The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

30 August 2005

Conservative Sneaks Inside Cindy's Circus

INFILTRATOR

Inside Camp Casey, Cindy Sandwich, Sharpton's 110MPH!


What really goes on inside Cindy Sheehan's Crawford camp?

Is it really about grassroots activists joining together, or has she merely been used by political operatives in Ben Cohen's San Francisco-based nonprofit?

Friday's Rusty Humphries show (where I filled in as host), featured Curtis Loftis, a conservative activist who managed to get direct access to nearly everyone in Sheehan's group, merely by blending in.

Loftis followed up with an exclusive account of his experiences for the Radio Equalizer:



Two Days in Camp Casey:

A Conservative's Belly-of-the-Beast Odyssey



By Curtis Loftis


On a
hot and dry mid-afternoon, I arrived at Camp Casey, where the assembled demonstrators seemed in somewhat of a melancholy state.

Stressing cocktail conversation, not political discussion, I quickly made friends. My goal was not confrontation, but a desire to understand what was actually happening here in Crawford.

Going incognito was the only way pull it off.

After getting to know several nice women from California's Central Coast, I drove with my new friends to the larger, tented camp with Ms. Sheehan and Company.

There I found a well-funded and orchestrated public relations campaign, run by media professionals, complete with the highest-quality electronic equipment.

From satellite trucks and cell phones to wireless computer access, every modern convenience to enhance the “message” was found in this remote part of Texas.

It was all there for the gathered left-wing, socialist and
self-described marxist media representatives.

Everyone had a purpose and the environment was collegial. Ruthlessly enforced were rules banning drinking and regulating behavior.

Straying from the predetermined message meant an early exit from the facility. Handmade signs were monitored, less they distract from it.

Most of Sheehan's protesters were either professional, working for Fenton Communications, Code Pink, or other groups. Many were longtime protesters, with radical activism dating to 1965, or earlier.

In conversations with about 50 people over 48 hours, all seemed interesting and engaging. We talked sports, cars, of wonderful California and just about everything that could be discussed, without divulging my ideology.

But when political topics did arise, no matter what the issue, they all responded the same way: it's America's fault.

Toward the end, I decided to innocently toss out different issues just to garner a response.

One issue: peasant unrest in rural China, with the brutality shown by the government and their hired thugs. Their response: that America has mistreated its black citizens, or that gays are beaten here everyday.

So the hate America” crowd really does exist, intellectually bulimic, having ingested all of this bile.
As a show of steadfastness to their peace-and-love cause, they looked forward to regurgitating it.

In an
air-conditioned trailer, Cindy Sheehan spent most of the time huddled with VIPs. When she did venture out, it was for scripted and televised moments. Always trailed by her media people, they were quick to keep her on point.

During one conversation with Sheehan, I asked how much time she would actually be spending on the bus tour to Washington. I discovered she would be on it for just two days and away speechmaking during the rest of the time. I wondered if they were paid engagements.

A media handler then grabbed her arm, leading her back to the trailer and away from me.

Their message was protected.

I was left standing there and feeling less secure about my status at Camp Casey. But just a few minutes later, she emerged from the trailer, smiling and performing for the cameras.

Like the carnival chicken that plays tic-tac-toe, Cindy Sheehan eagerly performs for any microphone put in front of her.

She is relentless, professional, well-financed and always on message: all bad things are America's fault.


--- At RightWingNuthouse: Where are all the protestors? (Tip: Tom at BizzyBlog)


--- Update: FOX News reporting Al Sharpton's speeding car doing 110mph leaving Crawford speech.

A nine-mile police chase ensued:

CRAWFORD, Texas — A driver for the Rev. Al Sharpton (search) led Ellis County Sheriff's deputies on a nine-mile chase at speeds up to 110 mph before state troopers stopped the car, authorities said.

The driver was rushing Sharpton to the airport after his visit anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan (search) on Sunday at her camp outside President Bush's ranch in Crawford.


The car carrying Sharpton and two other passengers was clocked doing 110 mph in a 65 mph zone on Interstate 35 in Ellis County in North Texas, said Lt. Danny Williams.

The car ignored deputies' attempts to stop it and continued speeding and weaving in and out of traffic before it was stopped, Williams said.


--- Speaking of Rev. Sharpton, whatever happened to his radio talk show? It was supposed to be in national syndication by now. Haven't heard a word in three months.

--- Sheehan eBay item (tip: Pete at IHillary). Note image of Cindy Sheehan on top slice.

