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Sheehan Claims Book Signing Photos Lied

It's all lies, says Mother Sheehan, according to Editor & Publisher:

Cindy Sheehan Claims Photos Falsely Implied Her Book Signing was a Flop

By E&P Staff

Published: November 29, 2005 12:30 PM ET

NEW YORK — Antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan and her book publisher are upset about Associated Press and Reuters photos that allegedly presented a misleading impression of her book signing last weekend in Texas.

Sheehan, whose soldier son was killed in Iraq, gained wide fame last summer in an antiwar protest near President Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, and then in a march in Washington, D.C. She returned to Crawford last week for a Thanksgiving protest. Her new book, “Not One More Mother's Child,” had just been published, and her publisher organized a book signing in a large tent in Crawford on Saturday.

Photos of the event, carried widely on the Web, and then picked up by conservative blogs, seemed to imply that the book signing was a bust. The photos showed Sheehan looking dejected, sitting at a table, with no one in the tent except for a couple of photographers. The AP caption simply read: “Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan waits for people to show up at her book signing near President Bush's ranch on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2005 in Crawford, Texas.”

The Washington Post, which carried Evan Vucci's AP photo, noted that at a protest the same day Sheehan had addressed a crowd of only about 100. “In the morning,” the Post observed, “Sheehan signed copies of her new book, being published this week, for an even smaller crowd,” although it cited bad weather as a possible factor.

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
[Iraqi-run, America-hating, anti-Semitic, preposterously named] peace house.”

Her publisher, Arnie Kotler at Koa Books, meanwhile released a letter to her supporters, charging that “AP and Reuters posted photos – I can't imagine why – of Cindy sitting at the book table between signings, rather than while someone was at the table. And now the smear websites are circulating an article, with these photos, that Cindy gave a signing and nobody came. It's simply not true…. the benefit books signing in Crawford, Texas on November 26, 2005 was well attended and a huge success.”

AP has not yet responded to a request for comment.

Poor Cindy. This time the mean old media slipped up and made it obvious even to the most feeble minded Kerry voter that she is lying her head off about her crowds.

One of these days Cindy is going to use some of the largess she is piling up to buy herself a camera. Then she will be able to document the multitudes she is always claiming to attract.

Heck, we didn't even allowed to see one book, let alone the hundred Cindy now claims to have sold.

But this is nothing new. Remember the ridiculous numbers our hero mother claimed for the September 24th rally? The throngs for her "Support The Terrorists" bus tour? The hordes who attended her first foray in the ditch?

Each of Mother Sheehan's claims was more preposterous than the last. Al-Cindy puts the Reverend Farrakhan to shame with her creative counting. But the media reports whatever she dreams up as fact, regardless.

Still, despite their best efforts and rubber man contortions, sometimes their cameramen slip up and show us the real story. Which is why this incident was such news. The mask slipped.

But only for an instant. Note the almost immediate return to the normal pro-Cindy spin:

[The Washington Post] cited bad weather as a possible factor.

Look at the other photos from (even later) that same day. There was not a cloud in the sky. People were in shirtsleeves, even t-shirts:

Who are we to believe? The Washington Post or our lying eyes?

In fact, we don't even have to believe our eyes, as our resourceful correspondent Scott has forwarded us a link to the Weather Channel's report for Crawford from that very day. It was sunny, with highs over 70 degrees.

But, alas, the universe is back in order. Our one party media is back to lying for Mother Sheehan again.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, November 29th, 2005. Comments are currently closed.

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