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First Doctor to Treat Cheney Victim Tells Texas Paper He Wanted to Send Him Home
Editor and Publisher ^ | 2/14/06

Posted on 02/14/2006 9:25:07 AM PST by Mr. Brightside

First Doctor to Treat Cheney Victim Tells Texas Paper He Wanted to Send Him Home

By Joe Strupp

Published: February 14, 2006 12:05 PM ET

NEW YORK While news reports from The New York Times to the Austin American-Statesman have been describing the injuries to Harry Whittington, the victim of Vice President Dick Cheney's accidental shooting, as more serious than first believed, as he remains hospitalized today, the tiny Alice [Texas] Echo-News Journal will offer a different version later today, E&P has learned.

According to the afternoon daily, located about 60 miles from the shooting site, the first doctor to treat Whittington immediately after the Saturday shooting contended that his wounds were superficial and not in need of further hospitalization.

"If it were just a normal citizen, he would have sent him home with antibiotics," said Ofelia Hunter, Echo-News Journal editor, who talked to the doctor. "He felt that it was more royal treatment that he was getting."

Hunter's comments referred to Dr. Raj Subnani, who treated Whittington at the Christus Spohn Hospital in Kingsville where he was first taken before being transferred to the Christus Spohn Hospital Memorial in Corpus Christi, where he remains.

Hunter, who plans to run a story about Subnani this afternoon, said she interviewed the doctor Monday. The editor, who is one of three newsroom staffers at the paper, indicated that the doctor was not in favor of transferring Whittington because he did not believe he required further hospitalization.

"He felt he was transferred because of his prominence, and that he was already stable," Hunter said. "It was more because of who he was." That is in marked contrast to reports in most major newspapers that Whittington required intensive care treatment, was hit with more than 100 pellets, and that some of the wounds were so severe the pellets could not be removed.

Hunter also reports that Subnani was upset that the Corpus Christi Hospital was being credited with treating Whittington. "More than anything because Corpus Christi staff is getting all of the attention and his staff did all of the work," Hunter said of Subnani. "Media outlets are giving them the credit."

The Echo-News Journal, which publishes every day except Saturday, did not get the early scoop that its neighbor, the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, did. While the Caller-Times has been credited nationwide with breaking the shooting story online Sunday, Hunter said her first report on the shooting was an AP story in the Monday paper.

While she praised the Caller-Times for its work, Hunter also criticized officials for not revealing the news earlier to local journalists. "We should be able to get that information," she said. Hunter also said the Armstrong Ranch, where the shooting occurred, is known as a place where political heavyweights often visit, noting that Cheney comes down at least once a year. But she said there had been no similar incidents therr in the recent past.


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 78yearsold; alice; cheney; harrywhittington; quailhunt; whittington
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1 posted on 02/14/2006 9:25:07 AM PST by Mr. Brightside
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To: Mr. Brightside

His injury was Kerryesque.


2 posted on 02/14/2006 9:26:52 AM PST by Semper Paratus
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To: Mr. Brightside

"Put some ice on it." Heheh.


3 posted on 02/14/2006 9:27:10 AM PST by anonymous_user (62% of repondents say they lie to pollsters.)
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To: prairiebreeze; onyx; ohioWfan; Texasforever; BigSkyFreeper; Tamzee; mrs tiggywinkle; EllaMinnow; ...

FYI


4 posted on 02/14/2006 9:29:06 AM PST by Mo1 (Republicans protect Americans from Terrorists.. Democrats protect Terrorists from Americans)
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To: anonymous_user

Oh no. Here comes another scandal. He was not going to be held overnight before he was being held overnight. This will affect minorities across the nation and your grandmothers social security check will be taken from her.

IMPEACH CHENEY!!!


5 posted on 02/14/2006 9:29:23 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz ("We don't need POLITICIANS...we need STATESMEN.")
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To: Mr. Brightside

Maybe you should put some ice on that.....


6 posted on 02/14/2006 9:30:03 AM PST by sissyjane (Don't be stuck on stupid!)
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To: Mr. Brightside

"Cheney Victim!!!???"

Our press has become utterly degenerate.


7 posted on 02/14/2006 9:30:32 AM PST by NCSteve
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To: Mr. Brightside

Hospitals are like car dealers. Once you drive into that bay they have to do enough work to cover their overhead.