Nobody seems to be bidding.

(Image at left)




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45 Comments:

  • But when political topics did arise, no matter what the issue, they all responded the same way: it's America's fault

    I call BS. This moron seems to think being critical of the president is the same as blaiming America. According to Theodore Roosevelt, that would make this dweeb servile, immoral, and unpatriotic.

    Speaking of Crawford, I've been hearing about the right wing thugs flipping the bird to the hold the government accountable protesters. The also were gunning their SUVs to kick gravel up into the faces of many parents of soldiers in Iraq, as well as a good number of soldiers who went to Crawford to support Cindy.

    One group of right wing thugs actually built a mock Iraqi grave to celebrate around. I guess it was also a way to mock the over 1800 crosses that represent the fallen Americans in this unjust war.

    By Blogger Dick Tuck, at 29 August, 2005 19:27  

  • So Brian, what's your take of your buddy Hewitt getting trounced by Randi Rhodes in the Pheonix market?

    Looks like Ingraham and Medved are also doing pretty badly there, compared to the Air America programs.

    By Blogger Dick Tuck, at 29 August, 2005 19:35  

  • Excuse me DickSuck,
    Can you link to the Report of "Right Wing Thugs" mistreating the Parents of Soldiers killed in Iraq? I missed that report.

    The reporter in this story cited his conversations in first person context. I will wait to read of the News accounts of the "Right Wing Thugs". A picture of the Mock Iraqi Grave and a celebrating group of "Right Wing Thugs" would surely go a long way in supporting your claims.

    Also, can you explain to me why this is an "unjust war"? I have heard this mentioned before, but no evidence or coherent arguement has ever been presented that I know of.

    By Blogger BurbankErnie, at 29 August, 2005 19:49  

  • DickSuck? Wow, another classy reactionary synchophant.

    "Also, can you explain to me why this is an "unjust war"?"

    I'm not a theologian. The late Pope John Paul II determined that it was an unjust war. Here's the pedestrian version

    By Blogger Dick Tuck, at 29 August, 2005 20:08  

  • call BS. This moron seems to think being critical of the president is the same as blaiming America

    Can you tell us where they only criticized Bush? I'd like to know how you know this.

    By Blogger Ace, at 29 August, 2005 20:15  

  • Can you tell us where they only criticized Bush? I'd like to know how you know this.

    Instead of sitting around on your duff and waiting for people like Brian to tell you what Cindy said, why not go directly to her blog and see her own words. You can also go here and listen to the various speeches given at Camp Casey.

    By Blogger Dick Tuck, at 29 August, 2005 20:47  

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    By Blogger Dick Tuck, at 29 August, 2005 20:47  

  • Let's see, who's at Camp Casey:

    American Indian Movement - Communist.

    Martin Sheen - Communist.

    Al Sharpton - Liberal Nutjob.

    Joan Baez - Communist.

    This is the best Sheehan can do?

    Cindy Sheehan - Loser.

    Tuck, stop lying.

    By Blogger Purple Raider, at 29 August, 2005 21:09  

  • Yeah right, purple. Everyone who disagrees with Bush is a communist. You sound like Joe McCarthy.

    By Blogger Dick Tuck, at 29 August, 2005 21:29  

  • dicktuck, I'm not talking about what Cindy said, I know that already, I was talking about how you know what the crowd was saying when you were not there.

    Fantastic job at avoiding my point.

    “Why do we send in invading armies to march into Afghanistan when we’re looking for a select group of people in that country?”

    “I’m going all over this country telling moms: ‘This country is not worth dying for.’ ”

    “You get America out of Iraq and Israel out of Palestine and you’ll stop the terrorism.”

    --I don't need to hear much more of this silly ignorant liberal, thank you...

    By Blogger Ace, at 29 August, 2005 21:50  

  • By Blogger Ace, at 29 August, 2005 21:55  

  • Purple

    don't forget that the neo nazi's are there too supporting Sheehan. I guess anti-Semites stick together.

    By Blogger RUMPLEMINTZ, at 29 August, 2005 22:10  

  • “I’m going all over this country telling moms: ‘This country is not worth dying for.’ ”

    In context, "this country" referred to Iraq. Her next paragraph spoke about defending the US against invasion and terrorists. Nice how you take phrases out of context to twist them.

    “You get America out of Iraq and Israel out of Palestine and you’ll stop the terrorism.”

