In a gesture admirable in its sentiment but inexcusable in its belatedness, the vice president tells Fox News that he alone is to blame for the accident He called it "one of the worst days of my life" (video or story) He does not, however, apologize for having a private citizen break the news to the world--almost 24 hours late.


Harry Whittington, the 78-year-old lawyer who was shot by Vice President Dick Cheney in a hunting accident, has a birdshot pellet in his heart and had "a minor heart attack" Tuesday morning He is back in intensive care | story
The ER chief at the Texas hospital, asked if the birdshot could endanger Whittington's life, responded: "When birdshot is in your body, there's always the risk they can move We'll watch very closely for any migration"

Continuing Coverage:

  • Account of Doctors raises questions on heart injury
  • Think Progress: Scott McClellan concealed the heart attack from the press
  • A White House spokesman cracked jokes on the record about the incident (before Whittington suffered the heart attack)
  • The Smoking Gun surfaces the Texas hunting accident report (hat tip: Huffington Post)
  • The lowdown on what hunting rules Cheney broke
  • Slow Leak: Time publishes an inside account of why Cheney didn't publicly disclose news of the accident for 24 hourscom/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/02/13/AR2006021301303html" title="Unloading on Cheney:">Unloading on Cheney: Comedians take aim at the vice president
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    Truthdig says: It strains credulity to suggest, as the White House has, that the vice president couldn't inform the national media of the incident while also ensuring proper medical care of the guy on the receiving end of his shotgun blast. Lots of updates on the next page.

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