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What if Dick Cheney Hadn’t Stiffed the Press?
The American Thinker ^ | 2 20 06 | Herbert E. Meyer

Posted on 02/20/2006 5:54:19 AM PST by Kitten Festival

For more than a week now, the press has been beating up on Vice President Dick Cheney for his handling – or, rather, for his mis-handling – of how the accidental shooting of his friend while on a hunting trip in Texas was disclosed. The theme that runs through all this criticism is that the Vice President made a terrible mistake in not arranging for news of the shooting to be disclosed immediately, rather than waiting 14 hours to put out the word.

But what if Dick Cheney hadn’t stiffed the press? Let’s conduct what scientists call a “thought experiment.” Let’s press the rewind button and go back to the very moment of the accidental shooting….

Cheney spots a quail, pulls the trigger—and to his horror Harry Whittington falls to the ground. Without a moment’s hesitation the Vice President reaches into his pocket, pulls out his cell phone, and calls NBC News White House Correspondent David Gregory.

Gregory? This is Cheney. I’m hunting in Texas and I’ve just accidentally shot my friend.

When?

Thirty seconds ago, maybe forty. Took a while to find your number.

Is he dead or alive?

Don’t know. But I thought I better call you to get the word out fast.

While this conversation is taking place, another conversation is taking place on television:

Welcome to Hardball, I’m Chris Matthews. According to a new MSNBC poll, the Bush Administration is now the most hated and distrusted Administration in our country’s history. The question is, why. My guests today have two very different perspectives on all this. Nancy Pelosi is the House Democratic leader, and Katrina Vanden Heuvel is the highly-respected editor of the non-partisan magazine, The Nation.

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: accident; cheney; chrismatthews; harrywhittington; hunting; kennedy; media; teddykennedy; tedkennedy; texas

1 posted on 02/20/2006 5:54:20 AM PST by Kitten Festival
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To: Kitten Festival
Its only objective is to discredit the Bush Administration, and by doing so to increase the chances of a Democratic victory in the upcoming 2006 elections and, of course, in the 2008 Presidential election.

The press will criticize everything this administration does. They might as well STOP trying to appease the press, because it can't be done. Enact your agenda, let the press howl and moan, and at the end of the day, do what Reagan did. Go straight to the American people and make your case.

2 posted on 02/20/2006 5:58:09 AM PST by ez ("Abashed the devil stood and felt how awful goodness is." - Milton)
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To: Kitten Festival

If DC hadn't stiffed the press NSA would still be the Current Obsession. It was a brilliant operation worthy of Mr. Rove but it may have been actually an accident.


3 posted on 02/20/2006 5:58:41 AM PST by arthurus (Better to fight them OVER THERE than over here.)
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To: Kitten Festival

Cheney ought to hold his next press conference while on the commode, allowing the Liberal Drone to really get up close and personal with him.


4 posted on 02/20/2006 5:59:39 AM PST by jla (Urge Mike Pence to run for POTUS in '08: www.house.gov/formpence/IMA/contact.htm)
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To: jla

"Cheney ought to hold his next press conference while on the commode, allowing the Liberal Drone to really get up close and personal with him."

LOL! After a big old bean burrito dinner. ;)

The press would've smeared VP Cheney either way. I think he did the right thing.


5 posted on 02/20/2006 6:01:54 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Kitten Festival
I agree, would make no difference, in the end it would all
have been the same results. I hope all this hatred will come back to bite the left in the _____ in the end. There are a lot of independent voters and, I pray they will see the lies on the left and the hate they spew for all Republicans and the Bush Adm.
6 posted on 02/20/2006 6:03:31 AM PST by buck61 (luv6060)
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To: Kitten Festival
What if Dick Cheney Hadn’t Stiffed the Press?

No question: his prompt notification of the press would have been treated as a confession of guilt for something really, really bad. They'd be fuzzy on the crime itself, but they'd be very clear that it was bad, and Cheney confessed to it.

7 posted on 02/20/2006 6:04:09 AM PST by Shalom Israel (Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.)
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To: arthurus; Kitten Festival

If Cheney hadn't stiffed him, they would find something else about the case to criticize him on. They might be going more into "was cheney drunk" theories.


8 posted on 02/20/2006 6:05:29 AM PST by Barney Gumble (A liberal is someone too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel - Robert Frost)
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To: ez
This has been the M.O. of the Press and the Democrat Party since the first day Bush took office. Alan Simpson said about the press on the Chris Wallace show yesterday in the AM that it was controversy,crap and confusion and I for one think it is and the Democrats orchestrating it all with the aid of the MSM. I do not see how anyone in their right mind cannot see through the Democrats. Since Bush was elected they have been willing to sacrifice our safety,security and economy to reach their goals. The Democrat Party in America is just as dangerous in the long run as the terrorist in my opinion.
9 posted on 02/20/2006 6:06:10 AM PST by gunnedah
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To: Kitten Festival
"Let’s press the rewind button and go back to the very moment of the accidental shooting…."