    Another canard. This was never said by Cindy. It turns out that someone doctored an e-mail sent to Nightline. The producers exposed this hoax, but you seem intent on distortion.

    By Blogger Dick Tuck, at 29 August, 2005 22:16  

  • "don't forget that the neo nazi's are there too supporting Sheehan. I guess anti-Semites stick together"

    David Duke is still an elected Republican official. He also supported Ronald Reagan.

    Cindy Sheehan has specifically denounced him.

    Have you people no shame in your smears?

    By Blogger Dick Tuck, at 29 August, 2005 22:19  

  • Hey, Dick, I noticed you dropped your claims of a "mock Iraqi grave" real fast when someone called you on it.

    Oh, and as the infamous "this country is not worth dying for" speech, in the same speech she asserted that we may not even have been attacked by Osama bin Laden, and that 9/11 was "their" Pearl Harbor to get "their" neo-con agenda through. She asserted that her son was killed "defend[ing] this morally repugnant system we have." So if you liberals want to hitch your wagon to this particular donkey, by all means, please be my guest.

    As for what Sheehan says and why it's anathema, see here and here.

    By Blogger Voice of Reason, at 29 August, 2005 22:34  

  • Everyone had a purpose and the environment was collegial. Ruthlessly enforced were rules banning drinking and regulating behavior.

    Damn Socialists. What happen to the good old days of drugs and free love.

    Straying from the predetermined message meant an early exit from the facility. Handmade signs were monitored, less they distract from it.

    Well it seems Camp Casey has something in common with every "town hall" type appearance that George Bush's media operation organizes. Small world.

    The real question is if you righties were not so obsessed with this woman how quickly would it all go away?

    By Blogger mitchell, at 29 August, 2005 22:41  

  • "Well it seems Camp Casey has something in common with every 'town hall' type appearance that George Bush's media operation organizes. Small world."

    Are you condemning Sheehan, or approving of Bush?

    By Blogger Voice of Reason, at 29 August, 2005 22:45  

  • Seriously, have you guys done a Google news search for "Cindy Sheehan" recently? There are a lot more negative reaction stories to what is going on than glowing support pieces.

    But if you want to believe the Democratic party is going to give her the nomination in 2008 go ahead. Maybe Sharpton was out there trying to see if he could get the VP nod?

    The grilled cheese is pretty funny though.

    By Blogger mitchell, at 29 August, 2005 22:52  

  • Are you condemning Sheehan, or approving of Bush?

    I'm doing neither. Just noting a similarity.

    By Blogger mitchell, at 29 August, 2005 22:54  

  • "Seriously, have you guys done a Google news search for "Cindy Sheehan" recently? There are a lot more negative reaction stories to what is going on than glowing support pieces."

    "Number of stories" is not a particularly relevant criterion; there could be hundreds of smalltown editorial pages squawking about Sheehan while the New York Times and the Associated Press sing the Messiah's praises. Furthermore, it's not the media who will pick the Democratic nominee in 2008, it's the fruitbat lefties. You know, you guys. The ones who read Kos and Atrios and Josh Micah Marshall and post to Democratic Underground and think Juan Cole is the greatest professor ever. You're the Democratic base, and you will have unified control of the party as soon as you heed Kos's call to purge the filthy DLCers. And we know very well what you think of Cindy Sheehan.

    By the way, I never answered your original question:

    "The real question is if you righties were not so obsessed with this woman how quickly would it all go away?"

    Would Fahrenheit 9/11 have gone away without conservative attention? Because the same driving force is behind both.

    By Blogger Voice of Reason, at 29 August, 2005 23:04  

  • "David Duke is still an elected Republican official."

    This statement is false and has been for over a decade. As you're aware, anybody can run in any party's primary, and Duke was elected to a state legislative seat on the Republican ticket. The Republican party officially denounced him, and he never held any other elective office, as a Republican or otherwise.

    "Cindy Sheehan has specifically denounced him."

    Has she? You wouldn't happen to have a link by any chance, would you?

    Of course, guilt by association is a fallacy. The fact that Duke approves of her does not make her a racist. But it's interesting that neo-Nazis, racists, and former Klansman (has Sen. Byrd weighed in on this yet?) find common cause with her, and wholeheartedly agree with her denouncement of the "neo-con" conspiracy.

    By Blogger Voice of Reason, at 29 August, 2005 23:12  

  • Oh, and by the way (sorry for the comment spam), while Duke first ran for elective office as a Democrat and then as a Populist and finally as a Republican, in 2000 he denounced the Republican Party and endorsed Pat Buchanan for President on the Reform ticket. Of course, Buchanan didn't want him either.

