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In the eye of a political storm (Cindy Sheehan Story Newspaper Tries to Backtrack)
The Reporter ^ | August 8, 2005 | Tom Hall

Posted on 08/08/2005 2:25:01 PM PDT by PJ-Comix

Last summer Cindy Sheehan got a face-to-face meeting with President Bush, complete with kisses and condolences.

Today the Vacaville resident is camped outside the president's Texas ranch -- in the glare of the national media spotlight -- demanding another face-to-face meeting, and ultimately his impeachment.

Sheehan's son Casey, an Army specialist, was killed in Sadr City, Iraq, in April 2004. Eleven weeks later, the Sheehan family traveled to Seattle for a 10-minute conversation with the president, who met with 16 other families who had lost love ones in Iraq.

In the ensuing months, Cindy Sheehan has become a focal point in the ongoing partisan battle over

the Iraq war, drawing the praise of many anti-war Democrats and the ire of Republicans who back Bush's decision.

Sheehan's role in that battle exploded Monday morning, when Matt Drudge - the infamous commentator behind the popular Drudge Report, a right-leaning online news site - accused Sheehan of changing her tune to serve political purposes.

Drudge's story, headlined "Protesting Soldier Mom Changed Story on Bush' and posted in the highest slot on the Web site that receives more than 5 million visits per day, pulled quotes from a Sheehan interview published June 24, 2004, in The Reporter.

That story, by staff writer David Henson,

was an account of Sheehan's visit with the president in Seattle.

In Henson's story, Sheehan spoke of how she and husband, Patrick, debated before the meeting whether to ask pointed questions about the war and whether to vent frustration over their son's sacrifice. Ultimately, the Sheehans decided not to criticize Bush in the meeting.

Afterward, Cindy Sheehan told Henson of a new-found respect toward Bush.

"I now know he's sincere about wanting freedom for the Iraqis,' she said in the story. "I know he's sorry and feels some pain for our loss. And I know he's a man of faith.'

Sheehan also said the trip to Seattle helped connect her family


to others that had lost a son or daughter in Iraq. Sheehan said sharing their story with those families was rewarding, as was the time she got to spend with her own family.

"That was the gift the president gave us, the gift of happiness, of being together,' she said in the story.

Drudge included that quote in his Monday morning report, but didn't explain that it referred to sharing time with her familiy, not the president.

Drudge also included most recent quotes from Sheehan highly critical of Bush and the 2004 meeting, including a statement the mother made Sunday to CNN.

"Every time we tried to talk about Casey and how much we missed him,

he would change the subject,' Sheehan told correspondent Wolf Blitzer of the cable news network. "And he acted like it was a party.'

Drudge's report fueled opinions on both sides of the political spectrum Monday.

Posters on highly visited liberal Web log Daily Kos said Drudge's report was misleading, while right-wing bloggers, including the popular Michelle Malkin, echoed Drudge's sentiments that Sheehan was contradicting herself, perhaps for political reasons.

The Reporter decided to post Henson's 2004 story on today.

"It's important that readers see the full context of the story, instead of just selected portions,' said Editor

Diane Barney. "We stand by the story as an accurate reflection of the Sheehan's take on the meeting at the time it was published.'

The Sheehan family could not be reached for comment.

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Posters on highly visited liberal Web log Daily Kos said Drudge's report was misleading, while right-wing bloggers, including the popular Michelle Malkin, echoed Drudge's sentiments that Sheehan was contradicting herself, perhaps for political reasons.

This terminology pretty much tells you where this reporter and his biases are coming from.

1 posted on 08/08/2005 2:25:02 PM PDT by PJ-Comix
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To: PJ-Comix

She clearly flip-flopped. Just another liberal caught in a lie.

2 posted on 08/08/2005 2:26:43 PM PDT by West Coast Conservative (Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists.)
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To: PJ-Comix

The real story is coming out.

3 posted on 08/08/2005 2:27:49 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (If there was a problem, yo! I'll solve it!!)
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To: PJ-Comix

And we owe it all to Kristinn for pointing it out to Drudge.

Just goes to show the truth of the Gipper's favorite saying: There's no limit to what you can accomplish in this life if you don't care who gets the credit.

I salute you!

4 posted on 08/08/2005 2:27:51 PM PDT by sinanju
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Every time the left and MSM think they have Bush....this little old thing called the internet gets in their way.

Long live the New Media!!!

5 posted on 08/08/2005 2:29:04 PM PDT by Dog
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Drudge included that quote in his Monday morning report, but didn't explain that it referred to sharing time with her familiy, not the president.

He probably didn’t “explain” that, because it's self-evident from the quote itself.

