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.)