February 14, 2006
AS PETULANCE SUPPLANTS JOURNALISM:
First glance (Elizabeth Wilner, Mark Murray, Huma Zaidi and Holly Phillips, 2/14/06, First Read: NBC)
[T]he big story at the White House continues to center on what exactly happened in Vice President Cheney’s hunting accident in South Texas -- and why the national press corps wasn’t informed about it until the next day. Indeed, the Administration is tangled up in yet another timeline and struggling to explain its response to another crisis. But even its response to Hurricane Katrina may never have consumed the first 18 pages of a 27-page White House briefing transcript, as Cheney’s hunting accident did yesterday. If the press corps' grilling of spokesman Scott McClellan seems a bit out of proportion to the seriousness of the incident (with Harry Whittington thankfully expected to recover), it's an accurate measure of its mounting frustration.... [...]
NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell reports that Cheney accidentally shot Austin attorney Harry Whittington at 6:50 pm ET on Saturday, and that chief of staff Andy Card first notified President Bush an accident had occurred at around 7:30 pm. Shortly before 8:00 pm, Karl Rove phoned the President and informed him Cheney had been the one who fired the weapon. Cheney then spoke with White House senior staff, but didn’t speak directly to Bush about the incident until he arrived back at the White House yesterday morning for their regularly scheduled briefing.
The adults gave it the correct priority. Posted by Orrin Judd at February 14, 2006 9:59 AM