Exploiting Cindy Sheehan’s Emotional Crackup

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The media frenzy surrounding Cindy Sheehan, the woman who lost a son in Iraq, is a prime example of what has gone wrong with 24-hour “news” coverage.

The woman is clearly unhinged, and while we need to respect her grief at losing her son, it is now abundantly evident that her campaign has moved beyond her personal loss to her political ideology.

It is embarrassing and inhumane for the media to expose this poor women’s unbalanced behavior. Somebody needs to step in to provide her with a quiet place to rest and, one would hope, regain her rationality and emotional balance. It is terribly sad to see the press bored from a slow-news August and the forced inactivity in Crawford, Texas exploit someone who has become a crackpot.

Cindy Sheehan’s campaign long ago lost any pretense of being a mother’s grief-stricken reaction to her son’s tragic death. When Sheehan’s 24-year-old son, Casey, was killed in Baghdad last year, she founded an antiwar organization called Gold Star Families. Now, she has combined Madison Avenue and K Street by hiring a political consultant, public relations advisors, and establishing a website in an organized effort to keep the cameras on her and her cause.

All that high-powered activity is being funded by three major-league, Far Left sponsors Moveon.org (notorious for Michael Moore’s efforts to keep the President from being re-elected), TrueMajority (established by the liberal Ben and Jerry’s ice cream dynasty) and Democracy for America and seems to be linked to an orchestrated effort to harass and embarrass President Bush.

As she has moved from grieving mother to political spokesperson, Mrs. Sheehan has become shrill. She is calling President Bush “the biggest terrorist in the world.” She is accusing the U.S. of waging a “nuclear” war in Iraq. She is even urging the President to send his two “party-animal” daughters into the conflict and she is threatening to impeach everyone in the White House and U.S. military. Those are not rational statements especially when accompanied by what news people are kindly calling her “potty mouth.” The woman can spew out foul language and call people names with the best drunken sailor or dock worker.

In a blatant contradiction of her major complaint (that Bush hasn’t been willing to meet with her), Sheehan met with the President shortly after her son’s death in April 2004. Afterward, she expressed appreciation for the President’s sympathy. Now she calls him “callous” and says her earlier description of the meeting with the President was colored by her shock and bereavement. Equally sad is the fact that Cindy has not spoken with some members of her family since President Bush was elected President.

Her supporters are calling Cindy Sheehan, “the Rosa Parks of the Iraqi War,” while others are describing her as the “face of the anti-war movement.”

It is unspeakably sad that a woman who should be grieving the loss of her son has, instead, turned to name-calling and unseemly behavior in an ideological campaign that dishonors the memory of her son and disparages the heroic cause for which he gave his life. And it is equally sad that the media continue to egg her on.

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