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December
30
2005
4:08 pm
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Ok, I had promised to give more examples of media bias that I happen across. I haven’t been very proactive about it, due to time and other things. I also haven’t been watching as much news. But this caught my eye…

Take a look at the photo that Reuters ran for the story of Cindy Sheehan’s Book Signing in Crawford, TX

Kind of makes you feel a couple of things… For one, the presence of the flag so bold and strong (on the “left” side wouldn’t you know, ha ha) would instill patriotic thoughts in anyone, don’t you think? Then you see Cindy at her signing table, with pen and items to sign, and it even looks like she’s talking to someone. The presence of feet doesn’t make you think anything other than — hey, someone’s there watching, and the photo angle only allows for showing one person anyway, and he’s way over on the right hand side of her “audience” so it’s probably full of people watching or waiting and besides, that beautiful flag is probably hiding a line of folks waiting to buy her book and get it signed.

Well then. Would it surprise you to learn that these photos were also taken? Do they give a different impression?

Other info about the event:

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Unlike then, when hundreds came from all over the country for major events at the two campsites named after Sheehan’s son, who was killed in Iraq, Sheehan found herself addressing a crowd of only about 100 Saturday afternoon. The large tent where supporters had erected a stage hung with the banner “Speak Truth to Power” was only partially full. In the morning Sheehan signed copies of her new book, being published this week, for an even smaller crowd.

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But in a statement today, Sheehan accused “right-wing” sites of “spreading a false story that nobody bought my book at Camp Casey on Saturday. That is not true, I sold all 100 copies and got writer’s cramp signing them. Photos were taken of me before the people got in line to have me sign the book. We made $2000 for the peace house.”

Hmm. A booksigning with just 100 copies? Of a 175-page paperback? Here’s my media spin alert machine talking, so forgive me here, but it seems that someone who attracted “thousands of people’ to Crawford to protest the Iraq War who only brings 100 copies of a book is looking to advertise something like “Cindy Sheehan Booksigning a massive sellout”. I bet we only learned about the 100 copies because it was *amazing* that they all sold.

Here are some other articles related to this:

Mother Sheehan’s Book Signing
Cindy book-signing a very ‘lonely affair’
AP defends pix of ‘lonely’ Cindy book-signing
Cindy Sheehan Claims Photos Falsely Implied Her Book Signing was a Flop
Snopes’ Book Drop

and the houseofbugs folks have it right when they said:

And lo, the people did comment thus:

One Comment

  1. Alicia says:

    After I have read through the content, I laughed out with the caricature beside Cindy.

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