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RJ Eskow: Cheney's Chappaquiddick II: The Real Story Emerges [Huffington Post garbage]
YahoooNews ^ | 2/15/2004 | RJ Eskow

Posted on 02/15/2006 10:16:34 AM PST by ex-Texan

The real story is already emerging, if you're willing to do a little digging. Cheney and Whittington went hunting with two women (not their wives), there was some drinking, and Whittington wound up shot.

Armstrong didn't see the incident but claimed she had, Cheney refused to be questioned by the Sheriff until the next morning, and a born-again evangelical physician has been downplaying Whittington's injuries since they occurrred. Neither the press nor law enforcement seems inclined to investigate.

Before the right-wing commenters howl - there's documentation for all of these statements. Let's take them one by one: In addition to Cheney and Whittington, the hunting party included Katherine Armstrong (who was in the car at the time of the shooting: more on that later). After lots of evasive comments that only referred to a "third hunter," we now know her identity: Pamela Willeford, the US Ambassador to Switzerland.

Then there was this Armstrong quote on MSNBC and picked up by Firedoglake (later dutifully scrubbed, but preserved on Google cache): "There may be a beer or two in there," (Armstrong) said, 'but remember not everyone in the party was shooting.'"

Interestingly, Armstrong's playing with words here. She later said that she (Armstrong) hadn't had anything to drink, so at least one of the other three must have been drinking - and the other three were shooting. So while her statement was literally correct ("not everyone ... was shooting"), it gives the false impression that nobody drank and shot.

Then there was this item (courtesy kos):

Armstrong said she saw Cheney's security detail running toward the scene. "The first thing that crossed my mind was he had a heart problem," she told The Associated Press. In other words, she didn't see the accident. All of her statements, replete with colorful sidebars about getting "peppered pretty good," gave the false impression she was an eyewitness. She wasn't.

And what about Dr. David Blanchard, who made such light of Whittington's injuries? Before the heart attack occurred, Blanchard gave no indication that pellets had entered Whittington's torso or major organs (we now know that at least one other pellet entered his liver). I found an interesting quote. After asserting that spiritual beliefs help people recover more quickly (which studies have suggested may be true), Blanchard said this of people with out of body and near death experiences:

"These people do quite well in their disease processes," he said. "The Lord wasn't quite ready for them yet . . . It makes believers out of them." It's likely that Blanchard is also the same "Dr. David Blanchard" who is listed as Vice Chairperson of World Hope International, a Christian evangelical aid group.

Blanchard's certainly entitled to his own beliefs, and World Hope International (if he's the same Blanchard) has done some good work, albeit with a proselytizing bent. But most evangelicals in this country are ardent supporters of the Bush/Cheney Administration. This may explain the otherwize puzzling word choices Dr. Blanchard made to play down Whittington's injuries, especially before the heart attack made that more difficult to do.

So was Cheney drinking, and was there anything inappropriate about this hunting party? We don't know, and nobody's investigating. There's reason to be suspicious. We do have the suggestion that drinking was taking place, we have inconsistencies and a pattern of deception in Armstrong's statements, we have a shooting injury that's far more serious than originally claimed ... and a Sheriff's Department and national press that have already proclaimed the VP innocent of all wrongdoing.

I was right to call this Cheney's Chappaquiddick. The parallels get stronger every day. Of course, Chappaquiddick happened almost forty years ago, and Ted Kennedy's turned his personal life around. Cheney's actions happened this weekend. There's reason to be suspicious of the Vice President's behavior, starting with the cover-up itself.

They're trying to spin it as just a badly handled case of press relations, but it's could be a whole lot more than that.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: barkingmoonbat; cheney; conspiracytheory; fantasia; harrywhittington; libel; quailgate; shooting; smearcampaign; whispercampaign; zogbyism
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Don't shoot me. I'm just the messenger. Freepers ought to know what the MSM are saying. Rumors fly faster than quail. The MSM will be buzzing badly about the 'truth' for the next week it appears. On a positive note, we can all be glad the victim was not killed.
1 posted on 02/15/2006 10:16:35 AM PST by ex-Texan
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To: ex-Texan
If the MSM had put as much effort into the Suicide of Vince Foster, we would be in much better shape today........
2 posted on 02/15/2006 10:18:48 AM PST by Red Badger (And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him...)
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To: ex-Texan

Cheney doesn't drink.


3 posted on 02/15/2006 10:18:57 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz ("We don't need POLITICIANS...we need STATESMEN.")
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To: ex-Texan

"courtesy kos"

KOS??????? They are kidding, right?


