Thursday, August 11, 2005

President Bush, Cindy Sheehan, and Iraq

President Bush spoke today from Crawford, TX concerning Iraq. CNN and Fox News had articles on their web site covering his message that it would be bad to pull out of Iraq now despite those who are calling for a pull-out. Political biases can be seen in the articles. Fox’s headline shows a more human Bush by saying “Bush: I Grieve for Dead Soldiers, But Won't Bring Rest Home” contrasted with CNN’s “Bush: Iraq pullout would send 'terrible signal'.”

CNN devotes 22% of its article (by word count) to Cindy Sheehan and other war protesters. Fox has two sentences or 5% of its article.

CNN refers to Sheehan and the protesters in the first sentence whereas Fox does not say anything until much later in the article. Here is the wording of the opening sentences for each. Same message basically except with CNN adding the info on the protesters (or Fox choosing not to refer to protesters up front).

CNN: President Bush said Thursday he sympathizes with war protesters like the mother camped outside his Texas ranch demanding answers for her solider-son's death, but he said he believes it would be a mistake to bring U.S. troops home now.

FOX: President Bush said Thursday that no decision has been made on increasing or decreasing troop strength in Iraq ahead of Iraqi elections in October, but it would be a mistake to bail out on the Iraqis before the nation is secure.

Links to the articles:
http://www.cnn.com/2005/POLITICS/08/11/bush.ap/index.html

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,165373,00.html

2 comments:

Yankeekilo22 said...

One can not or should not abrogate this poor tortured mother right to protest or have her opinion as to the Iraq war and the death of her son, as this is exactly the inalienable right of freedom her son gave his all for.

One, however, should pause to wonder. Is, as she has stated, being in shock, really a viable retort as opposed to her media reported glowing praises for Bush and the war when she spoke to reporters just after he met with her and others at Fort Lewis in Seattle in 2004. Obviously she has had an epiphany since.

Likewise, one should pause and ponder as to why she and her son, whom, she now says was against the war, made purposeful consciences decision, post 9/11, Post Afghanistan and Iraq, to volunteer to join the ARMED forces. Surely, there was some conscious thought that as an Armed soldier, where conflicts had already been occurring, one would conceive they would have a good or better than average chance of getting into the fight?

Likewise, alternatively, even on getting orders for deployment, one wonders why other avenues such as refusal where not selected given this tortured lady’s statement of her son’s deep desire not to go to Iraq.

That refusal alternative, to date, for those selecting this route of protest, has gotten them nothing but mild amounts of jail time and a dishonorable discharge. Why was this not a consideration and a considered option by her and her son if he did feel as she now says he did.

Surely, such a strong willed and determined mother like she evidently is, would foresee this and thusly strongly influence an already willingly reluctant son toward that alternative and or the alternate of desertion to Canada option well available as well.

Likewise, a friend has said, he will send me photos of the usual 10 to 20, at most, protesters who camp along a two lane rural road beside a cow pasture about 9 miles from Bush’s Ranch just outside Waco. He said, Only on two occasions, as he lives there, has the number of protesters rose to above 50 to 60 ,then it was but for a few hours and back to the normal 10 or so.

Yet, if one read the news or views the TV media coverage, one would be sure there are tens of thousands down there.

This commentary is made in full respect for this brave young man’s sacrifice for his nation and the Iraq people and his mothers inalienable right to peaceful protest and express her position which is essential to why her son gave his live for all of us to do so.

Yankeekilo22 said...

One can not or should not abrogate this poor tortured mother right to protest or have her opinion as to the Iraq war and the death of her son heard as this is exactly the inalienable right of freedom her son gave his all for.

One, however, should pause to wonder, is, as she has stated, being in shock, really a viable retort as opposed to her media reported glowing praises for Bush and the war when she spoke to reporters just after he met with her and others at Fort Lewis in Seattle in 2004.

Obviously she has had an epiphany since.

Likewise, one should pause and ponder as to why she and her son, whom, she now says was against the war, made purposeful consciences decision, post 9/11, Post Afghanistan and Iraq, to volunteer to join the ARMED forces.

Surely, there was some conscious thought that as an Armed soldier, where conflicts had already been occurring, one would conceive they would have a good or better than average chance of getting into the fight?

Likewise, alternatively, even on getting orders for deployment, one wonders why other avenues such as refusal where not selected given this tortured lady’s statement of her son’s deep desire not to go to Iraq and being against it all together.

That refusal alternative, to date, for those selecting this route of protest, has gotten them nothing but mild amounts of jail time and a dishonorable discharge. Why was this not a consideration and a considered option by her and her son if he did feel as she now says he did.

Surely, such a strong willed and determined mother like she evidently is, would foresee this and thusly strongly influence, an already willingly reluctant son toward that alternative and or the alternate of desertion to Canada, an option well available as well.

Likewise, a friend has said, he will send me photos of the usual 10 to 20, at most, protesters who camp along a two lane rural road beside a cow pasture about 9 miles from Bush’s Ranch just outside Waco. He said, Only on two occasions, as he lives there, has the number of protesters rose to above 50 to 60 ,then it was but for a few hours and then back to the normal 10 or so.

Yet, if one read the news or views the TV media coverage, one would be sure there are tens of thousands down there.

This commentary is made in full respect for this brave young man’s sacrifice for his nation and the Iraq people and his mothers inalienable right to conduct a peaceful protest and express her position which is essential to why her son gave his live for all of us so we could do so.