for Mr. Whittington to announce his presence."

Sorry, Charlie!


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: armstrong; charliegibson; cheny; dopeydems; gma; mediabias; shooting; whittington
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1 posted on 02/13/2006 5:17:00 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Who watches this trash?


2 posted on 02/13/2006 5:17:39 AM PST by Brilliant
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To: Behind Liberal Lines; Miss Marple; an amused spectator; netmilsmom; Diogenesis; YaYa123; MEG33; ...

Double-barreled GMA/NewsBusters ping to Today Show ping list.


3 posted on 02/13/2006 5:18:00 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show Since 2002 So You Don't Have To.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Especially troubling was Cheney's failure to notify the mayor of Los Angeles.


4 posted on 02/13/2006 5:18:56 AM PST by zook
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Andrea Mitchell, et all on Katie and Matts show...whatever it's called....also emphasized that the White House tried to cover it up ....they waited SO LONG to disclose this important information to the public. Andrea was frothing at the mouth as usual.


5 posted on 02/13/2006 5:19:15 AM PST by Fawn (I want the Madonna and Mick Jagger diet and excercise books!!!)
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To: Brilliant
Morons looking for malice.
The closest any of them has been to a Texas hunt is pheasant under glass in New York
6 posted on 02/13/2006 5:19:15 AM PST by colonialhk (sooprize sooprize sooprize)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

"Ooops, I'm sorry - I thought you were Joe Biden...."


7 posted on 02/13/2006 5:19:43 AM PST by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show Since 2002 So You Don't Have To.)
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Thank you for your service;)


8 posted on 02/13/2006 5:21:57 AM PST by bwteim (Begin With The End In Mind)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
"growing political fallout"

Sorry Charlie... the only thing that's falling is your ratings.

9 posted on 02/13/2006 5:22:18 AM PST by johnny7 (“Iuventus stultorum magister”)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Cover-up? Why bother? To what ends would a cover-up serve?


10 posted on 02/13/2006 5:25:07 AM PST by VeniVidiVici (What? Me worry?)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Headline in the National Post (Canada) this morning...

Cheney steps up war on lawyers

11 posted on 02/13/2006 5:28:06 AM PST by xp38
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

It probably had something to do with crawling on their belly through the grass with their trusty double-barrel -- oh wait -- that is only for Demoncratic deer hunting.


12 posted on 02/13/2006 5:28:18 AM PST by jim_trent
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To: Fawn
Cover-up? Oh for goodness sake. A famous well known Lawyer gets shot by the Vice President of the US, key word ACCIDENTALLY!

Accidents happen.

13 posted on 02/13/2006 5:28:33 AM PST by stopem
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I'd like to know why it took so long for the story to come out. As I remember, Clinton was rightfully blasted for trying to hide the fact he had been taken to hospital from Greg Norman's estate.


14 posted on 02/13/2006 5:28:41 AM PST by leadpenny
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
"That delay has prompted speculation online and on talk radio that perhaps Mr. Cheney was hoping to cover up the incident.

Mary Mapes is behind the online speculation.

I just know it.

15 posted on 02/13/2006 5:28:53 AM PST by IncPen (Torture should be safe, legal, and rare.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

These morons have no clue how easily this can happen out here. I almost got peppered once myself. Some friends and I were hunting quail in SE New Mexico. I emerged from behind a sand hill about the time I heard the rustle of a covey taking off, looked to my left and was looking down the barrel of a friends 12 ga. All I had time to do was fall on my back as I heard the blast and the pellets. You try to stay on line with each other but it is really easy to lose sight of each other among the brush and sandhills.


16 posted on 02/13/2006 5:29:15 AM PST by ladtx ("It is fatal to enter any war without the will to win it." -- -- General Douglas MacArthur)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

"growing political fallout"

ROTFLMAO!!!!!


17 posted on 02/13/2006 5:31:15 AM PST by wolfcreek
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To: IncPen

Imus's rubes have their liberal talking point orders, so predicable, LOL!


18 posted on 02/13/2006 5:32:43 AM PST by roses of sharon ("I would rather men ask why I have no statue, than why I have one". ) (Cato the Elder)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Too bad the MSM didn't get this excited when Clinton enemies were found dead.


19 posted on 02/13/2006 5:33:47 AM PST by westmichman (Please pray with me for global warming)
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To: Fawn
"..on Katie and Matts show...whatever it's called...."

I think it is "The Katie and Matt Show".

It's all about them, what they wear, where they travel, what they "think", and even what's inside their bowels!

20 posted on 02/13/2006 5:35:43 AM PST by Designer (Just a nit-pick'n and chagrin'n)
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To: VeniVidiVici

It took the vice president almost as long to report this horrible accident as it did the swimmer to report his little driving error!