6 posted on 08/08/2005 2:29:43 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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The lady, for reasons best known to herself, has become a useful idiot for the traitors of Code Stink. Her grief does not bestow upon her a license to give aid and comfort to the enemy. By the way, it was the terrorist thugs who killed her son. No one else is to blame.

7 posted on 08/08/2005 2:33:06 PM PDT by billnaz (What part of "shall not be infringed" don't you understand?)
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To: PJ-Comix; Dog; All

Yahoo and Google searches on this woman show that she has been deeply allied with communist and pro Islamo organizations which work 24/7 to destroy and weaken GW and our country.

Last week, I brought up the question, "Who is paying her to go all over America for these appearances? Air travel is not cheap. Is she getting paid per hit attack?

8 posted on 08/08/2005 2:34:01 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (The civilized world must win WW IV/the Final Crusade and destroy Jihadism!)
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It is for this very reason that I don't blame President Bush for not attending funerals for the war dead. Every little things he does or doesn't do can be used and twisted by some anti-war liberal.

It is all to easy to imagine the situation where at the funeral of a patriotic and brave soldier who believed in what he was get some crazy aunt, who enjoyed the 60's too much, using the situation to go all DU crazy on him.

...And of course the MSM would be all to happy to put her mug all over the TV while ignoring the rest of the family who are probably fuming at her.

9 posted on 08/08/2005 2:34:38 PM PDT by Gator101
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To any enterprising Howie Kurtz-type media critics/ombudsmen out there:

Please compare and contrast the level of media attention this is receiving to the attention focused on the father who told Bill Clinton that he wasn't fit to command troops like his late son (then being posthumously honored at the White House after the incident in Somalia known as "Black Hawk Down").

10 posted on 08/08/2005 2:36:07 PM PDT by Wally_Kalbacken (Seldom right, but never in doubt.)
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Did you hear Drudge when Kristin told him that the newspaper report was on her own web site, along with the narrative to the two photos of them with the president?

He could hardly believe she would be that foolish.

11 posted on 08/08/2005 2:36:59 PM PDT by mware (Now we know why the NYT didn't have time to cover AIR AMERIKA)
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To: Grampa Dave

How do we find out who is funding Miz Sheehan; and who is her "speechwriter"?

Cindy Sheehan's Speech At The DSM Hearings
Friday, 17 June 2005, 3:19 pm
Cindy Sheehan's Speech At The DSM Hearings

My Testimony for the Downing Street Memo Hearings
By Cindy Sheehan
Congressman Conyers and all, it is an honor to be here to testify about the effect that the revelations of the Downing Street Memo has had on me and my family. It is an honor that I wish never had to happen. I believe that not any of us should be gathered here today for this reason: as the result of an invasion/occupation that never should have occured.

My son, Spc Casey Austin Sheehan, was KIA in Sadr City Baghdad on 04/04/04. He was in Iraq for only 2 weeks before L. Paul Bremer inflamed the Shi’ite Militia into a rebellion which resulted in the deaths of Casey and 6 other brave soldiers who were tragically killed in an ambush. Bill Mitchell, the father of Sgt. Mike Mitchell who was one of the other soldiers killed that awful day is with us here. This is a picture of Casey when he was 7 months old. It's an enlargement of a picture he carried in his wallet until the day he was killed. He loved this picture of himself. It was returned to us with his personal effects from Iraq. He always sucked on those two fingers. When he was born, he had a flat face from passing through the birth canal and we called him "Edward G" short for Edward G. Robinson. How many of you have seen your child in his/her premature coffin? It is a shocking and very painful sight. The most heartbreaking aspect of seeing Casey lying in his casket for me, was that his face was flat again because he had no muscle tone. He looked like he did when he was a baby laying in his bassinette. The most tragic irony is that if the Downing Street Memo proves to be true, Casey and thousands of people should still be alive.

I believed before our leaders invaded Iraq in March, 2003, and I am even more convinced now, that this aggression on Iraq was based on a lie of historic proportions and was blatantly unnecessary. The so-called Downing Street Memo dated 23 July, 2003 only confirms what I already suspected: the leadership of this country rushed us into an illegal invasion of another sovereign country on prefabricated and cherry picked intelligence. Iraq was no threat to the United States of America and the devastating sanctions and bombing raids against Iraq were working. As a matter of fact, in interviews in 1999 with respected journalist, and long time Bush family friend, David Herskowitz, then Governor George Bush stated: ‘One of the keys to being seen as a great leader is to be seen as a commander-in-chief. My father had all this political capital built up when he drove the Iraqis out of Kuwait and he wasted it. If I have a chance to invade….if I had that much capital, I’m not going to waste it. I’m going to get everything passed that I want to get passed and I’m going to have a successful presidency.” It looks like George Bush was ready to lead this country into an avoidable war even before he became president.