    By Blogger Voice of Reason, at 29 August, 2005 23:14  

  • DickHead,
    Thanks for avoiding my call for proof of the allegations you made, concerning your post about "Right Wing Thugs". Of course you cannot link to or show a report of any kind to accusations from "Right Wing Thugs".

    And you take the word of the Pope to call this an unjust war. All Popes throughout history have called every war unjust.

    So Dick, why again is this an unjust war? Because the Pope says so? I take it that is your answer?

    Dick, if you post, please post facts and not hyperbole, it save time and energy from people with an honest opinion, and not Bush Derangement Syndrome. Now go and get help. Now. Please.

    By Blogger BurbankErnie, at 29 August, 2005 23:16  

  • Al Sharpton's driver appears to be "The Rev" Jarrett Maupin.

    Maupin also hosts a show on an Air America affiliate, making him the first in what will perhaps be a long line of arrests of AAR personalities.

    By Blogger LonewackoDotCom, at 29 August, 2005 23:17  

  • Dick Tuck So Brian, what's your take of your buddy Hewitt getting trounced by Randi Rhodes in the Pheonix market?

    This is the Phoenix station getting trounced by AAR? LOL. For the past year they have been within .1 of each other with one or the other ahead. Now they are .2 away from each other with KXXY (AAR) ahead. I hardly call this trouncing or “blowing by” KKNT (Conservative station. Liberals see a .1 or .2 gain as AAR increasing by leaps and bounds? It's amazing how every time a station has a .1 or .2 increase liberals use it as "proof" that AAR is doing so well.

    http://www.radioandrecords.com/RRRatings/

    ......KXXT-AAR...KKNT (cons.)
    Su 04..0.0........0.9
    Fa 04..1.0........1.0
    Wi 05..0.8........0.7
    Sp 05..1.1........1.2
    Su 05 1.2.........1.0

    By Blogger Linn, at 29 August, 2005 23:38  

  • Correction: the person arrested might be the AAR personality's father.

    By Blogger LonewackoDotCom, at 29 August, 2005 23:41  

  • hey Dickie:

    Sheen and Baez are avowed Communists, i.e. they've admitted it for at least 20 years.

    AIM is proud of their affiliation with the Communist Party.

    "You sound like Joe McCarthy."

    Gee thanks, I'll wear that badge with honor, seeing how Joe was right on about Ccmmunists infiltrating the State Department in the fifties.

    So, Dickie, you got Commies, Neo-Nazis, Anarchists and Poverty Pimps.

    Sounds like your kind of party.

    By Blogger Purple Raider, at 29 August, 2005 23:51  

  • Good journalism here.

    But I have a serious concern: Where's the coverage on the Nazi-Sheehan connection?

    By Blogger Josef, at 30 August, 2005 01:57  

  • Dick Tuck, I see you've popped your head out from the ass you had it firmly implanted in. Glad of you to join us again.

    Can you show me where Ms. Sheehan distanced herself from the Neo-Nazis or David Duke? Oh wait...you can't. Strike 1.

    On Joe McCarthy, you seem to be willing to think he was wrong all along. In reality, and history has shown this unequivocally, McCarthy was in fact correct about Communist infiltration into certain areas of industry and government.

    The problem, however, is that he was sloppy on his execution and handling of the whole matter. That is the part of McCarthy everyone remembers, even though he was correct. The 1919 Dusseldorf papers corroborate. That's Strike 2.

    The quote about America out of Iraq and Israel out of Palestine, I think Drudge has you beat. http://www.drudgereport.com/flash3cs.htm
    http://electroniciraq.net/news/2098.shtml

    Strike 3, Dicky. You're out.

    By Blogger Sailor Republica, at 30 August, 2005 05:03  

  • "This statement is false and has been for over a decade. As you're aware, anybody can run in any party's primary, and Duke was elected to a state legislative seat on the Republican ticket. The Republican party officially denounced him, and he never held any other elective office, as a Republican or otherwise."

    Damn you people like to lie. Since 1996, David Duke has been the elected Chairman of the St.Tammany Parish Republican Party. That's the largest Republican Parish in Louisianna.

    By Blogger Dick Tuck, at 30 August, 2005 07:02  

  • You people are all hopelessly hostile.

    Enjoy yourselves.