21 posted on 02/13/2006 5:36:06 AM PST by Maumee
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I'd rather go hunting with Dick Cheney than ride in a car with Ted kennedy.


22 posted on 02/13/2006 5:36:47 AM PST by Dane ( anyone who believes hillary would do something to stop illegal immigration is believing gibberish)
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To: roses of sharon

Heard this on Minneapolis TV last night; What led VP Cheney to shoot an elderly man? Find out on Eyewitness News at 10.

These people are right though. It could really hurt W's chance for reelection.


23 posted on 02/13/2006 5:37:25 AM PST by shelterguy (I can hear "Jimi".)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

When will the bloodthirsty Cheney be stopped?


24 posted on 02/13/2006 5:37:26 AM PST by iowamark
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Those folks on the alphabet channels are some sick pukes.

What about the Vince Foster cover-up.


25 posted on 02/13/2006 5:37:41 AM PST by sgtbono2002
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To: ladtx
While those of us who know anything about hunting speculate about proper hunting practices and situational awareness, the loony left has blown a fuse.

They are blogging (with all seriousness) about Cheney doing this on purpose, sending a message, deliberate attack, waiting to see if he died (coverup) etc.

Perhaps the GMA staff hangs out on DU or daily KOS, because only at those nutbins are people speculating these crazy tinfoil rants.

26 posted on 02/13/2006 5:38:09 AM PST by Sender (As water has no constant form, there are in war no constant conditions. Be without form. -Sun Tzu)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
"That delay has prompted speculation online and on talk radio that perhaps Mr. Cheney was hoping to cover up the incident."

"Online" = The kook left blogosphere. Before the day's out, they'll cook up a conspiracy the likes of which Oliver Stone has never dreamed.

27 posted on 02/13/2006 5:39:06 AM PST by silent_jonny ("I LOVE every damn one of you" -- Conservativebabe)
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To: sgtbono2002

What coverup? People always commit suicide by shooting themselves in the back of the head.


28 posted on 02/13/2006 5:39:08 AM PST by shelterguy (I can hear "Jimi".)
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To: Brilliant

I saw it this morning and then switched over to Today. They were not trying the "cover up" angle. Then I watched Fox, they were making a big joke out of it. Then I had to get my son ready and out for school.......


29 posted on 02/13/2006 5:39:37 AM PST by brwnsuga (Proud, Black, Conservative!)
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To: leadpenny
I'd like to know why it took so long for the story to come out. As I remember, Clinton was rightfully blasted for trying to hide the fact he had been taken to hospital from Greg Norman's estate

I'd like to know why you are a liberal MSM sycophant. It happened on a private ranch and if you really wanted to get moonbat conspiratorial, why did Cheney take the blame, another hunter could have easily done that if they wanted.

30 posted on 02/13/2006 5:39:47 AM PST by Dane ( anyone who believes hillary would do something to stop illegal immigration is believing gibberish)
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To: Dane

LOL--new tagline :)


31 posted on 02/13/2006 5:40:47 AM PST by silent_jonny (I'd rather go hunting with Dick Cheney than ride in a car with Ted Kennedy)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

What these city idiots do not understand is that this is a nation of hunters. Everyone understands accidents can and do happen. Instead, these utter morons expose themselves further by trying to make this more serious than it is.


32 posted on 02/13/2006 5:42:07 AM PST by McGavin999 (If Intelligence Agencies can't find leakers, how can we expect them to find terrorists?)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Man, these people are over the edge


33 posted on 02/13/2006 5:42:07 AM PST by 5Madman2 (There is no such thing as an experienced suicide bomber)
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To: shelterguy
Just another way for the "serious" press and their followers to show their utter lack of discernment.
34 posted on 02/13/2006 5:42:09 AM PST by roses of sharon ("I would rather men ask why I have no statue, than why I have one". ) (Cato the Elder)
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To: ladtx
"These morons have no clue how easily this can happen out here."

That's true. A friend and I were hunting pheasants in SE Wisconsin. We decided to walk over a ridge to another field. As we topped the ridge, we discovered another party working that field toward us, about 35 yards away. Just then a rooster rose and flew the line. These guys blasted away right toward us. We were lucky to have a deadfall to drop behind. Our dog wasn't in target range, thank God.

The MSM has been reporting 'buckshot'. A lot they know! I'd hate to waste my time looking for a quail that had been hit by a 00 shot. Sheesh! On another post I read that it was a 28 guage with #8's.