8 posted on 02/14/2006 9:31:07 AM PST by parcel_of_rogues
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To: Mo1

Didn't I hear he just got released from ICU? Leave it to the press to completely make stuff up.

I don't believe ONE word coming out of their mouths. Not one.

Are you listening the press grill Scott right now?


9 posted on 02/14/2006 9:31:09 AM PST by Peach (Hillary ran over a cop and didn't even stop.)
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To: Mr. Brightside

"While news reports from The New York Times to the Austin American-Statesman have been describing the injuries to Harry Whittington, the victim of Vice President Dick Cheney's accidental shooting, as more serious than first believed...

...the first doctor to treat Whittington immediately after the Saturday shooting contended that his wounds were superficial and not in need of further hospitalization. "

What? The Lib media making things sound worse than they were? I can't believe it!!!! /s

And the Lib media wonders why they are not the first informed.


10 posted on 02/14/2006 9:31:57 AM PST by frankjr
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To: Mo1


HAR!

I can hardly await the victim's first presser!


11 posted on 02/14/2006 9:32:37 AM PST by onyx (IF ONLY 10% of Muslims are radical, that's still 120 MILLION who want to kill us.)
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To: Peach; Mo1



I'm here, thanks to Mo!


12 posted on 02/14/2006 9:33:23 AM PST by onyx (IF ONLY 10% of Muslims are radical, that's still 120 MILLION who want to kill us.)
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To: onyx

WH presser is on Cspan1


13 posted on 02/14/2006 9:34:08 AM PST by Mo1 (Republicans protect Americans from Terrorists.. Democrats protect Terrorists from Americans)
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To: onyx

The press will claim there is makeup (applied by Rove) covering the hideous wounds.


14 posted on 02/14/2006 9:34:14 AM PST by frankjr
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To: Peach
So the media has a dilemma: harp on the whole "evil gun" aspect and how the VP nearly "killed" a man, or harp on the whole "evil rich white man" aspect and how he got "preferential" treatment, probably at the expense of some more illegal alien undocumented worker.

I'm so sick of this story already, I could scream.

15 posted on 02/14/2006 9:34:15 AM PST by workerbee (A person's a person no matter how small.)
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To: EQAndyBuzz
Oh no. Here comes another scandal. He was not going to be held overnight before he was being held overnight. This will affect minorities across the nation and your grandmothers social security check will be taken from her.

Just wait until they drop the real bomb:

Cheney didn't shoot him with a shotgun. He just glared at him for walking into his line of fire. The effects of that brief glare were enough to require hospitalization.

16 posted on 02/14/2006 9:34:34 AM PST by TChris ("Unless you act, you're going to lose your world." - Mark Steyn)
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To: anonymous_user

During the Thanksgiving episode of "Grey's Anatomy" one of the interns goes turkey hunting with his father and brothers (he doesn't want to). They get in the typical family argument and the trip ends after the father is accidently shot in the buttocks. The next scene has the dr. son picking the birdshot out of his father's butt as father and son settle feelings from the son's childhood. The father pulls his pants up and goes home. No intensive care.

Much ado about nothing.


17 posted on 02/14/2006 9:34:44 AM PST by GOP_Proud (Jack Bauer wears Dick Cheney jammies.)
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To: workerbee

I swear. We could literally bomb North Korea AND Iran and the press wouldn't even notice until Friday.


18 posted on 02/14/2006 9:35:01 AM PST by Peach (Hillary ran over a cop and didn't even stop.)
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To: Peach

"I don't believe ONE word coming out of their mouths. Not one. "

I don't either. That is the key to this whole story, it's nothing but a bunch of overhyped hogwash, like Katrina "victims" and a whole lot of other topics. The media has gone berserk with their Bush hatred and their loss of clout with the public.


19 posted on 02/14/2006 9:35:19 AM PST by goresalooza (Nurses Rock!)
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To: onyx

Scott: You all have to make decisions on what you want to report. And if this is what you want to report, that's fine. But this adminsitration is focusing on other efforts.


20 posted on 02/14/2006 9:35:45 AM PST by Peach (Hillary ran over a cop and didn't even stop.)
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To: Mr. Brightside
said Ofelia Hunter, Echo-News Journal editor

LOL.

