An Obligatory Cheney “Peppering” Post
Dick Cheney made an enormous, embarrassing mistake when he “peppered,” “blasted,” “shot,” however you want to put it, his pal Harry Whittington during a quail hunting trip. Whittington is lucky he wasn’t seriously injured in the accident and Cheney was right to apologize to him.
However, the left side of the blogosphere seems to have become seized with paranoia and angst about the “18 hour gap” between when Cheney accidentally hit his friend with birdshot and when that information was given to the press.
Here are a few comments from the lefty bloggers:
“So, what we have is an event shrouded in secrecy for almost twenty-four hours which, when disclosed, was accompanied by a fawning statement by a Bush apparachik exonerating Cheney from any and all blame and/or liability.
Thus, this appears to be yet another example of the Bush Administration attempting to manipulate the press and perhaps hide the truth.” — political cortex
“Something is weird about this. I can’t put my finger on what it is, and I’m awaiting a read of whatever police report gets released, but the whole narrative is odd. And reeks of covering for something.” — firedoglake
“F*ck it,” (Cheney) said. “Call in the ‘copter. Tell Harry to keep it quiet or we’ll kill his grandchildren. Sit on the story. F*ckin’ media doesn’t need to know a godd*mn thing. Now, someone open that bottle of Scotch and pour me a stiff one. And, hey, did I get the quail that was behind him, heh-heh? Let’s fricassee that f*cker.” — The Rude Pundit speculates, imagines, emotes, I can never quite figure out what that idiot is doing beyond trying to be deliberately obnoxious
First of all, Cheney isn’t required to alert the jackals in the mainstream press about anything. It’s their job to find out information, not his job to provide it for them. Moreover, Cheney’s press secretary confirmed what happened when he was asked about it and said reporting the matter to the press had been left in the hands of Katharine Armstrong, the owner of the ranch, who called the local paper, Corpus Christi Caller-Times and told them all about it the day after the event. So obviously, there was no intent to hide what happened.
In any case, the long and short of this is: Dick Cheney should be more careful about where he’s pointing and firing a loaded gun.