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Cindy Sheehan and the Rolling Stones

Week of August 15, 2005


            There will be some who purposely “misunderstand” what I am about to write.  I say this with absolute certainty because others who have written of Cindy Sheehan have suffered the same fate.  I’m doing it anyway because I accept the fact that my opinions are fair game for criticism and because Sheehan is not really the point of my comments.

            Few can not feel Sheehan’s pain over the loss of her son Casey, a soldier killed in Iraq in April 2004.  Sheehan grieved in relative solitude until beginning a protest at President Bush’s Crawford, Texas home that has drawn national and international attention.  A media star now, she has expanded her demands from a second meeting with the president to calls for his impeachment, the withdrawal of Israel from former Palestinian territories, and a pledge not to pay her federal taxes.  

            My own son has begun the process of joining the military, a decision that pits the patriot in me against the father.  I support him for a variety of reasons but the very real possibility of his loss is sobering. Having a son who plans to enlist is a far cry from losing one in war but accusations that those who are critical of Sheehan’s activism are not sensitive to her personal loss are absurd.

            Her critics include her family.  In a press release dated August 11, 2005, “Casey Sheehan’s grandparents, aunts, uncles and numerous cousins” publicly refuted her views, a fact barely mentioned by a media that prefers to imply Sheehan’s critics are unfeeling at best and right-wing extremists at worst. 

            Yet while Sheehan has only recently burst onto the national scene, the Crawford campout is not her first brush with the press.  After a condolence meeting with President Bush in June 2004, she was interviewed by The Reporter, a newspaper based in Sheehan’s hometown of Vacaville, California.  At that time Sheehan said of President Bush, “I now know he’s sincere about wanting freedom for the Iraqis.  I know he’s sorry and feels some pain for our loss.  And I know he’s a man of faith.”

            The Reporter article said “For a moment, life returned to the way it was before Casey died. They laughed, joked and bickered playfully as they briefly toured Seattle.”  Sheehan gushed “That was the gift the president gave us, the gift of happiness, of being together.”

            That’s a far cry from her story today.  In August she told CNN the president treated the meeting like “a party” and claimed “He wouldn’t look at the pictures of Casey … He didn’t even know Casey’s name.  He didn’t want to hear it.  He didn’t want to hear anything about Casey.”  She says she now wants to ask why we went to war.

            What happened?  It’s simple: Media that didn’t give two hoots about Cindy Sheehan or her son when she supported the president are giving her the rock star treatment now that – and because – she doesn’t.

            Speaking of rock stars, consider the Rolling Stones (or “Strolling Bones” as one wag called them).  While the social security-aged rockers get plenty of coverage for being ancient guys who tour the world crooning ancient tunes, when was the last time you heard anything about a new Stones song?  Yet “Sweet Neo Con,” a clear attack on the president despite Mick Jagger’s denial, has drawn the geezers the most press coverage they’ve had since Ed Sullivan made them change the lyrics to “Let’s Spend the Night Together.”

            If there is a difference between Cindy Sheehan and the Rolling Stones it is that Sheehan has become a tool of media bias while the Stones are simply using it.  In both cases, the bias is the real story.  Cindy and Mick are just sideshows. 






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