MATTHEWS: I can understand that in the urgency of the moment that the Vice President's concern was life and death and not PR.
ANCHOR: Right, but 22 hours later - do you think that is an unusual delay for the White House press corps to know about this?
MATTHEWS: ...if you can imagine shooting a hundred or two hundred pellets into somebody's face, and seeing all that blood, I assume. Even though these are small pellets. A lot of damage must have been done and I'm sure he was worried - really worried - that the man was in trouble. If he was up laughing in bed a few hours later then that would change the scene dramatically, but I'll go with the Vice Presidents explanation right now."
Deferring to Armstrong (the host) had to be carefully calculated by Cheney's people. This is the VP after all and let's face it, they make all those decisions-not the host of the event.