Still complete MSM and White House silence on the Cheney story
and the orthopedist story
is still the one you can
find. While it's possible that story might be so, I doubt Cheney's old football injuries are of any general interest to the public, whereas his cardiac problems very much are.
So it seems to me very likely there would be few other reasons to have what, if true, would be of such minor interest reported so widely, unless you needed a cover story seen by many, to divert interest from the fact that he just checked into a hospital, which one way or another someone would have noticed.
And of course, there are important security concerns that would definitely motivate any secrecy in such a matter; I don't question that.
But if I were the White House I certainly would want to quash any rumors Cheney's life may soon end, as quickly as possible--if there was no truth to it. So far the White House has said nothing, and that's interesting. The rumor, if it's reached Washington, must be leading to some ambitious ideas starting to form in McCain's or Frist's heads. Though Bush would be suicidal to appoint McCain as VP in all sorts of ways. Frist would be likelier; it might make the base happy. If he's gone completely insane it'd be DeLay.
I'd like to see some kind of second source on this one way or another. I'm also curious about Huffington's source.
Obviously no one is wishing Cheney ill but knowing this definitely is in the public interest. Not that this White House cares much about information or the public interest.
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