Cheney Hunting Story Filled With Discrepancies
Posted on Feb 18, 2006
VP Accident Tale Filled With Discrepancies
WASHINGTON - Vice President Dick Cheney said he didn’t immediately disclose his hunting accident because he wanted the confusing details to come out right. Instead, authorized accounts came out slowly—and often still wrong.
The result: a week of shifting blame, belatedly acknowledged beer consumption (not “zero” drinking after all) and evolving discrepancies in how the shooting happened, its aftermath and the way it was told to the nation.
Diagram in Cheney’s accident report wrong
WASHINGTON—There is something wrong with this picture.
In the only publicly available, official report on last weekend’s accidental shooting by Vice President Dick Cheney, a diagram of a body shows where Austin lawyer Harry Whittington was hit by pellets fired from Cheney’s Italian-made shotgun.
That diagram has been picked up and faithfully replicated by television and newspapers across the country, including the New York Times this week and by Newsday Thursday.
AP / David Bohrer