It’s not much of a surprise that people are wondering about the delay in the news, and finding a conspiracy in every line. I first heard the “breaking news” on the radio while driving back from the lake house on Sunday with my daughter. We actually laughed first, at how the “breaking news” was breaking about every 30 seconds–and the story was inevitably told each time to first lead you to believe Cheney was the one shot.
After that, we heard that the “breaking news” was 24 hours old, and yet the news station continued with the frequent updates. Go figure.
I was actually pleased that it was such a slow news day.
Now, on to the bit at hand-the delay in reporting the story. Sure–the Cheney office, and the White House, didn’t immediately hold a press conference. Does that surprise anyone? When one does something that is somewhat embarrassing, do you usually rush out and tell everyone? I would think not. “Hey, you won’t believe the really stupid thing *I* did today!” (okay, so SOMETIMES we tell the story–but usually not if it involves shooting someone!) It would be different if they had told a different story, or if they had at first denied it, or employed any number of other obfuscation techniques.
They didn’t. They just said “yup.”