The David Gregorys of the world and their friends at left-wing interest groups such as the Center for American Progress can’t get enough of the Cheney-shoots-fellow-hunter story. Wednesday’s White House press briefings will surely bring more loaded questions.
As my fellow blogger Matt Lewis has written, the Cheney story actually might backfire on Democrats. Sure, it’s awful what happened and it’s clear the White House botched its early handling of the matter, but after three days of headlines and a steady stream of jokes, the story is starting to get old.
But that didn’t stop Think Progress from blaring: “White House Cover-Up: McClellan Conceals Heart Attack From Press.”
Here’s the story:
For 22 hours, the White House concealed the fact that Vice President Cheney had inadvertantly shot a 78-year old man, Harry Whittington.
The White House continues to withhold critical information from the press. In a press conference today, hospital administrator Peter Banko said that the White House had been informed that Mr. Whittington suffered a heart attack between 9:30-10AM this morning.
But at today’s White House Press Briefing, which started after 12PM, Scott McClellan didn’t tell the press. CNN confirmed that McClellan “was notified [about the heart attack] just before the briefing.” But McClellan suggested to reporters that he had no new information.
Clearly this is an impeachable offense. If only we had a Democratic Congress.