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Thursday, August 11, 2005

politics vs. compassion

I get an occasional kick out of reading the latest examples of liberal bias over at the conservative Media Research Center, but after reading yesterday's loathsome column by MRC head Brent Bozell, I won't be able to visit the site without feeling a little bit ashamed. Brent is outraged that Cindy Sheehan's protest at Dubya's Crawford ranch is getting coverage in the mainstream media.  Sheehan is the founder of Gold Star Families for Peace, created after her son died in Iraq. How does Bozell suggest that this woman be treated? Compassionately, perhaps, given that she suffered an incalculable loss?  Nope, in his words, "this woman deserves a padded cell". It's a particularly odious comment, given how States, like the old USSR, have often claimed that dissidents are mentally ill and locked them up for it.  It's nice to see the right lower itself to the level of the left once again.  Of course, what really gets Bozell's goat is that there was no equivalent coverage of protestors in the late nineties who demanded Clinton's resignation for perjury! 

OK, let's recap.  A protest by a mother who lost her son in an unncessary war is less newsworthy than a protest by generic conservatives mad at a President who got caught in a perjury trap.  Nearly two thousand dead soldiers sent by the current president vs. millions of dead sperm on a blue dress.  Now, I bow to no man in my disdain for Slick Willie, but somehow the dead soldiers make me more angry than the alleged perjury about sex. Go figure.


Blogger jmc said...

Drudge is pissing me off, too. He ran a huge headline today about a private e-mail he received from Casey Sheehan's "aunt and godmother", purportedly speaking for "Casey Sheehan's grandparents, aunts, uncles and numerous cousins". In case you missed it, the e-mail disassociates the family from Cindy Sheehan's efforts: "The rest of the Sheehan Family supports the troops, our country, and our President, silently, with prayer and respect." Well, sorry, but Cindy is Casey's mother, who bore him and raised him into adulthood only to watch him die in a senseless war of agression; I'll give her opinion 1000 times more importance than her godmother and aunt. Give me a break, Drudge, it's certainly not worth the huge headline you gave it earlier today. By the way, I would say that Cindy supports the troops and her country a lot more than Casey's godmother and aunt, since she doesn't want the troops to die in this stupid war, and wants to restore our country's reputation.

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