NEW YORK The more than 18-hour delay in news emerging that the Vice President of the United States had shot a man, sending him to an intensive care unit with his wounds, grew even more curious late Sunday. E&P has learned that the official confirmation of the shooting came about only after a local reporter in Corpus Christi, Texas, received a tip from the owner of the property where the shooting occurred and called Vice President Cheney's office for confirmation.What the hell? They weren’t going to say anything about this? Why is covering-up the first instinct with this administration? This was just a funny (unless you're Harry Whittington, the victim) side bar to Washington politics until this information surfaced.
The confirmation was made but it is not known for certain that Cheney's office, the White House, or anyone else intended to announce the shooting if the reporter, Jaime Powell of the Corpus Christ Caller-Times, had not received word from the ranch owner.
The Cheney spokesman Powell spoke with, Lea Anne McBride, would not comment on whether the White House would have ever released the information had the Caller-Times not contacted them.
By the way, some of the funniest coverage of this incident was on CNN last night when they went into great detail on what quail hunting entails. You know, the exact dates of the quail hunting season in Texas, what kind of gun is best used, stuff like that. Things that are good to know in understanding how the Vice President shoots someone.
Hat tip to Kos.