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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
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Compare as well his response to Ms. Sheehan’s. While calling the administration “cowards” is intemperate, it’s certainly understandable under the circumstances. But try to imagine Cindy Sheehan saying anything like this:

Despite the nature of his concerns, Woods then proceeded to reject the notion that there was any bitterness in his queries.

“First of all, I am not angry at all,” Woods said. “In fact, Mr. President, if I had the opportunity of speaking to you face to face, and I would really love to, I would say this: ‘Mr. President, I respect your office. However, if you are responsible for the death of my son, I totally forgive you.’”

“This is about honor, courage and about love for America,” Woods added. “And remember this, Mr. President: my son and the others died heroes and it’s better to die the death of a hero than it is to live the life of a coward. If you are responsible for the death of my son, I forgive you, I love you. I also love America.”

What? Nothing about putting a stake through the president’s “black heart”?

Perhaps it’s the lack of that kind of red meat that has somehow made the same media that adulated Cindy Sheehan seemingly allergic to Chuck Woods. Or maybe it’s because he’s unhappy with a president that they love, rather than despise.

Whatever the reason, he is an invisible man. When one does a search for “Chuck Woods Benghazi,” the only links that come up are to Fox News, or links to other places that link to Fox News. ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, and the rest of the alphabet soup are conspicuous by their absence (though interestingly, the current top link is a Slate story by Dave Weigel asking if “conservatives” will be able to “Swift Boat” Obama over the issue).

Maybe if he really wants to get the nation’s attention, Mr. Woods will have to take a page from Cindy Sheehan’s book, and perhaps chain himself to the White House fence. I’d bet that, plus a mass rally by the Tea Party in Lafayette Square to support him, might force the other networks to finally take note of someone who has even more “absolute moral authority” than their erstwhile heroine and speaker of “truth” to power.

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Rand Simberg is a recovering aerospace engineer and a consultant in space commercialization, space tourism and Internet security. He offers occasionally biting commentary about infinity and beyond at his weblog, Transterrestrial Musings.
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