Oh ... by all means. Let us wail, gnash teeth, and beat ourselves with flails, lest we forget how insignificant the MSM is.






10 posted on 02/20/2006 6:10:00 AM PST by G.Mason (Duty, Honor, Country)
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To: Barney Gumble

Whats funny here...is before Cheney and Gore came along....no one cared about the vice-president and he barely ever got mentioned in the press. If we go back to Mondale...if he was really lucky...there might be regional press to show for a speech and if it were in New York or LA...it'd make the national press...otherwise, we never heard of the guy. If we go back to Agnew...the guy was sitting in a closet the entire time and nobody could even remember his name.


11 posted on 02/20/2006 6:11:23 AM PST by pepsionice
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To: Barney Gumble
If Cheney hadn't stiffed him, they would find something else about the case to criticize him on.

If Cheney had gone first to the D.C. Press, the drumbeat would have been, "he cares more about spinning the news than the health of his hunting buddy".

12 posted on 02/20/2006 6:13:27 AM PST by 6SJ7
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To: pepsionice

My mother used to say it seemed like the function of a Vice President was to go to funerals the President chose not to attend. For years the only time they made the news was when they represented the US at a funeral.


13 posted on 02/20/2006 6:17:44 AM PST by Tammy8 (Build a Real Border Fence, and enforce Immigration Laws!!!)
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14 posted on 02/20/2006 6:19:22 AM PST by meanie monster (http://guptonator.myvideochat.net)
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To: Kitten Festival
Cheney was 'gonna get screwed by the MSM anyway he handled it. He just did it on his own terms... denying the pri_ks the power they so desperately desire.
15 posted on 02/20/2006 6:23:09 AM PST by johnny7 (“Iuventus stultorum magister”)
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To: gunnedah
I do not see how anyone in their right mind cannot see through the Democrats.

I find two types of people who make this disinformation campaign by the MSM dangerous. Those who want to believe the worst about Republicans, and accept many of the distortions as fact. And those who pay very little attention to what goes on in the world, and get their information from the big four...abc, nbcm cbs, and cnn. The first group cannot be turned except by changing the media since they choose ignorance. The second group, hoewever, can be influenced by gently turning them toward more reliable news sources.

Regardless, it is an uphill battle. FReegards...

16 posted on 02/20/2006 6:29:26 AM PST by ez ("Abashed the devil stood and felt how awful goodness is." - Milton)
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To: Kitten Festival

Cheney did not intentionally start out to allow the press to make fools of themselves, but it sure turned out that way. Not only that, but they are still doing it.

The American media : How low can they go?


17 posted on 02/20/2006 6:30:45 AM PST by sgtbono2002
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To: Kitten Festival

ASAP, VP Cheney needs to find something else important to break to a small town newspaper. Just for fun.


18 posted on 02/20/2006 6:30:53 AM PST by Enterprise (The MSM - Propaganda wing and news censorship division of the Democrat Party.)
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To: arthurus
It was a brilliant operation worthy of Mr. Rove but it may have been actually an accident.

I reject this analysis, and claim it was not an "operation" at all. It was the logical way to handle the course of events.

19 posted on 02/20/2006 6:32:20 AM PST by ez ("Abashed the devil stood and felt how awful goodness is." - Milton)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
Cheney ought to hold his next press conference while on the commode

The press would've smeared VP Cheney either way.

But if Cheny were on the commode he could smear them right back.

20 posted on 02/20/2006 6:35:24 AM PST by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for Sgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: Kitten Festival
While I don't want to "stiff the press", the WH press corps has proven itself to be a herd of irrelevant, self-serving, arrogant, ignorant airheads.

Time after time, when any event of WH interest occurs, they ask the stupidest questions such as "when exactly did Bush know?" or "is that Cheney's shotgun?".

Clearly they are focused on extracting any damaging point they can trumpet to smear the reputation of this administration. That's all they care about. Truth doesn't even enter the equation. They are after The Story that will catapult them to the front row of Bush Haters Inc.

I'm glad they were stiffed. Let them get their information like reporters actually do, by observing and reporting.

21 posted on 02/20/2006 6:56:48 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: Kitten Festival
Kudos to the Veep. Rove ordered him to create an incident and he managed to merely wound his friend. That's tricky shooting. If only he'd yelled: "Hey counselor, block tort reform again and I'll aim to kill!"

The important thing is it took the focus of the NSA monitoring which was leaked by Rove to ensure Alito got confirmed which was a ploy to shift focus from Scooter Libby which ...never mind.