4 posted on 02/15/2006 10:19:01 AM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: ex-Texan

Although I don't believe everything the MSM reports, even if this was true, it is hardly Chappaquiddick. Cheney most certainly didn't leave his victim to die.


5 posted on 02/15/2006 10:20:00 AM PST by Chanticleer (May you be gruntled and combobulated in 2006.)
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To: ex-Texan

"Of course, Chappaquiddick happened almost forty years ago, and Ted Kennedy's turned his personal life around. "

He is an even bigger POS today than he was 40 years ago.


6 posted on 02/15/2006 10:20:01 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz ("We don't need POLITICIANS...we need STATESMEN.")
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To: ex-Texan
Chappaquiddick happened almost forty years ago, and Ted Kennedy's turned his personal life around.

HUH!

7 posted on 02/15/2006 10:20:34 AM PST by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: ex-Texan
I was right to call this Cheney's Chappaquiddick.
Hummmm, lets see.
The guy shot is alive.
The VP stayed and offered assistance.
The VP summoned help right away.
Still lookingfor the parallel....

I believe it is safer to hunt with Dick than ride with Ted...
8 posted on 02/15/2006 10:20:44 AM PST by GrandEagle
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To: ex-Texan

a born-again evangelical physician has been downplaying Whittington's injuries since they occurrred.

First of all, how is the physician's religion relevent to anything? Funny if a conservative commentator pointed out a doctor treating a Democrat was "black," they'd be called a racist. But secondly, how does the twerp who wrote this know better than the physician the man's medical condition? I guess not only is he clairvoyant, he is also a medical professional. Impressive.

Finally, how is this like Chappaquidick? No one died and Cheney never tried to cover up his role in it, didn't leave the victim to die while returning to a party to act like nothing happened and never refused for days to cooperate with the police? Good gosh these liberal looney media types are unhinged, not to mention astonishingly intellectually-dishonest.


9 posted on 02/15/2006 10:21:09 AM PST by MikeA
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To: EQAndyBuzz

...and MaryJo DIED FGS!!!


10 posted on 02/15/2006 10:21:12 AM PST by sissyjane (Don't be stuck on stupid!)
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To: ex-Texan

This isn't the main stream media saying this garbage, it's the howling moonbats at Huffington Post.


11 posted on 02/15/2006 10:21:14 AM PST by steelcurtain
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To: ncountylee
Ted Kennedy's turned his personal life around.
And around, and around, and around, and around....
12 posted on 02/15/2006 10:21:26 AM PST by GrandEagle
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To: Howlin; ken5050; OldFriend; Txsleuth; Mo1

Check this out.

Now they are trying to make it look like the hunting party was with two WOMEN who "weren't their wives" and that there must definitely have been drinking involved.

Add to that, last night on CNN they mentioned that the woman who owns the property was, gasp, a lobbyist.


13 posted on 02/15/2006 10:21:41 AM PST by Peach (Hillary ran over a cop and didn't even stop.)
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To: ex-Texan

Great time to bomb Tehran, I say!


14 posted on 02/15/2006 10:21:41 AM PST by hemogoblin
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To: ncountylee
Chappaquiddick happened almost forty years ago, and Ted Kennedy's turned his personal life around.

And around and around and around...

15 posted on 02/15/2006 10:21:48 AM PST by rhombus
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To: ex-Texan

Everyone is so cynical. It is alarming! What is the truth anymore? You believe what you want to believe, I guess. Sad.


16 posted on 02/15/2006 10:21:59 AM PST by newconhere
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To: ex-Texan

Everyone is so cynical. It is alarming! What is the truth anymore? You believe what you want to believe, I guess. Sad.


17 posted on 02/15/2006 10:22:01 AM PST by newconhere
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To: ex-Texan

Nice try, I read your earlier posts.


18 posted on 02/15/2006 10:22:03 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: ex-Texan

Chappaquiddick happened almost forty years ago, and Ted Kennedy's turned his personal life around


BWAHAHAHA!! HAAAHAAHAHA! LOLOLOL!


19 posted on 02/15/2006 10:22:14 AM PST by saganite (The poster formerly known as Arkie 2)
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To: ex-Texan

How many of Clinton's workers and "friends" DIED under unusual accidents?


20 posted on 02/15/2006 10:22:34 AM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (“Don't approach a Bull from the front, a Horse from the rear, or a Fool from any side.”)
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To: ex-Texan
Doggonit. I should have put money on how long before "inappropriate" women showed up in this story.

