Cindy Sheehan is mostly being portrayed in the MSM as a lone grieving mother looking for answers about her sons death from the president who “caused” it. But that is not an accurate portrayal of the situation. Patterico details an example of anti-war, pro-Sheehan spin from the L.A. Times, in which they fail to mention her prior inconsistent statements about her previous meeting with the president. It’s obvious where their bias and sympathies lie.
As we noted earlier, Mrs. Sheehan’s foreign policy views deserve no special consideration because she is grieving. Cindy Sheehan is an anti-war activist. She co-founded an anti-war activist group, Gold Star Families for Peace. She has aligned herself with other leftist anti-war groups, like Code Pink and MoveOn.org. She has every right to be against the war, and to state her case. But many on the left are responding to any criticism of Sheehan with emotional cries like “how dare you attack a grieving mother?” When you start an organized activist group and engage in public political commentary, you aren’t immune from criticism because you’ve lost a loved one. It just isn’t fair to claim Sheehan can say anything she wants, including some pretty nasty personal attacks against President Bush’s character, but it’s out of bounds for anyone to respond. But of course the president’s enemies in the anti-war movement have no interest in fairness or honest debate.