Thursday, March 02, 2006

A Grieving Mom Shunned By the MSM

Cindy Sheehan is now a household name. She was given that status by the almost unprecedented media coverage that has followed her every move since last year when she began to voice her anti-war message. She was no more special than anyone else except for two things. First, she is the parent of a true American hero that died in Iraq. Second, she is rabidly anti-war. As such the media found her very sympathetic.

The MSM has followed her bus tour, her Crawford camping trip, her speeches from coast to coast, her playing kissy kissy with Hugo Chavez, her high profile arrests, her book, her potential political ambitions, and was even granted absolute moral authority by Maureen Down of the NYT because of her status as a bereaved mother.

Now there is a fly in the ointment. Another bereaved mother is rallying against "Mother Sheehan" because she is upset with all of Sheehan's coverage and the message she spews.

You can guess that the "absolute authority" of this grieving mother is being given wide coverage by the media. Well, not quite.

Writing in Townhall, Todd Manzi has this story about Merrilee Carlson and her attempt to get the word out.

A grieving mother of a soldier killed in Iraq wants to voice her opinion. She has a message about the war in Iraq and feels the American people need to hear what she has to say.

Her name is Merrilee Carlson and her story is compelling and newsworthy. Unlike another mother of a fallen soldier, Carlson is not a household name. Her message is exactly opposite of the over-exposed message of the well-known protesting mom.

Regarding the war in Iraq, Carlson says, "We have to take a step back and look at what we have asked our military to do. We have asked them to do a job. It doesn't matter how we got there. The fact is we are there and we have a job to finish."
Read the article and see if you think the main stream media is being unbiased in this instance.

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