FOX Unleashes Vile McCarthyite Smear Campaign Against Cindy and the Peace Movement
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Thanks to the support of peace activists around the country, Cindy Sheehan's demand to meet with George Bush is now headline news.
The Busheviks are terrified that Cindy will rally the overwhelming majority of Americans - now 62% - who believe the invasion of Iraq was wrong.
First they sicked Matt Drudge on Cindy to twist her words about her June 2004 meeting with Bush, but Drudge's attack was a miserable failure. So now FOX News is trying a different tack by red-baiting and pink-baiting Cindy.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, Bill O'Reilly led the charge. But on Wednesday, he got his ass handed to him by Dolores Kesterton, who also lost a son in Iraq - and firmly defended Cindy against O'Reilly's vicious smears.
So O'Reilly was benched, and John Gibson was sent in as a relief pitcher on Thursday. In order to trash Cindy, Gibson called on Ira Stoll, editor of the rightwing New York Sun and author of "Cindy Sheehan's Crowd." Stoll attacked Cindy for working with "extreme groups and individuals":
Code Pink, Veterans for Peace, and Military Families Speak Out all have representatives on the steering committee of United for Peace and Justice, an anti-war umbrella group. They share that distinction with the Communist Party USA.
We, the members of United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ), stand opposed to the “pre-emptive” wars of aggression waged by the Bush administration; we reject its drive to expand U.S. control over other nations and strip us of our rights at home under the cover of fighting terrorism and spreading democracy; we say NO to its use of war and racism to concentrate power in the hands of the few, at home and abroad.
We come together to turn the tide, to overwhelm war with peace, and oppression with justice. We hold that sovereign nations have the right to determine their own future, free from the threat of “pre-emptive attacks” and “regime change,” military occupation, and outside control of their economic resources. We call for new foreign and domestic policies based on the peaceful resolution of disputes amongst states; respect for national sovereignty, international law, and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; the defense and extension of basic democratic freedoms to all; social and economic justice; and the use of public spending to meet human and environmental needs.
We seek to build a broad mass movement for peace and justice composed of all who are threatened by the new war program. We envision UFPJ as a movement-building coalition that coordinates and supports the work of existing groups and builds linkages and solidarity where none exist. We will link the wars abroad with the assaults at home, and U.S. militarism to the corporate economic interests it serves. We will work to make the peace movement a strong ally to movements for social and economic justice in the U.S. and abroad.
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Update #1: Deborah at News Hounds posted an excellent blog:
Then Gibson went back to the subversive groups that had swallowed Cindy Sheehan. He repeated that he had 8 on his list but had trouble articulating them. Once again Fenton Communications was named along with MoveOn, Veterans for Peace. Maybe the names on Gibsons list like, Goldstar Moms For Peace, sounded too appropriate. He asked his expert guest what kind of agenda these groups had besides bashing Bush.
Stoll with a tone of authority claimed that these groups oppose any military involvement anywhere and want us to be isolationists. He added that these are the same people that threw rocks in Seattle and want Socialism.
Gibson came up with a real eye popper claiming that Cindy Sheehan's home in California is very close to Berkley where "a lot of those WTO protesters" come from.
Stoll opined that Cindy Sheehan was probably chosen because she is "more appealing than someone with a nose ring and a ponytail."
Update 2: Ellen at Fox Hounds also hit her target:
In what has become a nightly ritual, Hannity & Colmes did a lengthy segment Thursday night (8/11/05) full of outrage on behalf of Natalee Holloway's family toward the Aruban government for not properly responding to the concerns of the family about its investigation into her disappearance. Yet, unless I missed something, Cindy Sheehan, another mother struggling to get answers from a government - our own - about the loss of her child, has gotten no airtime on the program to date.