media coverup?

Curiously, the following paragraphs (from early reports of the Dick Cheney hunting incident) appear to have been omitted from all subsequent media updates on the incident. I present them here without further comment:

Katharine Armstrong, the ranch’s owner, told The Associated Press that the accident occurred after Cheney, Whittington [the victim] and another hunter got out of a car to shoot at a covey of quail.

Whittington apparently “came up from behind the vice president and the other hunter and didn’t signal them or indicate to them or announce himself,” said Armstrong, who was in the car. “We heard a low, growling noise, and discovered the vice president on all fours, hunched over Whittington’s body.”

“At first,” Armstrong continued, “we thought the wounds on Whittington’s face were bite marks. We feared he’d been attacked by some wild animal.”

White House representatives expressed surprise that Cheney had been hunting this weekend. “The vice president prefers to avoid public hunting trips within five days of the full moon, as the extra illumination allows potential prey to spot him more readily.”


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