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Netlore Archive: Email flier claims that Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a soldier who died in the Iraq war, never really cared about her son while he was growing up and in fact abandoned him to be raised by her 'ex-husband'

Description: Email flier
Circulating since: August 2005
Status: False
Analysis: See below

Email example contributed by P. Hoff, 6 September 2005:


What is most interesting to me is that the press gives this little bunch of people who are protesting with Cindy so much air time without discussing Cindy's background. This is a case of more press bias. It has been pointed out on just a couple of media outlets that Cindy divorced her first husband and left her son with him to be raised while she became a political activist for the Democratic Party. She had very little to do with her son in his growing years. She remarried. The 1st husband remarried. The original father raised the son with his new wife. They miss their son and mourn the loss of his life. They have stated that they are very proud of their son and that they agree with the stance of America in Iraq and on terror. They said that their son was eager to serve and to go fight the terrorists in Iraq.

He volunteered. How many news stations carried their interview? Not many.

So the son dies in Iraq and then Cindy shows up to make a stink. She gets an audience with Bush. That was not enough. She goes to Crawford and demands another audience. How many news stations carry the ongoing saga of Cindy? Practically all of them. Cindy didn't care about her son. She let another woman raise him. Cindy doesn't care about the other soldiers in Iraq. Cindy cares about her liberal, feminist agenda and about using the death of her son to lobby against Republicans and Bush. And the press is helping her. Why?

Then 2 days ago, Cindy's 2nd husband filed for a divorce from Cindy. Cindy sounds like a feminist opportunist who did not have the sense of responsibility to even raise her own son. It looks like her 2nd husband is fed up with Cindy. We middle Americans should be fed up with Cindy also. We should be fed up with the press. They manipulate us into their "group think" and into the responses that they want on their polls.

H. A. Brown

Comments: False. This is a work of fiction, an attempt at character assassination aimed at one purpose only -- to discredit political activist Cindy Sheehan.

Cindy Sheehan, dubbed "the Peace Mom" by the media, became a strident, highly visible critic of President Bush and the war in Iraq after her son, Casey, was killed in action in April 2004. Contrary to the allegations above, she was still married to her first husband, Patrick, at the time, and had actively participated in the raising of her son. She did not "let another woman raise him." Having never divorced, neither she nor her husband had remarried.

Patrick Sheehan did file for divorce in August 2005 on grounds of "irreconcilable differences." Though Cindy Sheehan has blamed their separation on disagreements over her political activities, Patrick has never publicly stated his own views on the war, let alone professed agreement "with the stance of America in Iraq and on terror."

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Casey Sheehan's Grave Marker
Email flier accuses anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan of 'not bothering' to place a tombstone over the grave of her son, Casey Sheehan, who was killed in the Iraq war in 2004.

Sources and further reading:

Cindy Sheehan's Pitched Battle
Washington Post (free reg. required), 13 August 2005

Cindy Sheehan: The Face Behind Bush Vigil
SF Chronicle, 20 August 2005September 2005

Activist Mother Sued for Divorce
SF Chronicle, 16 August 2005

Last updated: 09/29/05

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