Saturday, August 13, 2005


The PC Police, Part I


I've been a big fan of for a few months, and it's become obvious that Jesse and Michelle consider themselves to be leading dispensers of right wing outrage. Usually the hot outrageous topic is something some lefty said that leaves a bit of tarnish on the gilding of the Conservative Narrative. So let's consider them the Elite Republican Guard of IOKIYAAR brand of Political Correctness.

Cindy Sheehan and Fun with False Dichotomies

Jesse and Michelle are on a roll with their Sheehan coverage. It appears that the mother of a fallen soldier is the latest individual to upset their PC sensibilities. Unlike the academics, journalists, and seasoned politicians that the Malkins usually attack, Sheehan isn't looking for votes or public approval.

Q: What does a hack polemicist do when their target is likely to say, "So what?" in response to airing of politically incorrect statements?

A: Lie about that person lying, of course!

(The) Malkin(s):

Sheehan's shifting account of her meeting with Bush was reported by Matt Drudge five days ago.

For those of you who haven't followed the story closely, here's the complete report in Sheehan's hometown newspaper from June 24, 2004:

"I now know he's sincere about wanting freedom for the Iraqis," Cindy said after their meeting. "I know he's sorry and feels some pain for our loss. And I know he's a man of faith."


"That was the gift the president gave us, the gift of happiness, of being together," Cindy said.

Now, here's what Sheehan told CNN last weekend (Sunday, August 7, 2005) about her meeting with Bush last year, according to a transcript on Nexis:

Every time we tried to talk about Casey and how much we missed him, he would change the subject. And he acted like it was a party.

Liberals continue to claim hysterically that it is a right-wing "lie" that Sheehan changed her story about her meeting with Bush. Guess the Post is now a member of the VRWC.

It's hard to tell if the Malkins are being facetious with this false dichotomy: either Sheehan is lying or the Washington Post is part of some anti-Lib conspiracy. Let's assume they're joking, and that they are just being their plain old righteously indidnant selves. The funny thing is that the link on the word "Liberals" above goes to a Media Matters article that proves the Malkins to be liars on this - perpetually.

Ignoring that, their desire to assassinate the character of Sheehan is so strong that they cannot reconcile the statements Sheehan made in June 2004 with her current public statements. Consider this possibility: Cindy, around this time last year, had enough respect for the office of the President to keep her personal feelings personal; then, as Sheehan herself has claimed, the Downing Street Minutes set her off.

For the Malkins, deluded by fantasies of nearly four thousand parents smiling over the flag draped coffins of their children, it is too much to believe that this grieving mother is doing what she knows her son would want her to do. If that's so politically incorrect that the Malkins have to link to a gossip post postulating on the problems of Sheehan's marriage, then I have a feeling "The PC Police" series is going to be a long one.

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