Drunk, wild women, reckless.

Goodness sakes.
21 posted on 02/15/2006 10:22:38 AM PST by pollyannaish
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To: ex-Texan
I was right to call this Cheney's Chappaquiddick. The parallels get stronger every day. Of course, Chappaquiddick happened almost forty years ago, and Ted Kennedy's turned his personal life around.

ROTFLMAO!

I guess this author has no bias, right?

23 posted on 02/15/2006 10:23:00 AM PST by Ohioan from Florida (The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.- Edmund Burke)
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To: Red Badger

"RJ Eskow: Cheney's Chappaquiddick II: The Real Story Emerges"

Why should Cheney have a "Chappaquiddick" when Ted Kennedy didn't? And BTW, inquiring minds are still waiting for the Clintons to come clean about Vince Foster.


24 posted on 02/15/2006 10:23:07 AM PST by Spok (Est omnis de civilitate.)
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To: steelcurtain
AND the moonbats here, smear machine in full force.
25 posted on 02/15/2006 10:23:20 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: Peach

Oh yeah, hunting gear is just sooo sexy. Must be that shade of orange!


26 posted on 02/15/2006 10:23:35 AM PST by OldFriend (The Dems enABLEd DANGER and 3,000 Americans died.)
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To: ex-Texan

OH-OH.


27 posted on 02/15/2006 10:23:36 AM PST by tkathy (Ban the headscarf (http://bloodlesslinchpinsofislamicterrorism.blogspot.com))
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To: ex-Texan
Don't shoot me. I'm just the messenger

I tell you what I'll just give you a 20 second head start, then I'll pepper you with birdshot.

May I ask on which day the two pictures of Mt Hood on your webpage were taken? They could be pictures of different seasons ya know, one could be spring - the other winter. Even so, here in Utah we see different snowpacks in the mountains each year, month and week. Two pictures side-by-side prove nothing.

28 posted on 02/15/2006 10:24:21 AM PST by colorcountry (The devil has many tools. Dishonesty is the handle that fits them all.)
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To: ex-Texan

Here is similar story on Yahoo (via The Nation - lefty mag):

http://news.yahoo.com/s/thenation/20060215/cm_thenation/160212;_ylt=A86.I1cDX_ND4h4BGQj9wxIF;_ylu=X3oDMTBjMHVqMTQ4BHNlYwN5bnN1YmNhdA--


29 posted on 02/15/2006 10:24:44 AM PST by frankjr
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To: ex-Texan
Bottom line is: The left,including the media, will do anything to try and ensure a victory for the terrorists of the world.I am not sure but i think these losers believe that the terrorists will make them royalty, in the New World Order~ or sumthin.... (twits!)

*sigh* this too shall pass and the left will look for another thing to make into a scandal.

30 posted on 02/15/2006 10:24:55 AM PST by Diva Betsy Ross (Embrace peace- Hug an American soldier- the real peace keepers.)
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To: AppyPappy
KOS??????? They are kidding, right?

The story itself isn't off yahoo, it's from The Huffington Post ... no surprise there either ..

31 posted on 02/15/2006 10:25:13 AM PST by tx_eggman (Islamofascism ... bringing you the best of the 7th century for the past 1300 years.)
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To: ex-Texan
The real story is already emerging, if you're willing to do a little digging. Cheney and Whittington went hunting with two women (not their wives), there was some drinking, and Whittington wound up shot.

The Rats are stoking on their bong pipes and dreaming fantasies.

32 posted on 02/15/2006 10:25:24 AM PST by demlosers (Kerry: "Impeach Bush, filibuster Alito, withdraw from Iraq, send U235 to Iran, elect me President!")
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To: OldFriend

ROFL!

Can you believe this tripe?


33 posted on 02/15/2006 10:25:37 AM PST by Peach (Hillary ran over a cop and didn't even stop.)
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To: Back and to the Left

Welcome to FR.


34 posted on 02/15/2006 10:26:10 AM PST by ncpatriot
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To: AppyPappy

Shows their bias as well.
And how much fact checking they did.


35 posted on 02/15/2006 10:26:10 AM PST by Darksheare (Leave no clove un hoofed.)
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To: pollyannaish

The women were hardly the kind of star-struck bimbos that get involved in Dim shenanigans.


