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He Lost Control of His Emotions
Newsweak ^ | 2-27-2006 | Steve Tuttle

Posted on 02/19/2006 5:33:25 PM PST by digger48

Feb. 27, 2006 issue - Like Dick Cheney, veteran hunter John Freck knows the feeling of raising a shotgun to a covey of quail. "You get a huge adrenaline rush when the birds flush," says Freck, who regularly pursues quail with his German shorthaired pointer, Gunnar. That rush is one of the reasons hunters love the sport. But it's also the cause of accidents. No matter what else they may think of Cheney, hunters around the country agreed last week that the vice president, known as a careful sportsman and a good shot, broke a cardinal rule: in that exhilarating moment when the birds scattered up all around him, he didn't check to make sure his line of fire was clear before he pulled the trigger. "He lost control of his emotions," Freck says. "In a split second, you have to decide all these things at once."

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: cheney; harrywhitting; losthismind; newsweak; stevetuttle; tuttuttuttle; whittington; yougottabekidding
They're in full blown "Hissy-Fit" mode over this, aren't they?
1 posted on 02/19/2006 5:33:28 PM PST by digger48
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To: digger48

The media's response is comical, really. I'm fully enjoying the entertainment value of their hysteria. I hope it lasts at least another week.


2 posted on 02/19/2006 5:35:43 PM PST by Ligeia
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To: digger48
Well, the MSM has plenty to be mad about.

1. They got scooped by a local paper.

2. Whittington didn't die.

3. Cheney isn't being charged with anything.

4. Whittington doesn't hate Cheney.

So yeah, they're even angrier than usual.

3 posted on 02/19/2006 5:38:07 PM PST by Gordongekko909 (I know. Let's cut his WHOLE BODY off.)
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To: digger48
No matter what else they may think of Cheney, hunters around the country

Not one of whom witnessed what happened...

What a bunch of wussy girlymen the MSM are.

4 posted on 02/19/2006 5:38:47 PM PST by Darkwolf377
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To: digger48

"He lost control of his emotions," Freck says.

Whoops, I thought it was another David Gregory story!


5 posted on 02/19/2006 5:39:56 PM PST by ConservativeGreek
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To: digger48
He Lost Control of His Emotions

Oh, pleases, Newsweaklings, say what you REALLY want to say: "Cheney cried like a baby! Take that, you evil Republican MEN!!!!!"

6 posted on 02/19/2006 5:40:34 PM PST by Darkwolf377
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To: digger48
These "journalists" are going to be tracking down experienced hunters and sportsmen for weeks to let us all know what a lapse in judgment Cheney suffered. It was a hunting accident, period.
7 posted on 02/19/2006 5:40:52 PM PST by jazusamo (A Progressive is only a Socialist in a transparent disguise.)
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To: Ligeia
Jonathan Alter's take...

The Imperial (Vice) Presidency
Since Cheney doesn't have a real chance of moving up, he felt he could change the rules.

Washington: CheneyÂ’s World And Woes
Feb. 27, 2006 issue - Fox News's exclusive interview with Vice President Dick Cheney was, as CNN's Jack Cafferty sniped, "like Bonnie interviewing Clyde," but Brit Hume posed some good questions. When asked if he still thinks after everything that happened that he handled the story the right way, Cheney replied, "I still do." To me, this was the most revealing part of the whole episode. Cheney believes in what might be called partisan accountability‚—you answer only to your own side, on your own terms, not to the jackals of the mainstream media.

8 posted on 02/19/2006 5:41:41 PM PST by digger48
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To: digger48

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11434566/site/newsweek/


9 posted on 02/19/2006 5:42:17 PM PST by digger48
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To: digger48
hunters around the country agreed last week . . . .

Yeah, sure. I believe, Steve. Great sourcing. The Tooth Fairy told me so.