22 posted on 02/20/2006 6:59:46 AM PST by Dilbert56
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To: Kitten Festival
Cheney reported to the medical EMT's and police immediately. How long did it take the Swimmer to call for real help for Mary Jo ?


23 posted on 02/20/2006 7:07:07 AM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: Sender

The top ten questions the WH press corps would have asked...if only they had been there at the moment of the shooting:

10. Were you aiming at his chest or just in general?
9. How many beers did you drink at lunch and were you legally intoxicated by Texas standards?
8. Do you have a gun license and is the weapon registered in your name?
7. Were there any hookers with the hunting group?
6. When did you offically call the president and let him know that you screwed up?
5. If it took so long to notify the state game officials...was there some reason that you were illegally hunting there?
4. If your hunting partner had been a democrat...would it have made any difference?
3. How many people have you shot in your hunting career?
2. Did your medication cause loss of control of your mind?
1. Will you be hunting again next spring and can we tag along with you?

As stupid as these sound...they are likely true questions that the WH press would ask. Sad but true.


24 posted on 02/20/2006 7:22:24 AM PST by pepsionice
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To: ez

"The press will criticize everything this administration does. They might as well STOP trying to appease the press, because it can't be done. Enact your agenda, let the press howl and moan, and at the end of the day, do what Reagan did. Go straight to the American people and make your case."

Bears repeating.


25 posted on 02/20/2006 7:26:25 AM PST by Samwise
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To: george76
How long did it take the Swimmer to call for real help for Mary Jo ?

I don't believe he ever called for any professional help or notified the authorities, did he? It's been reported he made 26 long distance calls from his motel room in an effort to help himself and to establish an alibi. According to reports, he was on the ferry the next morning going back to Chappaquiddick when he heard the accident had been discovered. Can you imagine what story he would have cooked up and blamed someone else for if he could have gotten to the folks in the cabin and established his story? He did a job on them, because none of those girls have talked yet! He tried to get his cousin, Paul Markham, to take the blame for him, but he refused. I didn't get this information from the MSM....I had to read Senatorial Privilege by Leo Damore.

To the everlasting shame of Democrats, they never sought punishment for their own, but will go to any lengths to ruin a good man's reputation if he happens to be a Republican. I'm sure there are some good Democrats, but they should do something about their leadership and the corruptness in their party!

26 posted on 02/20/2006 7:27:07 AM PST by PeskyOne
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To: Kitten Festival
MSM standards: When you're a Republican you can do no right - when a Democrat, you can do no wrong.

That's it, no truth, no honor, no principle -- just raw favoritism -- teacher's pet syndrome run amuck. Sooooo charming. (not)

27 posted on 02/20/2006 7:27:54 AM PST by GOPJ (Quisling editors show all the nobility of crack whores over cartoon publication.)
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To: Graybeard58

LOL! Maybe that was a bad choice of words on my part. Not that it wouldn't be a thing of beauty to behold, though! :)


28 posted on 02/20/2006 7:28:46 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: johnny7

denying the pri_ks the power they so desperately desire.

It'd be great if the next big story involving the VP would be given to the local Texas newspaper, bypassing again the press corps


29 posted on 02/20/2006 7:33:20 AM PST by Joan Kerrey (what support is Sinclair giving to a candidate)
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To: Enterprise

VP Cheney needs to find something else important to break to a small town newspaper. Just for fun.

Perfect. I wish. I wish. They'd have a group tantrum


30 posted on 02/20/2006 7:34:38 AM PST by Joan Kerrey (what support is Sinclair giving to a candidate)
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To: Kitten Festival

The press still would have pounced, over-reacted and had a hissy fit about the need to bring Cheney down.

In other words, nothing different.


31 posted on 02/20/2006 8:03:12 AM PST by Buckeye Battle Cry (Life is too short to go through it clenched of sphincter and void of humor - it's okay to laugh.)
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To: ez

I agree!


32 posted on 02/20/2006 8:09:57 AM PST by gunnedah
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To: PeskyOne

The DUmmies are amazing. They have been successful in fooling some of the people, some of the time.

They can get away with their illegal and immoral behavior only with the help of the old media.

It took Hillary years until she could "find" her billing records that were under her bed. The old media gave her another pass.

The new media is slowly taking over. Which is why the lazy, stupid...Gregory and his buddies are so worked up that they were not handed the Cheney story.


33 posted on 02/20/2006 8:16:53 AM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: pepsionice

LOL, so true! Some of those questions may actually have been asked. I'll check the transcript again.


34 posted on 02/20/2006 8:32:59 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: PeskyOne

Why has no one who was there at the party at Chappaquiddick come forward after 36 years? Fear or loyalty? They all had to be deeply committed to the Kennedy cause to be invited to the party to begin with.