21 posted on 02/14/2006 9:35:53 AM PST by auboy (The press firmly believes in free screech.)
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To: Mo1

I see from watching Fox....that Karl Rove is now involved in "Birdshotgate"....the moonbats are beside themselves.


22 posted on 02/14/2006 9:35:54 AM PST by Dog (Cheney's gun is safer then Kennedy's car!)
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To: parcel_of_rogues
Hospitals are like car dealers. Once you drive into that bay they have to do enough work to cover their overhead.

Not even close.

Hospitals have to do enough tests to protect themselves, and counter the millions upon millions of dollars they lose every year to frivolous lawsuits.

Do some serious medical tort reform like the President has been pushing, and hospitals will no longer have to do this, and health care costs will plummet..

23 posted on 02/14/2006 9:36:00 AM PST by ohioWfan (PROUD Mom of an Iraq War VET! THANKS, son!!!!)
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To: Mo1

I can't handle watching the press briefing today...let me know if Gregory or any other reporter apologizes for over-reacting and being out of control.


24 posted on 02/14/2006 9:36:35 AM PST by frankjr
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To: Mr. Brightside

bump!


25 posted on 02/14/2006 9:37:03 AM PST by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: Mr. Brightside

As I see it, the only reason he ended up in intensive care was because of his age.


26 posted on 02/14/2006 9:37:27 AM PST by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink.)
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To: frankjr

Gregory. If ever there was a girly man.


27 posted on 02/14/2006 9:37:35 AM PST by Peach (Hillary ran over a cop and didn't even stop.)
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To: Peach

Is the blond who asked "Is this a done deal?" the same one who asked if Whittington had been killed would it have been a bigger story?


28 posted on 02/14/2006 9:38:13 AM PST by Carolinamom (I don't believe in a government that protects us from ourselves. ---Ronald Reagan)
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To: Dog

They are losing what minds they have left


29 posted on 02/14/2006 9:38:23 AM PST by Mo1 (Republicans protect Americans from Terrorists.. Democrats protect Terrorists from Americans)
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To: Mo1
Have they thought about the fact that the 'victim' will be able to make statements, and that it will be obvious that he wasn't badly hurt?

Do the bozos in the MSM ever think about ANYthing??

(Rhetorical question.......don't answer :)

30 posted on 02/14/2006 9:38:39 AM PST by ohioWfan (PROUD Mom of an Iraq War VET! THANKS, son!!!!)
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To: Carolinamom

I missed that. My dad just called.


31 posted on 02/14/2006 9:38:58 AM PST by Peach (Hillary ran over a cop and didn't even stop.)
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To: workerbee
So the media has a dilemma: harp on the whole "evil gun" aspect and how the VP nearly "killed" a man, or harp on the whole "evil rich white man" aspect and how he got "preferential" treatment, probably at the expense of some more illegal alien undocumented worker.

Why choose just one? The MSM has two sides of their mouths they can speak from. And that doesn't even count when they are just talking out of their backsides.

32 posted on 02/14/2006 9:39:21 AM PST by KarlInOhio (In this year's White House play, Henry VI part II, VP Cheney got the role of Dick the Butcher.)
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To: frankjr
I can never handle press WH press briefings.

Hearing about them after the fact is hard enough to take.

33 posted on 02/14/2006 9:39:43 AM PST by ohioWfan (PROUD Mom of an Iraq War VET! THANKS, son!!!!)
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To: ohioWfan

I just tuned in. Has Gregory even spoken at the press conference today?


34 posted on 02/14/2006 9:39:57 AM PST by Carolinamom (I don't believe in a government that protects us from ourselves. ---Ronald Reagan)
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To: ohioWfan
Do the bozos in the MSM ever think about ANYthing??

No .. they are too full of hate and anger they can't think of anything but to take down Bush and Cheney

35 posted on 02/14/2006 9:39:57 AM PST by Mo1 (Republicans protect Americans from Terrorists.. Democrats protect Terrorists from Americans)
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To: Mr. Brightside

I thought he was in intensive care.


36 posted on 02/14/2006 9:40:38 AM PST by Flavius Josephus (Enemy Idealogies: Pacifism, Liberalism, and Feminism, Islamic Supremacism)
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To: frankjr

So far they aren't as bad as they were yesterday


37 posted on 02/14/2006 9:40:51 AM PST by Mo1 (Republicans protect Americans from Terrorists.. Democrats protect Terrorists from Americans)
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To: ohioWfan
Hospitals have to do enough tests to protect themselves, and counter the millions upon millions of dollars they lose every year to frivolous lawsuits.