10 posted on 02/19/2006 5:45:16 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: digger48

Vice President Cheney couldn't care less what Alter or any other media ninny thinks of him and they hate him for it.


11 posted on 02/19/2006 5:45:58 PM PST by Ligeia
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To: Cicero
hunters around the country agreed last week

The only way it could be more credible to me is if I got it in one of those FW:FW:FW: emails.

12 posted on 02/19/2006 5:48:36 PM PST by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for Sgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: digger48

And who is this John Freck?


13 posted on 02/19/2006 5:48:49 PM PST by NewHampshireDuo
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To: digger48

If Mr. Whittington isn't upset over it, why should anyone else be?

Just the leftstream media tying their hardest to embarrass the Bush Administration, that's all.


14 posted on 02/19/2006 5:49:11 PM PST by DakotaRed
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To: digger48

The MSM will continue to cover this until it completely kills the Democratic Party. The MSM, along with Howard Dean, is the greatest thing that we have going for the Republican Party and conservatives. Middle America will not tolerate any more of this BS. So, keep it up MSM!


15 posted on 02/19/2006 5:54:44 PM PST by Bushbacker1 (Kill 'em til they're dead! Then, kill 'em again!)
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To: Graybeard58
The Quail hunters in S. Georgia generally think Whittington was more at fault by not announcing himself,
16 posted on 02/19/2006 6:19:49 PM PST by GeorgefromGeorgia
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To: Graybeard58

Gee: I hunt. Nobody asked me what I thought. How could I agree if they didnt ask me?

I agree with one thing he says, When those birds start up, no matter how ready you are , you arent ready.


17 posted on 02/19/2006 6:19:58 PM PST by sgtbono2002
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To: digger48

First Cheney is a cold, unemotional robot for not immediately going to the media and making a tearful display. Now he is a wild, emotional wreck with a gun. Maybe he was too intensely focused on his prey and that contributed to the accident. A misstep like that is "losing control" of emotions? I guess the media are making it sound like he had some sort of tantrum and shot his friend in a fit of rage. That is absurd. And how many toxic emotions did Bill Clinton exhibit and Newsweek was enthralled with him.


18 posted on 02/19/2006 6:36:14 PM PST by Wilhelm Tell (True or False? This is not a tag line.)
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To: GeorgefromGeorgia
The Quail hunters in S. Georgia generally think Whittington was more at fault by not announcing himself,

Yeah, who cares if the other guy is supposed to be "at fault" when it's YOU that gets shot?

19 posted on 02/19/2006 6:36:45 PM PST by Fido969
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To: Bushbacker1
The MSM will continue to cover this until it completely kills the Democratic Party.

Nah, they didn't get any traction with this one, either. We've moved on to "Bush sold our ports to the ARABS".
Won't be any traction there, either, but it has gotten Freepers in a lather. LOL.

20 posted on 02/19/2006 6:38:51 PM PST by speekinout
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To: GeorgefromGeorgia
This N. Ga. quail hunter (who gets to go to S.GA with her dog when she's good) agrees.

Cheney did the gentlemanly and proper thing and took full responsibility, but the fault was not entirely his.

21 posted on 02/19/2006 7:18:06 PM PST by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: digger48
That rush is one of the reasons hunters love the sport.

What a moron! Killing an animal is not a "sport". It's a barbarity. Unless you're killing it for food, there's no reason to kill a living creature. Blood-thirsty "pro-life" hypocrites.

22 posted on 02/19/2006 7:30:04 PM PST by my_pointy_head_is_sharp (We're living in the Dark Ages.)
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To: my_pointy_head_is_sharp

I tend to agree. I used to hunt, grew up on a farm, could hunt for miles each direction.

And I still don't mind others doing it responsibly, in fact I take any chance I get to eat most wild game. I just LOVE IT.

But I no longer have any desire to kill something myself. I haven't shot a long gun in 10 years. Even have a shotgun I won 8 years ago that I've never shot.

