“Moost unusual.” That was how CNN chose to headline its coverage of anti-war coverage last week–a slightly more subtle variant of the newscast’s ultimate message: “Wow, get a load of these freaks.”
“There was a lot of dress-up among protesters,” the anchor intones sardonically. And later, bemusedly: “This bike-riding protester played chicken with a bus!” Much of the footage is trained on one woman in New York, who is seen alternately engrossed in a sing-song chant, “Shock and awe!” and haranguing protesters for their opposition to the war.
No sign of the veterans who came out in force to protest, or the many family members who have lost loved ones in the conflict.
Meanwhile, Dick Cheney reminded the country yesterday that while a $3-trillion war is hard–especially for those who have sacrificed family members–it’s “obviously” hardest for President Bush. After all, said Cheney, “He’s the one who has to make the decision to commit young Americans…the all-volunteer force, who voluntarily put on the uniform and go in harm’s way for the rest of us.”
In related news, the film Stop Loss debuts in theaters this week.