36 posted on 02/15/2006 10:26:29 AM PST by SlowBoat407 (The best stuff happens just before the thread snaps.)
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To: ex-Texan

"This was the missing paragraph:

Armstrong also told NBC News that she does not believe alcohol was involved in the accident. She says she believes no one that day was drinking, although she says there may have been beer available during a picnic lunch that preceded the incident. "There may be a beer or two in there," she said, "but remember not everyone in the party was shooting."

This is how the article appears now. This is how it was.

It might have been good journalism to remove this speculation, since the quote is messy. There may have been a beer or two "in there," she says. But she also says no one that day was drinking. I suppose someone could do an accounting. Interview some people. Maybe the vice president will address the matter some time.

An MSNBC.com spokeswoman is on the case. Will update."

http://blogs.philly.com/blinq/2006/02/was_there_beer_.html


37 posted on 02/15/2006 10:26:45 AM PST by frankjr
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To: ncountylee

Chappaquiddick happened almost forty years ago, and Ted Kennedy's turned his personal life around. >>>

Hard to tell--a perfect sphere is identical seen from all angles.


38 posted on 02/15/2006 10:26:55 AM PST by Phil Connors
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To: ex-Texan
Of course, Chappaquiddick happened almost forty years ago, and Ted Kennedy's turned his personal life around.

Rumor has it he turned a few waitresses around at La Brasserie quite a while after Chappaquiddick.

And I believe that he was an accessory (at least morally speaking)to that rape in Palm Beach a few years back.

39 posted on 02/15/2006 10:26:56 AM PST by Gay State Conservative
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To: ex-Texan

That's quite the investigative report. NOT.


40 posted on 02/15/2006 10:27:13 AM PST by jw777
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To: roses of sharon

It's a good thing to keep mental track of posters to assess their agendas. Unfortunately, I can't seem to do it, except in extremely egregious cases.

Maybe you found one.


41 posted on 02/15/2006 10:27:14 AM PST by altura
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To: ex-Texan

This is libel... this is shocking. Have the kooks over at Huffington Post become reporters for the MSM. I am frankly shocked by the fast and loose quality of this article. Did Howard Dean write this?


42 posted on 02/15/2006 10:27:43 AM PST by faithincowboys
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To: ex-Texan

Smells like ozone to me. Better get low to the ground, as I hear the flapping of wings, the meowing . . . the horror.

Look, your hair is standing on end.

It could come any second . . .


43 posted on 02/15/2006 10:27:44 AM PST by RinaseaofDs (If stupidity were painful, liberals would be extinct)
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To: steelcurtain
This isn't the main stream media saying this garbage, it's the howling moonbats at Huffington Post.

A distinction without a difference any more.

44 posted on 02/15/2006 10:28:23 AM PST by CFC__VRWC ("Anytime a liberal squeals in outrage, an angel gets its wings!" - gidget7)
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To: SlowBoat407
Of course not.

But when it comes to moonbattery, facts don't matter—only insinuation. So if the drunkenness doesn't get an appropriately hysterical response, they always throw in the women. Or in some cases, the men.

It's NUTS! And very, very predictable.
45 posted on 02/15/2006 10:28:45 AM PST by pollyannaish
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To: ex-Texan

Vice President Cheney didn't leave Whittington in the brush to die; Cheney's Chappaquiddick, my ass!!


46 posted on 02/15/2006 10:28:49 AM PST by NRA1995 (If feminists are so smart, why do they need masturbation workshops?)
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To: Peach

The other woman was Mrs. Armstrong's daughter, I believe.


47 posted on 02/15/2006 10:28:59 AM PST by Howlin ("QUICK HE'S BLEEDING. CALL THE WASH POST!")
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To: ex-Texan
Tinfoil alert!!!

In related news: Alcoa stock rose today.

48 posted on 02/15/2006 10:29:10 AM PST by Lurking in Kansas (Nothing witty here… move on.)
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To: ex-Texan

Is there anywhere in the Constitution that says the VP can't drink beer on personal time? That is what I thought.


49 posted on 02/15/2006 10:29:42 AM PST by JackDanielsOldNo7 (If it wasn't for marriage, I would not have this screenname.)
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To: colorcountry; Utah Binger

I've been hunting with men who are not my husband. There may also have been alcohol involved on occasion (when shooting isn't.)

Does that mean I'm guilty of a "great sin?"

(I don't know about the sin - but it was great!)


50 posted on 02/15/2006 10:29:45 AM PST by colorcountry (The devil has many tools. Dishonesty is the handle that fits them all.)
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