Monday, February 13, 2006

Surprising Fact: Hunters Are Not Supposed to Shoot at Each Other

According to an AP story that is actually headlining Yahoo News right now, Cheney broke a key hunting rule when he shot and injured a fellow hunter.

That key rule? Well, after speaking with experts, the AP has uncovered that a hunters are not really supposed to shoot one another. Turns out, Cheney shouldn’t have pulled the trigger. I wonder if anyone has informed the Vice President of his mistake?

Why this AP piece is a story, I have no idea. It’s not like Cheney maliciously spun around and shot the guy. It was an accident. Generally accidents are the result of someone screwing up. That’s pretty much the definition.

But the media aren’t happy calling a spade a spade. In addition to revealing that hunters aren’t supposed to shoot each other in the face, many news outlets are indignant that it took the White House almost 24 hours to announce the accident took place. While this White House does have a bad habit of obfuscating and spinning, I don’t see why it matters that Cheney’s accident wasn’t immediately made public. It’s not like they withheld the news for weeks or pretended like it didn’t happen.

In my estimation, these news organizations are making too much of this.

2 Comments:

Blogger amba said...

I agree it's much ado about not very much.

1:31 PM  
Blogger Steven Sieber said...

I agree and think that we should have a little more sympathy for Cheney. He just made a mistake and accidentally shot one of his friends, and now the guy had a heart attack. I'm sure Cheney feels horrible.

3:22 PM  

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