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The furor in Washington is not that Cheney shot someone, which doesn't seem to surprise anyone, but rather that the press were not informed in a straightforward or timely manner.
"But when the vice president's office, or the White House, delays in reporting a shooting like Saturday's to the public via the media, it needlessly raises suspicions and questions of trust. And it may just further the impression held by many, rightly or wrongly, that the White House doesn't place the highest premium on keeping the public fully and immediately informed."
Also according to that article, you're not supposed to say that the vice-president accidentally shot a 78 year old man in the face and put him into intensive care. This is because it was a shotgun which doesn't fire bullets, so it doesn't shoot; it 'sprays' or it 'peppers.' The vice president accidentally sprayed a 78 year old man in the face and put him into intensive care. That sounds much better, doesn't it?
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