BTW I also have an uncle who has, for 40 years, made custom, very high-power African hunting rifles. He's made guns that have shot some of most every large animal on the planet. Ironic, isn't it?


23 posted on 02/19/2006 7:58:17 PM PST by digger48
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To: digger48

According to someone who was at the scene, the lawyer had been hunting for a bird he shot. He was in a depression and starting to climb up when Cheney turned to shoot his bird. Cheney was facing the setting sun at that point and his vision may have been blown.


24 posted on 02/20/2006 2:28:26 AM PST by gleeaikin (Question Authority)
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To: ConservativeGreek

25 posted on 02/20/2006 2:31:35 AM PST by Bender2 (Redid my FR Homepage just for ya'll... Now, Vote Republican and vote often!)
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To: Gordongekko909
5. No matter how hard they try, America is still calling them whiny crybabies and they don't care about the story.

....this past Sunday had David Gregory in full defense mode.

26 posted on 02/20/2006 2:35:06 AM PST by tioga (Speaking out from the god-foresaken frozen tundra of the land of the hildebeast.)
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To: speekinout

I hope you are right about the port story..........because I still have questions. Seems like the pro-sale side of the story has had no coverage. I would like to see that side of the debate.


27 posted on 02/20/2006 2:38:22 AM PST by tioga (Speaking out from the god-foresaken frozen tundra of the land of the hildebeast.)
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To: digger48

I just "love" that title - thank God we have a VP who cares about his wounded friend enough to show some emotion about the whole ordeal. The MSM still doesn't get it do they? After initially reporting this subject, it is actually none of our business. Let it go already.


28 posted on 02/20/2006 2:40:52 AM PST by tioga (Speaking out from the god-foresaken frozen tundra of the land of the hildebeast.)
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To: NewHampshireDuo
And who is this John Freck?

He's a poseur. He's obviously not a bird hunter. I've been outing them on a number of open boards (including outdoors sites) for the last week. It's been a hoot.

30 posted on 02/20/2006 3:23:10 AM PST by bad company (There is no devil but Allah, and Mohammed is his porkchop.)
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To: digger48

Infants and children will do that.


31 posted on 02/20/2006 4:14:46 AM PST by Beckwith (The liberal press has picked sides ... and they have sided with the Islamofascists)
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To: Bender2

Love this NYT stuff.
Good work!


32 posted on 02/20/2006 4:18:30 AM PST by ConservativeGreek
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To: digger48
They are getting dirt all over themselves from their desperate digging at what is now a dead story. As those dignified media professionals such as Katie Couric like to say, "Well, duh! Get over it!"
33 posted on 02/20/2006 4:39:09 AM PST by arasina (So there.)
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To: bad company

Thanks and keep up the good work.


34 posted on 02/20/2006 4:40:32 AM PST by NewHampshireDuo
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To: my_pointy_head_is_sharp
Nobody's making you shoot anything.

I don't see where not killing animals for sport comes in in reference to quail . . . everybody eats all the quail they get. They are prime eating.

But you can't get around that humans originated as hunters, and are hard-wired to enjoy the chase. And pitting ones civilization-dulled senses and wits against a wily creature is a great tradition. Quite often the animal wins the encounter.

Food alone, however, is not the only justification for following the sport of hunting. With the ever-increasing pressures of suburbia, it is absolutely necessary to thin the wildlife population -- ESPECIALLY deer. If the thrill of the chase motivates the hunters to get out there and keep us from having thousands of starving, stunted 60-pound deer dying of disease and getting the browse line up to 50 inches . . . then that's a good thing.

35 posted on 02/20/2006 6:05:37 AM PST by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: ConservativeGreek
Thanks... I have more New York Slimes Editions on my FR Homepage and my Archives Page
36 posted on 02/20/2006 12:56:11 PM PST by Bender2 (Redid my FR Homepage just for ya'll... Now, Vote Republican and vote often!)
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