It is too early to officially claim this is a cover-up, but it sure stinks of it, and the press is hot on the scent:
The more than 18-hour delay in news emerging that the Vice President of the United States had shot a man, sending him to an intensive care unit with his wounds, grew even more curious late Sunday. E&P has learned that the official confirmation of the shooting came about only after a local reporter in Corpus Christi, Texas, received a tip from the owner of the property where the shooting occurred and called Vice President Cheney’s office for confirmation.
The confirmation was made but it is not known for certain that Cheney’s office, the White House, or anyone else intended to announce the shooting if the reporter, Jaime Powell of the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, had not received word from the ranch owner.
Why not report an accidental shooting, as no one on the planet thinks the Veep was busting a cap in an 80 year old blue blood out of anger. This is simply emblematic of this administration- the desire for secrecy and loyalty always trumps doing the right thing and good, plain common sense.