The best part of politics: because they're all screwing us anyway.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005 seems my serious post was all for nothing

Cindy Sheehan, in a CNN interview that I found via Daily Kos, claims she never made the statement about Israel:

COOPER: You were also quoted as saying, "My son joined the Army to protect America, not Israel. You get America out of Iraq and Israel out of Palestine and you'll stop the terrorism." How responsible do you believe Israel is for the amount of terrorism in the world?

SHEEHAN: I didn't say that.

COOPER: You didn't say that? OK.

SHEEHAN: I didn't -- I didn't say -- I didn't say that my son died for Israel. I've never said that. I saw somebody wrote that and it wasn't my words. Those aren't even words that I would say.

I do believe that the Palestinian issue is a hot issue that needs to be solved and it needs to be more fair and equitable but I never said my son died for Israel.

COOPER: OK, I'm glad I asked you that because, you know, as you know, there's tons of stuff floating around on the Internet on sites of all political persuasions.

SHEEHAN: I know and that's not -- yes.

COOPER: So, I'm glad we had the opportunity to clear that.

SHEEHAN: Yes, and thank you because those are not my words. Those aren't -- that doesn't even sound like me saying that.

It took me a minute to believe it, but the official transcript of a TV show that thousands of people surely saw seems as reliable a souce as any.

It's a big relief, although it just goes to show how much misinformation is going around the web, and that in itself if worrisome. It also doesn't change the fact that there is a lot of those sentiments on the left, even if Sheehan herself didn't voice them. But I feel a lot better about supporting Cindy Sheehan now. And at least I got the chance to start an interesting discussion that turned out to be about far more than the original quote.

A part of me wishes I had never read about any of this in the first place and just saved all the unease and hassle. But I suppose 'tis better to have been misinformed and corrected than never to have been misinformed at all...or something like that.


  • At 9:32 AM, Blogger Michael J. West said…

    Well, Laura, I've been thinking about this a lot, and regardless of whether she said the stuff about Israel or not I'm thinking about backing away from the Cindy Sheehan thing.

    It's too much like Terri Schiavo, where the public took advantage of grieving parents and turned them and the object of their grief into a cause. The Schiavos were happy to have so many people on their side, but those of us who weren't recognized it (or thought we recognized it) as exploitation.

    I don't want to do that to Cindy Sheehan. Regardless of how we feel about this thing, war and casualties of war, at its heart this is a story about a woman grieving for her dead son. The rest of us shouldn't exploit that, worthy cause or not. It would certainly make me feel like a hypocrite.

  • At 7:11 PM, Blogger jurassicpork said…

    Like Caleb Carr said in KILLING TIME, "Information is not necessarily knowledge."

  • At 9:26 PM, Blogger Joe said…

    Well, it's good you made the post, anyway. If nothing else, it generated an interesting discussion.

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  • At 11:13 AM, Blogger The Conservative UAW Guy said…

    That last spam was more interesting than Sheehan.
    This is not about grieving, it's about the left, once again, using someone to promote an agenda that most don't agree with.

  • At 11:20 AM, Blogger The Conservative UAW Guy said…

    By the way, all spammers should be killed.

  • At 11:43 AM, Blogger The Conservative UAW Guy said…

    Hey, I linked to you in my latest post about the erotic NY fund raiser.

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  • At 12:27 AM, Blogger Boinkette said…

    Mike, you make a good point. I think it has become too much of a spectacle. I wouldn't compare it to the Terri Schiavo debacle--that was a cynical manipulation of a grieving family, whereas in this most of Sheehan's supporters seem quite sincere and sympathetic to her--but still, grief is a very private thing and in any case, it shouldn't be what's shaping our policies anyway. It's good that it's giving bad publicity to Bush, but we're going to have to move on and find more substantive and less exploitative ways to get the public on our side.

    CUG, that is some interesting spam indeed. I don't know how I attract those people, but it's amusing. Thanks for linking to me in your post.

  • At 8:23 AM, Blogger Michael J. West said…

    Conservative UAW Guy said (emphasis mine):

    This is not about grieving, it's about the left, once again, using someone to promote an agenda that most don't agree with.

    Gee, now why might I compare that to Terri Schiavo?


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