Beer involved in the Cheney lawyer shoot?

If Google's a corporation non grata these days at least thank God for its cache function. That's the one that allows you to see a snapshot of a page even after it's been removed from the site.

That's what happened with a little mention of beer at a pre-shooting party attended by the veep on MSNBC's website. According to David Allen:

When first posted, NBC news [sic] quoted Katharine Armstrong as saying:
"There may be a beer or two in there," she said, "but remember not everyone in the party was shooting."
About an hour later, the quote was deleted from the story.
The whole quote, in fact, is pretty tame. Armstrong said she didn't believe there was alcohol involved in the actual incident (i.e. that Cheney didn't guzzle beers that day) but other speculate that this does fit in rather well with the mysterious gap between the shooting and Cheney's chat with the sheriff which didn't take place for some time. Drying out perhaps?

But this is all speculation. Speculation, possibly over absolutely nothing, that is the result of sloppy online journalism. Wanna change a substantial part of the story? Leave a Goddamn editor's note for cryin out loud. Otherwise, you know, it looks like you caved into a powerful administration's penchant for controlling the media. And we know that's not the case, right? (ThoughtCrimes, HT: ASZ)

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