Newsbusters reports that ABC used the shooting accident to take a shot at Justice Scalia. You’ll remember that the Justice went hunting with Vice President Cheney and then refused to recuse himself when the Supreme Court heard the Sierra Club’s suit to force VP Cheney to reveal exactly who said what in energy policy meetings.
Newsbusters also reports that NBC was able to provide a somewhat longer report and didn’t resort to mentioning the old Sierra Club suit.
Breaking News: When Dick Cheney turned to shoot a bird at a hunting party yesterday, Austin attorney and friend Harry Whittington (78) was accidentally sprayed with some of the bird shot. He was taken by ambulance to a hospital in Corpus Christi and is doing fine.
Via Michelle Malkin:
Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot and injured a man during a weekend quail hunting trip in Texas, his spokeswoman said Sunday.
Harry Whittington, 78, was “alert and doing fine” after Cheney sprayed Whittington with shotgun pellets on Saturday at the Armstrong Ranch in south Texas, said property owner Katharine Armstrong.
Armstrong said Cheney turned to shoot a bird and accidentally hit Whittington. She said Whittington was taken to Corpus Christi Memorial Hospital by ambulance.
Cheney’s spokeswoman, Lea Anne McBride, said the vice president was with Whittington, a lawyer from Austin, Texas, and his wife at the hospital on Sunday afternoon.
What will they make of this? Some will call for banning quail hunting. Other’s will call for Cheney’s immediate arrest and conviction. They will also call for immediate impeachment if Cheney doesn’t immediately resign.
Fox News reports that Mr. Whittington came up behind Mr. Cheney and another hunter and did not advertise his presence behind them. Mr. Cheney turned to shoot a bird and some of the spray hit Mr. Whittington.
Our prayers are with Mr. Whittington for his speedy recovery.
Accidents are accidents.
Update: Fox News reports that Mr. Whittington was hit in the cheek, neck and chest. A hospital employee reports that the wounds are not serious.