A possible scenario if a press conference were held immediately.
White House Press Office (WHPO): We have called you here to inform you that the Vice President has been involved in a hunting accident while on a weekend trip to Texas. The Vice President, while hunting quail on the Armstrong Ranch, accidentally fired his shotgun while Mr. Henry Whittington, a friend, was in the line of fire.
Mr. Whittington received birdshot wounds to the face and torso, and is receiving treatment at thin&e Christus Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi-Memorial.
Press Corps (PC): Is he dead?
WHPO: No, Mr. Whittington is receiving treatment at the hospital.
PC: Is he going to die?
WHPO: He was admitted two hours ago and we do not have further information at this time.
PC: So, he could be dead?
WHPO: I have no information at this time to answer that, the accident occurred about three hours ago and Mr. Whittington was admitted to the hospital only two hours ago.
PC: Has Cheney offered to resign as Vice President due to shooting this person? And if not, does he plan to do so?
WHPO: The Vice President is at the hospital at this time making sure that his friend is receiving proper care.
PC: Do you expect him to offer his resignation shortly?
WHPO: That will be addressed at a later time. The Vice President has been tied up seeing that Mr. Whittington is taken care of.
PC: “Taken care of”, should we read anything into that?
WHPO: Are you out of your mind? That is all the time we have now. We will have a follow up tomorrow.
This leads to the headline:
“CHENEY MAY HAVE KILLED MAN BY SHOOTING HIM IN FACE. WHITE HOUSE STATES MAN WILL BE “TAKEN CARE OF”.