From the expose of the Downing Street Memo and the conversations with George Bush from 1999, it seems like the invasion of Iraq and the deaths of so many innocent people were preordained. It appears that my boy Casey was given a death sentence even before he joined the Army in May of 2000.

When a President lies to Congress and the American people, it is a serious offense. If the Downing Street Memo proves to be true, then it would appear that the president, vice president and many members of the cabinet deceived the world before the invasion of Iraq. As the result of this alleged lie, over 1700 brave young Americans who were only trying to do their duties have come home in flag draped coffins: images, as if they were ashamed of our children, our leaders won’t even let the American people see; thousands upon thousands of Iraqis who were guilty only of the crime of living in Iraq are dead; thousands of our young people will go through the rest of their lives missing one or more limbs, and too many will come home missing parts of their souls and humanity.

Kevin Lucey who found his Marine son, Jeffrey, who was recently home from Iraq, hanging dead from a garden hose in his basement wrote to me:

We ask daily where was the urgency; where was the necessity of rushing in. Can anyone explain to us, his mother and to his father as to why he felt that he had to die by his own hand. Why are the ones in position of power so afraid to ask people like us to discuss what happened to Jeff? Jeff can teach us so much. This war was so misguided and had so many other agendas which had nothing to do with the country.
Kevin, who cradled his son when he was his sweet baby boy, cradled Jeff's lifeless body for the last time in his arms after he cut him down from the hose. The Jeff that the Lucey's saw march off to a wreckless war was not the one who limped home. The Jeff his family knew died in Iraq, murdered by the inhumanity of gratutitous war.

The deceptions and betrayals that led to the US invasion and occupation of Iraq cost my family a price too dear to pay and almost too much to bear: the precious and young life of Casey. Casey was a good soldier who loved his family, his community, his country, and his God. He was trustworthy and trusting and the leadership of his country seemingly betrayed him. He was an indispensable part of our family. An obedient, sweet, funny, and loving son to myself and his father, Pat, and an adored big brother to his sisters, Carly and Jane, and his brother Andy. And the beloved nephew to my sister, Auntie, who is here with me today. Our family has been devastated and torn asunder by his murder.

I believe that the reasons that we citizens of the United States of America were given for the invasion of Iraq have unequivocally been proven to be false. I also believe that Casey and his buddies have been killed to line the pockets of already wealthy people and to feed the insatiable war machine that has always devoured our young. Casey died saving his buddies and I know so many of our brave young soldiers died doing the same thing: but he and his fellow members of the military should never have been sent to Iraq. I know the family of Sgt. Sherwood Baker, who was killed guarding a team that was looking for the mythic WMD's in Baghdad. The same WMD's that were the justification for invading Iraq as outlined in the Downing Street Memo. Sherwood's brother, Dante Zappala, and his dad, Al Zappala are here with us today. I believe the Downing Street Memo proves that our leaders betrayed too many innocents into an early grave. The lives of the ones left behind are shattered almost beyond repair.

I also believe an investigation into the Downing Street Memo is completely warranted and the necessary first step into righting the wrong that is Iraq and holding someone accountable for the needless, senseless, and avoidable deaths of many thousands. As far as I am concerned, it doesn’t matter if one is a Democrat or a Republican, a full investigation into the veracity of the Downing Street Memo must be initiated immediately. Casey was not asked his political affiliation before he was sent to die in Iraq. The innocent people who are having their blood shed by the bucketsful in Iraq don’t even know or care what American partisan politicking is all about. Every minute that we waste in gathering signatures on petitions, or arguing about partisan politics, more blood is being spilled in Iraq. How many more families here in America are going to get the visit from the Grim Reaper dressed in a US military uniform while we are trying to get our Congressional Leadership to do their duties to the Constitution and to the people of America? I believe that Congress expediently abrogated their Constitutional responsibility to declare war when they passed the War Power's Act, and they bear at least some responsibility for the needless heartache wrought on this world by our government. I believe that supporting a full investigation into the Downing Street Memo is a good beginning for Congress to redeem itself for abandoning the Constitution and the American people.

There are too many stories of heartache and loss to tell at a hearing like this. I have brought testimonies of other families who have been devastated by the war. Their soldiers' names are: Sgt. Sherwood Baker, KIA 04/26/04; 1st Lt. Neil Santoriello, KIA 08/13/04; Sgt Mike Mitchell, KIA 04/04/04; Spc Casey Sheehan, also KIA 04/04/04; Lt. Jeff Kaylor, KIA 04/07/03; Spc Kevin S.K. Wessell, KIA 04/19/05; Spc. Jonathan Castro, KIA 12/21/04; PFC William Prichard, KIA 02/11/04; Spc Joseph Blickenstaff, KIA 12/08/03, and 1st Lt Kenneth Ballard, KIA 05/30/04. I would like to have the testimonies put into the record and recorded for all to read the words of boundless love, bottomless loss, and deep despair.

