Saturday, August 20, 2005

Ignorance is Bliss

This morning's San Francisco Chronicle contains yet another Cindy Sheehan article. This one is a column written by C.W. Nevius. And, as is the case with large swathes of the media, they see only what is helpful to their world view. Here's what Nevius says:
"Although she had to leave Thursday to tend to her ailing mother in Los Angeles, Sheehan has gained such notoriety that she's been called the Rosa Parks of the anti-war movement. Whether the president elects to meet with her or not, she has clearly reopened the debate and put a human face on it."

"But despite her efforts, Sheehan was becoming more and more frustrated. "I always got the feeling that her anger gained momentum over time,'' Kniesler says. "She was doing all the right things and getting nowhere.'And that, in an odd way, is how she ended up camped on the road outside Bush's ranch."

The narative reads like it was typed up over at Fenton Communications--MoveOn's PR firm and the PR firm supporting Cindy Sheehan. Inconvienient facts are ignored so that a single message gets out--one that borrows Rosa Parks good name for an unrelated cause. What's surpising about Nevius is how little he actually knows about his subject other that what she wants him to know. This morning I had the following exchange with C.W. Nevius about his article.

Me--Thanks for the Sheehan love note. You and David Duke have something in common.
Nevius--Thanks for the note. But David Duke? You lost me there.
Me--David Duke has picked up on Sheehan's anti Israel statements and used that to endorse her. Sheehan said,"My son joined the Army to protect America, not Israel. Am I stupid?...It’s OK for Israel to have nuclear weapons but we are waging nuclear war in Iraq, we have contaminated the entire country. It’s not OK for Syria to be in Lebanon. Hypocrites! But Israel can occupy Palestine? Stop the slaughter!" In addition, Sheehan has lent support for radical lawyer Lynne Stewart who was convicted for aiding a terrorist in prison. "Sheehan said she considered Lynne Stewart her Atticus Finch, the lawyer who defended an innocent Black man accused of rape in the book and film “To Kill A Mockingbird.” Are you saying that you're not familiar with this Cindy Sheehan? Ask yourself, if Karl Rove said these things would we still not know it?
Nevius--Oh. Hadn't heard the David Duke connection. Lots of people jumping on the bandwagon for their own means. I only know her as a local woman I'd interviewed.

There you have it. A gullible media accepting Sheehan's statements at face value and ignoring her anti-Israel pro-terrorist lawyer statements. Is it possible that Nevius is on Fenton's payroll?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

your voice grows more shrill. bob, buddy, do you honestly believe all journalists are part of a vast liberal conspiracy? do you honestly believe nevius is on someone else's payroll? why don't you walk a mile in a reporter's shoes before dishing out this crap you call a blog.

2:10 PM  
Blogger Bob said...

All--no, some--yes. You feel otherwise?

2:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd think Bob was questioning Nevius' research and knowledge of current events. It would just make sense to know who you are really praising before you praise them so publicly. Does Nevius support the anti-Israel pro-Stewart position of Sheehan? If not, how much of her rehtoric does he really endorse?

4:22 PM  
Anonymous Smoking Jay said...

Every time my dog does a "crap on a blog", the flies rush in. I think the first anon is one of those flies. Bob, keep pushing the truth...this is fun reading...

6:29 PM  
Blogger Silicon Valley Jim said...

What's surpising about Nevius is how little he actually knows about his subject other that what she wants him to know.

Do you actually find it surprising that somebody who writes for the Chronicle doesn't know very much and is too lazy to do any research?

5:13 PM  

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