Vice President Dick Cheney said he didn't immediately disclose his hunting accident because he wanted the confusing details to come out right. Instead, authorized accounts came out slowly — and often still wrong.
The result: a week of shifting blame, belatedly acknowledged beer consumption (not "zero" drinking after all) and evolving discrepancies in how the shooting happened, its aftermath and the way it was told to the nation.
"There's a reason they call this crisis management," said corporate damage-control specialist Eric Dezenhall, "and that's because it's a mess."
Dick went back to Wyoming this weekend to his Berghof-like Mountain Redoubt. What are the odds Dickie goes hunting?
I just wish that this kind of fact-checking was done by our mass media before tens of thousands had died in Iraq.