- George Zimmerman will not be charged in domestic dispute
- Russian officials press bilateral U.S. trade deal
- Selfies at Funerals blog creator retires after Obama flub: ‘Our work here is done’
- New Obama adviser Podesta is against Keystone but will steer clear of pipeline deliberations
- 40 Australian adults, children found in ‘one of the worst accounts of incest ever made public’
- Venezuela’s Maduro calls on student ‘price vigilantes’ to hit the streets, report businesses
- Atheists smug as Hindus join Satanists to demand display at Oklahoma Statehouse
- Bow before Valkyrie, NASA’s ‘superhero robot’ entry in DARPA challenge
- 10-year-old Pennsylvania boy suspended for pretend bow-and-arrow shooting
- Tea partyers turn on Capitol Hill budget deal
Cheney accepts blame in shooting
Question of the Day
Vice President Dick Cheney yesterday took full responsibility for accidentally shooting a hunting companion, but defended his decision not to immediately disclose the mishap.
“I’m the guy who pulled the trigger and shot my friend,” Mr. Cheney said. “It was, I’d have to say, one of the worst days of my life.”
He added, “The image of him falling is something that I’ll never be able to get out of my mind.”
The interview with Fox News Channel was the vice president’s first public explanation since spraying his friend, 78-year-old lawyer Harry Whittington, with birdshot while hunting quail on a Texas ranch Saturday.
The birdshot struck Mr. Whittington in the face, neck and chest, with one pellet later moving toward his heart and causing a mild heart attack. Mr. Whittington was in intensive care yesterday, but hospital officials said that this was for privacy reasons not medical ones and that his heartbeat was back to normal.
Christus Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi-Memorial administrator Peter Banko said Mr. Whittington had dismissed the furor over his shooting as “much ado about nothing.”
Mr. Cheney has come under criticism from the Washington press corps for not immediately notifying reporters of the accident. Instead, he said he decided to let the ranch owner, Katharine Armstrong, break the news to a local newspaper, the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, on Sunday.
That decision led to cries of outrage from White House correspondents.
“The press corps was upset because, to some extent, it was about them — they didn’t like the idea that we called the Corpus Christi Caller-Times instead of the New York Times,” the vice president said. “But it strikes me that the Corpus Christi Caller-Times is just as valid a news outlet as the New York Times is — especially to cover a major story in south Texas.”
Mr. Cheney was unapologetic about snubbing the national press, even saying he personally resisted calls from White House officials to get the information out more swiftly.
“I thought that was the correct call,” he told interviewer Brit Hume. “I still do.”
He added, “My first reaction, Brit, was not to think I needed to call the press. My first reaction is: ‘My friend Harry has been shot. And we’ve got to take care of him.’”
The vice president also said he wanted Mr. Whittington’s family notified before the news was broken to journalists.
The vice president’s insistence on taking full responsibility for the accident marked a shift in strategy for the administration.
Previously, the White House suggested that Mr. Whittington had violated a hunting “protocol” by not making his whereabouts more clearly known to Mr. Cheney.
By Matt Kibbe
- Rand Paul: Budget deal 'shameful,' 'huge mistake'
- Teen thugs in D.C. run wild -- even while wearing GPS ankle bracelets
- Obama takes 'selfie' at Mandela's funeral service
- CARSON: Why did the founders give us the Second Amendment?
- VEGAS RULES: Harry Reid pushed feds to change ruling for casino's big-money foreigners
- Biden guarantees victory on immigration reform
- MILLER: Dick Heller challenges D.C.s gun registration, files for summary judgment in Heller II
- American bourbon now better than Scottish whisky: U.K.-born expert
- Tea partyers turn on Capitol Hill budget deal
- Leon Panetta named as source of 'Zero Dark Thirty' scriptwriters information
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Interviews and show reviews from the Los Angeles punk scene past and present. Los Angeles has always been rich in punk rock talent since punk rock was born.
Buzz on Bees is a column promoting the love and life of God’s greatest pollinators on earth: The Honeybee
Brazen, leading-edge, “call it like it is” columns and reporting from Ohio native, radio host and writer, Sara Marie Brenner.
A libertarian look at breaking news and political trends by author Tom Mullen.
Extraordinary day at Redskins Park
White House pets gone wild!
Let it snow