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WaPo Hatchet Job on Cindy
by Thomas C
WaPo: "Conservative commentators and Web sites are taking aim at Sheehan with the same ferocity she has aimed at President Bush."
Wow. The Post lumps together the vicious slanders of Malkin et al with Cindy's demand to meet with bush. The "same ferocity"?
WaPo: "Some independent commentators said the pushback on the right has succeeded at scuffing the public sympathy and deference she had earned as the mother of a fallen soldier..."
Some "independent commentators" - unnamed, unquoted, and independence unquestioned.
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WaPo: "The scrutiny that has accompanied Sheehan's quick rise to prominence has extended to her family. Several in-laws have publicly criticized her protest -- announcing their displeasure in a release to the Drudge Report."
Actually, the release cited by Drudge was signed by precisely one relative - Cindy's sister-in-law, who purported to speak for other unspecified relatives.
WaPo: "News that Sheehan's husband, Patrick, has filed for divorce has been trumpeted by some bloggers as evidence of her extreme views."
The WaPo might have pointed out here that she and her husband separate months ago, long before her protest. They might have pointed out that the Sheehan's, like many other families that have suffered a similar tragedy, found it difficult to maintain their marriage under the stress. They might have pointed out that far from being "extreme", Cindy's views that bush lied and that we should get out of Iraq are shared by a majority of Americans, according to recent polls. But the Post didn't point out any of these things.
WaPo: "The increased scrutiny of Sheehan is coming as some residents here are growing irritated with the stream of antiwar protesters drawn to her vigil."
The Post continues to morph into the Wall Street Journal editorial page - a miasma of unabashed warmongering and a radical right slander machine.