Maybe they realized they had a lawyer in the emergency room and decided to retrieve a little money from the bar association by sticking him in ICU.

38 posted on 02/14/2006 9:41:25 AM PST by KarlInOhio (In this year's White House play, Henry VI part II, VP Cheney got the role of Dick the Butcher.)
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To: ohioWfan

I think I mentioned this to you last week, but will repeat it here.

Ari Fleicher's book "Taking Heat" was excellent. He details with specific transcripts and newspaper headlines just how often the press lies. Deliberately.

Reporters would call him for a quote. He'd give it to them. They'd call back later in the day for other info and he'd ask them for the quote. They'd read it back word for word to him. Then in the paper, it would be incorrect. In a way that made the administration look bad. Naturally.


39 posted on 02/14/2006 9:41:41 AM PST by Peach (Hillary ran over a cop and didn't even stop.)
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To: Mr. Brightside

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1578321/posts


40 posted on 02/14/2006 9:42:17 AM PST by PETEPARSLEY ("WHATEVER" is a coward's way of saying F U)
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To: Flavius Josephus
I thought he was in intensive care.

It was just for observation .. he was never in serious condition

41 posted on 02/14/2006 9:42:40 AM PST by Mo1 (Republicans protect Americans from Terrorists.. Democrats protect Terrorists from Americans)
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To: Mr. Brightside

If I were shot by the VP, I'd be reluctant to have the news spread all over. I'd hope to have a few hours (days, if possible) of peace and quiet in order to recover before the media hordes descended on me to make me more miserable than my wounds.


42 posted on 02/14/2006 9:43:24 AM PST by generally (Ask me about FReepers Folding@Home)
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To: Peach


I give Scott an "A" for that remark.


43 posted on 02/14/2006 9:44:33 AM PST by onyx (IF ONLY 10% of Muslims are radical, that's still 120 MILLION who want to kill us.)
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To: Mr. Brightside

Forty or fifty illegal aliens will not get treatment due to the resources the lawyer comandeered..

Six or Seven hundred more could not get treatment because the hospital security precluded it...

Obvioulsy a scandal of 'Tinyantic' proportions..


44 posted on 02/14/2006 9:44:55 AM PST by joesnuffy (A camel once bit our sister..but we knew just what to do...we gathered rocks and squashed her!)
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To: onyx

Scott isn't letting them push him around anymore. It's about time.


45 posted on 02/14/2006 9:45:07 AM PST by Peach (Hillary ran over a cop and didn't even stop.)
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To: Mo1

Thanks, I tuned in a few minutes ago. Enough to see the last Cheney quesions with Scott basically telling her to get lost and then he signed off with the Longhorns hand sign.


46 posted on 02/14/2006 9:46:19 AM PST by frankjr
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To: Mr. Brightside

Someone in the hospital administration found out that he is wealthy or has great insurance (maybe both) so he'll stay in the hospital until he leaves on his own.


47 posted on 02/14/2006 9:47:27 AM PST by FreePaul
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To: Mo1

Scott just told Gregory it wasn't about HIM....haha.


48 posted on 02/14/2006 9:49:25 AM PST by Dog (Cheney's gun is safer then Kennedy's car!)
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To: goresalooza

They have indeed gone berserk. On CNN today, Steve Roberts reported that "Dick Cheney shot (someone) while HUNTING ILLEGALLY". Yup! He said that with a straight face. The real story is that a $7 special stamp for upland birds was missing from the hunting license, due to an oversight. Othewise, Cheney's license was completely in order.

Another dingbat on Corrupt Cable News said, "We do not know yet whether CRIMINAL CHARGES will be brought against the Vice President."

They are in a feeding frenzy, like the sharks off the Australian coast.


49 posted on 02/14/2006 9:49:25 AM PST by Palladin ("Governor Lynn Swann."...it has a nice ring to it!)
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To: Mr. Brightside

Maybe the media whores can turn this into Cheney arranging to have the guy detained, kinda like Guantanemo - or maybe the doc wanted to let him go so Cheney could "finish the job".


50 posted on 02/14/2006 9:50:05 AM PST by Emmett McCarthy
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