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0 comments | Sunday, July 09, 2006

In case you missed it, as I did, this is a really vile interview with Cindy Sheehan, conducted by Norah O'Donnell on Hardball. I don't think Trent Lott or George Allen would be treated this way and I don't understand why O'Donnell disrespected Cindy Sheehan so vehemently. Of course, Cindy's comment that she'd rather live under Chavez than Bush is probably eliciting loud guffaws from the ditto head right, but I don't find it to be an outlandish comment whatsoever. Choose to live under a president seeking human rights and social justice? Or one endorsing pro-business policies at any cost, and engaging in seemingly non-stop war mongering? The U.S. is the far wealthier country so this analysis doesn't hold up to much scrutiny anyway.

I thought Sheehan was rational, and even keeled and made a lot of sense. The highlight (lowlight?) was the venom displayed by O'Donnell who appeared to relish painting Sheehan as an extremist, going far beyond the call for her to do a stimulating interview. Instead she seemed to want to go at Sheehan as if she were a frightened puppy, to Cindy's credit she didn't take the bait and seemed peaceful and unflappable for the entire interview. There must be a casting call at Fox News channel or something for Norah O'Donnell to display her claws so brazenly and act in such an impertinent manner.


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