35 posted on 02/13/2006 5:42:48 AM PST by bcsco ("He who is wedded to the spirit of the age is soon a widower" - Anonymous)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

WHERE'S DICK CHENEY WHEN I NEED HIM?


SHOOT IN HERE AMONGST US,
ONE OF US HAS GOT TO HAVE SOME RELIEF!

36 posted on 02/13/2006 5:43:58 AM PST by SquirrelKing (Contrary to popular belief, America is not a democracy, it is a Chucktatorship.)
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To: shelterguy

LOL yes and they always clean up the blood from around the area where they were shot to.


37 posted on 02/13/2006 5:45:08 AM PST by sgtbono2002
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To: Brilliant; governsleastgovernsbest
Who watches this trash?



Obviously governsleastgovernsbest does!! :>)
38 posted on 02/13/2006 5:45:34 AM PST by WKB
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To: leadpenny
"As I remember, Clinton was rightfully blasted for trying to hide the fact he had been taken to hospital from Greg Norman's estate."

I think what he really wanted hidden was the reason he was carried out on a stretcher. And it wasn't for just a "twisted ankle". Twisted something, for sure, but not his ankle.

Remember also, exactly when this happened? I do. It was when he was undergoing some legal investigation concerning his sexual harrassment of Paula. I think womeone wanted to take pictures of the Presidential Member for court evidence, and der Schlickmeister underwent some plastic surgery on the hush-up so he could escape the charges he was facing. She had already described the offending member, and they were only needing some collaboration of that description to go to court.

He was laid up for a while, then walked on crutches whenever he went out, and was always sort of bent over so no body would bump into the sore spot, or ask; "Hey, Bill, why the bulge down there?"

39 posted on 02/13/2006 5:46:32 AM PST by Designer (Just a nit-pick'n and chagrin'n)
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To: Dane

Wow, what rage. All that venom for just wanting to know?

I'll bet you want to know also, and if there were a thread with some breaking news on the subject, you'd rush right to it.

Time to get off your high horse.


40 posted on 02/13/2006 5:46:39 AM PST by leadpenny
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To: sgtbono2002

Maybe he was just really a neat freak.


41 posted on 02/13/2006 5:46:57 AM PST by shelterguy (I can hear "Jimi".)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I love this. The MSM is suddenly all religious about the right to privacy when Bush uses warrantless wiretaps, but suddenly, when a private citizen and an elected government official on his day off have an accident they're having a hissy fit about not telling the media faster.



42 posted on 02/13/2006 5:47:13 AM PST by King Moonracer (All your exploding-head-deities belong to us!)
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To: Designer

My point is that people really want to know even when they say they don't.


43 posted on 02/13/2006 5:48:57 AM PST by leadpenny
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

This very article is the reason anyone would want to cover it up. BUT, how could any rational person believe something a number of people saw could be swept? No way, Jose.


44 posted on 02/13/2006 5:54:59 AM PST by lawdude (2006 Republican bumper sticker : Vote Republican: We are NOT democrats!)
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To: McGavin999

Some hunters in my family had this very thing happen this fall. As a matter of fact, my daughter called after learning of this, somewhat chuckling. We know what it's like and I have a feeling this guy may have been less injured than the hunter in our family. Our poor guy had a couple hundred buck shots in his face and neck and throat. The doctors left it all in there saying it will work it's way out.


45 posted on 02/13/2006 5:56:56 AM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Why didn't the White House tell everyone when this accident happened? Why did they wait so long and did that make a bad situation even worse?"



It wouldn't matter when he told of the accident, MSM would still be hateful about it.


46 posted on 02/13/2006 5:58:38 AM PST by EmilyGeiger
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To: xp38

The problem with a post like that, is that I had to go and look to see if it's true or not. Which it is; lol!

Heck, I thought the Brady's reactions were from scrappleface, before I looked and realized they were real.


47 posted on 02/13/2006 5:59:57 AM PST by FreedomPoster (Guns themselves are fairly robust; their chief enemies are rust and politicians) (NRA)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

At least he did not pull a "Ted Kennedy" and leave him to die in the brush.


48 posted on 02/13/2006 6:00:09 AM PST by Brilliant
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

If he had not have hit the lawyer I would consider it a bad shot.


49 posted on 02/13/2006 6:01:58 AM PST by DainBramage
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
"That delay has prompted speculation online and on talk radio that perhaps Mr. Cheney was hoping to cover up the incident.

Sounds like she's been reading the Kos Kids

And those idiots don't know a thing about hunting ... which is probably why Charlie didn't have any real hunters on to ask questions to

50 posted on 02/13/2006 6:02:15 AM PST by Mo1 (Republicans protect Americans from Terrorists.. Democrats protect Terrorists from Americans)
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