35 posted on 02/20/2006 8:40:02 AM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: pepsionice
Actual WH press corps transcript:

Q Was it Cheney's gun? Is that his gun, that shotgun?

MR. MCCLELLAN: I'm sorry?

Q Was it the vice president's --

MR. MCCLELLAN: You'll have to talk to the vice president's office and check that fact.

Q You don't know?

MR. MCCLELLAN: You can check with their office.

-snip-

Q It doesn't make any sense, though. I mean, this happens at 5:30 on Saturday, and you're saying that until the morning, the president of the United States --

MR. MCCLELLAN: No, I didn't say that. I said there was additional information coming in later that evening and into the morning hours of Sunday.

Q You've got to clarify the timeline, Scott. That doesn't make any sense.

Q When did the president know the the vice president was the shooter? What time?

MR. MCCLELLAN: Again, there was additional information coming in that night. The details continued to come in throughout the morning into the Sunday morning time period.

Go ahead.

Q Scott?

Q The vice president did not call the president to tell him he was the shooter?

-snip-

Q Who was gathering the facts? Who was --

MR. MCCLELLAN: I'm sorry?

Q Who was doing that?

MR. MCCLELLAN: Well, I think there's information on the ground there, as well as information then being provided -- from the ground there being provided back here.

Q Right, and who was doing the providing? And who were they providing it to?

MR. MCCLELLAN: Well, people with the Vice President's Office. I think he can probably -- I will check with his office on more specifics.

Go ahead --

Q But when did the president specifically know that the vice president had shot somebody?

-snip-

Q So he knew -- so he knew Saturday evening --

Q Scott, definitively, did the president know --

MR. MCCLELLAN: Some additional information, yes, and that the vice president --

Q -- (inaudible) --

MR. MCCLELLAN: -- and that the vice president was involved, but didn't know the full facts of what had occurred.

Q How is that possible?

(Cross talk.)

Q Scott, he knew Saturday night?

MR. MCCLELLAN: Carl, go ahead.

Q He knew Saturday night?

-snip-

Q So on Sunday morning at 6:00 --

MR. MCCLELLAN: Right.

Q -- you were clear personally that the vice president had in fact been the shooter.

MR. MCCLELLAN: That's correct. That's correct.

Q Thank you. MR. MCCLELLAN: I'm sorry? Q When did the president know that the vice president --

36 posted on 02/20/2006 8:50:35 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: pepsionice

The WH press corps has to be the most inane, bumbling, irrelevant troop of a-holes I've ever heard. And that's the best thing I can say.


37 posted on 02/20/2006 9:10:25 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: Kitten Festival; All

Well .. if people didn't see the interview on Fox News Sunday .. read my new tagline.

You will notice it is a quoted statement - and FOX has been having a lot of fun replaying and replaying it.


38 posted on 02/20/2006 9:21:43 AM PST by CyberAnt (Democrats/Old Media: "controversy, crap and confusion" -- Amen!)
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To: 6SJ7
If Cheney had gone first to the D.C. Press, the drumbeat would have been, "he cares more about spinning the news than the health of his hunting buddy".

Exactly. They might have even said "Why isn't the family releasing the news? Why Cheney?" Who knows what complaints they could come up with, but it would be something to try to make a scandal.

39 posted on 02/20/2006 10:15:27 AM PST by Barney Gumble (A liberal is someone too broadminded to take his own side in a quarrel - Robert Frost)
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To: Verginius Rufus
They all had to be deeply committed to the Kennedy cause to be invited to the party to begin with.

That's very true, but I would have thought some of those "RFK" girls would have had some loyalty to their friend, Mary Jo Kopechne....especially after it was discovered that she was alive while underwater for several minutes (one report said an hour). The diver said she could have been rescued if he had gotten help rather than trying to cover up his complicity in the accident.

40 posted on 02/20/2006 10:25:11 AM PST by PeskyOne
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To: Huck

You might like this one.


41 posted on 02/20/2006 10:29:32 AM PST by Howlin ("Quick, he's bleeding! Is there a <strike>doctor</strike> reporter in the house?")
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To: Barney Gumble

It's like the old story of the old man, the boy, and the donkey, going on a trip...no matter what they did (boy riding while man walked, old man riding while boy walked, both riding, neither riding) the by-standers would find fault with how they were handling it.


42 posted on 02/20/2006 11:06:48 AM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: Kitten Festival
Q: What if Dick Cheney Bill Clinton Hadn’t Stiffed the Press?

A: Their egos would have been deflated.

43 posted on 02/20/2006 11:35:06 AM PST by BigSkyFreeper (Proud to be a cotton-pickin' Republican on the GOP Plantation)
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To: Kitten Festival

Good article


44 posted on 02/20/2006 3:27:30 PM PST by EveningStar
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