Focus-group phrase alert! “Cindy Sheehan has a political agenda.” Heard everywhere on RW radio today, with obvious RW shills calling in and repeating it on the Ed Shultz show. (Schultz is great. Really great.)
Also, up now at Drudge, the latest deflection smear. It’s obviously crafted by professional propagandists – “political motivations” – “promoting her own personal agenda and notoriety” – “The rest of the Sheehan Family supports the troops, our country, and our President, silently, with prayer and respect.” (you’ll see it EVERYWHERE soon):
See the update – it’s a fabrication!
From Drudge (and read on Limbaugh today):
FAMILY OF FALLEN SOLDIER PLEADS: PLEASE STOP, CINDY!
Thu Aug 11 2005 12:56:21 ET
The family of American soldier Casey Sheehan, who was killed in Iraq on April 4, 2004, has broken its silence and spoken out against his mother Cindy Sheehan’s anti-war vigil against George Bush held outside the president’s Crawford, Texas ranch.
The following email was received by the DRUDGE REPORT from Casey’s aunt and godmother:
Our family has been so distressed by the recent activities of Cindy we are breaking our silence and we have collectively written a statement for release. Feel free to distribute it as you wish. Thanks Ð Cherie
In response to questions regarding the Cindy Sheehan/Crawford Texas issue: Sheehan Family Statement:
The Sheehan Family lost our beloved Casey in the Iraq War and we have been silently, respectfully grieving. We do not agree with the political motivations and publicity tactics of Cindy Sheehan. She now appears to be promoting her own personal agenda and notoriety at the the expense of her son’s good name and reputation. The rest of the Sheehan Family supports the troops, our country, and our President, silently, with prayer and respect.
Casey Sheehan’s grandparents, aunts, uncles and numerous cousins.
Silently, that’s the ticket.
Update – What family, you might ask? See Does Cherie Quartarolo speak for Casey Sheehan?
… a woman named Cherie Quartarolo has confirmed the details of her statement. We’ve done some research., and there is a 53-year-old woman with that name living in Kelseyville, Calif. We know of nothing that disproves her claim that she’s related to Casey Sheehan.
On the other hand, the powerful search engine we used to confirm her identity also tracks possible relatives, and Casey’s parents, Cindy and Pat Sheehan, didn’t come up, nor did any other known relatives of Casey Sheehan.
Also, to this date, despite all the extensive press coverage of Casey Sheehan’s death and Cindy Sheehan’s activism, there is nothing that mentions Quartarolo. …
Oh just go there and read the rest. It’s just another lie. (Through Atrios)
But remember, silently is the word.