The Mainstream Media: A Fountain of Misinformation

On Tuesday night, those of us watching the State of the Union heard breaking news about Cindy Sheehan being arrested for (and I quote) “unveiling a banner” while seated in chambers. Everyone heard that. That’s what was reported.

Two other people were arrested as well. But I didn’t hear about that until a day later.

Many Americans will probably NEVER know that she was actually arrested for wearing a t-shirt, as was a Republican Congressman’s wife who wore a t-shirt that read: “Support The Troops.” (Bill Young’s wife was NOT arrested.) Bill young went on the record and made a scathing speech to congress and Rumsfeld. (I have it, if anyone wishes to hear). Apologies were made immediately. Chargers against Cindy Sheehan were dropped. That hasn’t stopped people from comparing Cindy Sheehan as a Ku Klux Klan leader and an idiot. Apologies have been made after Young complained. But that’s not my point.

Now, think what you will about Cindy Sheehan. I realize that a lot of people don’t like her. But isn’t this a little f’ed up? Most of America will remember that Cindy Sheehan was arrested for “unveiling a banner”. It’s false. It’s a lie that NO ONE will report as loudly as the one they started.

(Oh, and freedom of speech, support the troops, buy the god damn magnet? My ass.)

11 Comments

  1. It was one of your T-shirts she was wearing wasn’t it. That explains it.

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  2. I wish! Oh, how I wish!

    Well, actually, I might be a bad girl sometimes, but that’d be disrespectful. I wouldn’t agree to that. Shocking, I know. :]

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  3. that would have been fucking awesome.
    shit, id go to jail just to see it.

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  4. You’d go to jail to see me wear a t-shirt featuring GW getting his nose sucked by Monica Lewinsky to the State of the Union Address? Now, if I could have had Hillary wear it, I think that would just about make my head explode.

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  5. OMG, I think I will make a comic featuring Hillary Clinton getting escorted out of chambers wearing my t-shirt.

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  6. Hi,
    An international perspective here…once you got beyond the boycott Danish herring and cheese articles there was the article about Cindy Sheehan. It showed her shirt, described the other ladies shirt. There was never any mention of a banner. It did say she was arrested because she refused to leave while the other women left quietly after being escorted out. However, it did say that the wife called Gainer an Idiot ( which they said was toned down from previous name calling.) So here in the United Arab Emirates people believe that she was arrested for wearing a tshirt.

    Meg

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  7. i was going to suggest you get one to hilary. i mean, did you see her sour puss?
    granted, there isnt much to be smiling about.
    its like a nightmare i cant wake up from and everytime it starts with two words: ‘president bush…’

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  8. here he goes again…….hmmmmmmmmm, i wonder………why was she even there?

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  9. I know. I know. I thought the same thing. And I’m sure they did, too. But she was invited by a congresswoman from cali.

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  10. What makes me real mad is this: no paper will push for this as ‘the truth’ or ‘a scandal’ on page 1, because if they do they get put on the shit-list by the white house and don’t get questions answered at press conferences (or sometimes even admittance).

    We might have free speech, but its almost pointless at times when there are such strong economic factors influencing the marketplace of ideas.

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