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Chuck Woods vs. Cindy Sheehan: Whom Does Media Give ‘Absolute Moral Authority’?

The grieving father's tribute to honor has received attention from exactly one network, while Sheehan was ubiquitous.

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Rand Simberg

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November 2, 2012 - 9:34 am

It wasn’t just MoDo who went gaga over Cindy. Reporters from every network were tripping over themselves and each other in Crawford to stick mics and cameras in their heroine’s face. As Brent Baker noted in August of 2005:

Before and after Cindy Sheehan’s announcement Thursday that she was leaving Crawford to attend to her ill mother, the networks celebrated her supposed achievements and hoped they’d re-invigorate the anti-war movement. “Did just one grieving mother spark the beginnings of an anti-war movement? We’ll give you the ‘Inside Story,’” CBS anchor John Roberts promised before Wyatt Andrews trumpeted: “Her movement seemed to catch fire Wednesday night as tens of thousands of people in more than a thousand places attended vigils in support.” He insisted that it’s “very clear Cindy Sheehan has tapped the public’s frustration.” ABC anchor Elizabeth Vargas saw “a campaign born of sadness and resolution.” Thursday morning, ABC’s Charlie Gibson championed: “All across the country protests against the war in Iraq, inspired by the mother standing her ground at President Bush’s ranch.” On screen, GMA put “MOM ON A MISSION: IS ANTIWAR MOVEMENT GROWING?” George Stephanopoulos claimed “a lot of Republicans would say” that “this is the president’s swift boat moment.”

Now, compare and contrast to someone that many have never heard of: Chuck Woods, bereaved father of Tyrone Woods, one of the SEALS killed in Benghazi a couple months ago.

George Bush wasn’t watching live in Iraq when Casey Sheehan was killed by a mine, but Barack Obama was reportedly in the White House Situation Room (though unlike his response to Hurricane Sandy, there are no pictures) while Chuck’s son was under attack by jihadists that the White House has been pretending are “on the run,” and requesting help from his superiors.

And if George Bush’s response to Cindy Sheehan when they met may have seemed diffident (at least to her), when the president met with Mr. Woods, he was positively cold:

Sean Hannity: And so, you felt he couldn’t look you in the eye and that basically he felt no empathy and you said the same thing pretty much about Hillary Clinton?

Chuck Woods: Right. What happened was he came through there kind of after everyone else had been, you know, in the room circulating and he came over and shook my hand, you know, I wanted to do more than just shake his hand, so I kind of put my arm around his shoulder to have just a little bit of physical warmth, not a major hug but just a small one. And, you know, he kind of — it wasn’t in a powerful voice it was more of just a whiney little voice I’m sorry. You know, and I could tell by his voice he wasn’t even sorry.

It would be like a little kid that is told by the teacher to go apologize to Johnny out on the playground, and when looked at me his face was pointed towards me but he couldn’t look me in the eye. He was looking over my shoulder and like I say, I thought, you know, political — literally like shaking hands with a dead fish. I did not believe him at all as far as his being sorry and now we understand why.

Was he one of those cowards that was in the White House watching my son being murdered on TV and refusing to do anything? That is a question that he will probably not have the courage to answer publicly but I would like to personally know that answer and one of these days, the whole I’m sure that we will have that answer.

And the secretary of State was actually duplicitous (and insulting to his intelligence) when she tried to maintain the false narrative that it was a result of an overly rambunctious movie review:

He said … Clinton assured him that they were going to “arrest and prosecute” the man that made the scapegoated YouTube video critical of Islam.

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