I have put some thought into the Whittington assault and I think I have an answer for all those that wonder why there was an 18 hour delay in Cheney getting the story out.
I think it is because they did not know if Whittington would die or not.
It seems that you have to handle the story differently depending on if Cheney shoot a man vs. Cheney killed a man. So with that in mind, I think it was not possible to firm up the Cheney version of events until his handlers knew whether the victim was dead or merely wounded.
What say ye all?