There are a few people around the US and a couple of my fellow witnesses who were a little justifiably worried that in my anger and anguish over Casey's premeditated death, I would use some swear words, as I have been known to do on occasion when speaking about the subject. Mr. Conyers, out of my deep respect for you, the other representatives here, my fellow witnesses, and viewers of these historic proceedings, I was able to make it through an entire testimony without using any profanity. However, If anyone deserves to be angry and use profanity, it is I. What happened to Casey and humanity because of the apparent dearth of honesty in our country's leadership is so profane that it defies even my vocabulary skills. We as Americans should be offended more by the profanity of the actions of this administration then by swear words. We have all heard the old adage that actions speak louder than words and for the sake of Casey and our other precious children, please hold someone accountable for their actions and their words of deception.

Again, I would like to thank you for inviting me to testify today and giving me a chance to tell my story, which is the tragic story of too many familes here in the US and in Iraq. I hope and pray that this is the first step in exposing the lies to the light and bringing justice for the ones who can no longer speak for themselves. More importantly, I hope this is a step in bringing our other children home from the lie of historic proportions that is Iraq. Thank you.


12 posted on 08/08/2005 2:38:28 PM PDT by Maria S
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To: billnaz

She isn't grieving anything, she is exploiting her son's death to serve her already hardened, leftwing, antiwar agenda. Her son was dead to her the day he entered military service, I guarantee you. Leftists have no shame when it comes to promoting their agenda. This woman is a hardcore leftist who probably is still ashamed and appalled that her son wanted to join the military in the first place. She does not give a damn about what HE believed in or what he fought and died for, it's all about HER and her agenda. She disgusts me.

13 posted on 08/08/2005 2:38:52 PM PDT by Dems_R_Losers (Where is Chris Lehane??)
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To: PJ-Comix

***In the ensuing months, Cindy Sheehan has become a focal point ***

No: she has become a glory seeking pain in the ass.

Shge should get to know the New Jersey mothers they would get along great all seeking publicity.

14 posted on 08/08/2005 2:39:12 PM PDT by sgtbono2002
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To: PJ-Comix
None of the MSM outlets that have given her air-time must have even bothered to put her name into Lexis-Nexis (I find that hard to believe), or they simply assumed no one would follow up on her recent statements. Stupid, myopic, obvious.

Her story has been shut down before it even got rolling. Cya.

15 posted on 08/08/2005 2:39:16 PM PDT by monkeybrau
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"...And of course the MSM would be all to happy to put her mug all over the TV while ignoring the rest of the family who are probably fuming at her."


It's worse than that. Her husband has left her and her younger son is thinking of joining up just to get away from her. Whoever is holding her puppet-strings has destroyed her whole family in the best Jim Jones cult tradition.

16 posted on 08/08/2005 2:40:49 PM PDT by sinanju
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To: Maria S

AHA!!! Wouldn't you just KNOW that moveon is involved with Miz Sheehan?!

Help Air Cindy Sheehan's Ad
During last week's debate, President Bush said, "I understand how hard it is. I get the casualty reports every day. I see on the TV screens how hard it is." But that's the problem. President Bush doesn't understand the "ground truth" of what's going on in Iraq, and the TV screen is as close as he's ever been to the reality of this war.

Last week, a group called introduced a series of ads that brings this reality home -- with the voices of families who have lost sons or daughters in Iraq. We were especially touched by the statements of Cindy Sheehan, whose son Casey was killed on April 4th of this year. The interview is very difficult to watch, because the hurt and sense of betrayal is so real. But we think the American people need to hear what Cindy Sheehan has to say. So we're now working to raise $2 million, to air Cindy Sheehan's ad in key battleground states, starting this Friday.

Help get this ad on the air today by contributing what you can through the secure form below. If you'd like to donate via check, please use our check contributions system. See the bottom of the page for privacy details and contribution rules.

17 posted on 08/08/2005 2:43:37 PM PDT by Maria S
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18 posted on 08/08/2005 2:53:26 PM PDT by lowbridge
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"It's worse than that. Her husband has left her and her younger son is thinking of joining up just to get away from her."

How do you know that? I'm just curious. :)

19 posted on 08/08/2005 3:01:19 PM PDT by imskylark
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To: imskylark

There was a link to another article in an earlier post.

20 posted on 08/08/2005 3:04:02 PM PDT by sinanju
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