Sunday, August 14, 2005
Far be it for me to underestimate the MSM's ability to gloss over and hide the more extreme views of people who can be used for the MSM's own political agenda -- witness the absolute non-reportage of the large "anti-war" demonstrations organizers' ties to extreme Left groups -- but I think the era of Cindy Sheehan is reaching its limit. Not only because the press is likely to start realizing that they're overdoing it, even by their own standards, but her activities are now turning into what's more accurately described as "antics," and because the more she speaks, the more difficult it is becoming to keep a gloss on what she says (and what the group that's using her stands for). Omri at Mere Rhetoric and Israpundit notes the following quote:
You can almost feel the news producers cringing.
I've never linked to Wonkette before, in fact, I'm not sure I've ever read Wonkette, but this extract posted at Winds of Change is spot-on (I, like Armed Liberal who posted it, agree with it all aside from what she says about the Administration):
Never underestimate the American people's ability to "get it." Cindy Sheehan is pretending to wish to speak to the President again, but most people understand that she's made it clear there's no point to it.
She lost her son. That buys a LOT of leeway, but when you use that loss for politics, and you start spouting anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, and you start saying things that some people feel puts other kids lives at stake, you start squandering that good will and may even start calling down for a bit of tough love.
Let Cindy Sheehan practice her free speech, but please beatify someone else.
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