This page has been moved to http://www.outdoorlife.com/blogs
If your browser doesn’t redirect you to the new location, please visit The Outdoorlife Blogs at its new location: www.outdoorlife.com/blogs.
OL Editor Responds to Quail-Gate
By Todd Smith
Since the news broke about Dick Cheney's unfortunate hunting accident in Texas, the media has been nothing short of ravenous. Reporters are having a field day, using this story as an opportunity to take cheap shots at the Vice President and the Bush administration. Give the poor man a break!
This is an unfortunate sporting accident. People are injured in sporting accidents (hockey, baseball, football) every day. What makes this story so irresistible to the press is that it happened to the Vice President and it involved a firearm. Is it news? Of course, and the press has an obligation to
cover the news. But reporters also have an obligation to get their facts straight.
Why does the press use words like "weapon" instead of "shotgun" or "firearm"? Because weapon sounds more sensational. Same thing with interchanging "buck shot" for "bird shot." Who's fact-checking this stuff?
What happened is a hunter's worst nightmare and we certainly wish Mr. Whittington a speedy recovery. But despite all our efforts to stress safety, accidents in the field do happen. I just wish the press would stick to the facts and leave the politics out of it.
>> Back to OutdoorLife.com