    By Blogger mitchell, at 30 August, 2005 09:20  

  • Nice going, Dick. About every one of your points has been shredded, and you choose to respond to just one of those points. And you still managed to get it wrong.

    David Duke was elected chairman of the St. Tammany Parish Republican Executive Committee in 1997. But he's not the chairman any more. The post is currently held by Barbara Doherty.

    Might I suggest that in the future you consider doing your own research rather than allowing yourself to be spoon-fed data from biased organizations? You'll end up publically humiliating yourself less often.

    By Blogger Voice of Reason, at 30 August, 2005 09:25  

  • "You people are all hopelessly hostile."

    Translation: "Man, this place isn't a liberal echo chamber... here people actually have answers to my talking points and I'm woefully unprepared to deal with that! Whatever shall I do?"

    By the way, mitchell, I did the Google News search that you asked for. In the first several pages of results I didn't find anything critical of Sheehan.

    By Blogger Voice of Reason, at 30 August, 2005 09:27  

  • dicktuck, its you who is lying.

    The person who sent that letter to Nightline said he did not alter it in any way. And she also has said:
    "It’s okay for Israel to occupy Palestine, but it’s – yeah – and it’s okay for Iraq to occupy – I mean, for the United States to occupy Iraq, but it’s not okay for Syria to be in Lebanon. They’re a bunch of fucking hypocrites!"

    Further, she she also denounced the idea that soldiers should
    "defend this morally repugnant system we have."

    --But I'm quite sure nightline "doctored" here quotes.

    Also, again, avoid the point that Nazi groups have rallied to her side by saying David Duke is a Republican. So? The national party has officially rebuked him, and nazi groups are supporting her cause.

    I'd also like to see a reference to your claim about him being an elected R since 1996, considering he was in jail for 15 months.
    AND HE IS NOT LISTED ANYWHERE ON THEIR WEB SITE YOU FUCKING LIAR

    Looks like you go egg on your face with that silly "blow by in Phoenix" claim as well.

    By Blogger Ace, at 30 August, 2005 09:41  

  • Phoenix: I don't think the point is whether or not the AA station "blew by" the conservative talker or not. Instead, the very fact that it is matching/exceeding the conservative talker is evidence that liberal talk radio can succeed (despite the countless comments on this blog that the genre is doomed to failure).

    By Blogger Justin, at 30 August, 2005 10:51  

  • I fear I may have missed out on the conservative pundit money-making scam so I was wondering if I could conduct a little market research.

    First of all, a name for my blog...
    What do you wing-nuts think of "Krusty Konservative Korn-Flakes"? Or "Lies, Slime and Bigger Tree"? What about "GOP Bitches do PNAC"?

    Also, what would you wackos like to see on a new wing-nut blog? Cindi Sheehan in bed with Nazis? All muslims are terrorists? All liberals are communists? Al Franken is a crime boss? Please let me know anything else you would like to see.

    Finally, what would you wing-nuts like to see in a book? Any suggestions on how to get these ideas taken seriously by the MSM? How to get the book published?

    Thanks.

    By Blogger HeadHunter, at 30 August, 2005 10:56  

  • Very nice Phil. You can't use facts to refute what conservatives have said here so you use attacks and slime. Typical.

    Justin said...
    Phoenix: I don't think the point is whether or not the AA station "blew by" the conservative talker or not. Instead, the very fact that it is matching/exceeding the conservative talker is evidence that liberal talk radio can succeed (despite the countless comments on this blog that the genre is doomed to failure).


    No Justin. Dick Tuck specifically said "blew by (the conservative radio station)" and "trounced by AAR". He was crowing about how AAR was doing so much better than the conservative station. Besides, staying within .1 or .2 in several markets doesn't mean that it has a long future, especially if it can't pay its bills.

    Nice try at changing the subject though.

    By Blogger Linn, at 30 August, 2005 11:51  

  • Justin: Why does that sound suspiciously like, "If you'd have told us a year ago that we'd have finished third in Iowa..."?

    Phil: I recommend "Tired Unoriginal Lefty Has Nothing To Say".

    By Blogger Voice of Reason, at 30 August, 2005 11:53  

  • Linn,

    I'm not changing the subject, but rather trying to keep it on point. These blog strings often get too bogged down in specific phrases (i.e. unable to see the forest for the trees).

    I'm not suggesting that AAR is a massive success or about to overtake conservative talk. However, its recent ratings in markets like Miami and Phoenix do show that liberal talk is a viable niche.

    As for the "placing third in Iowa" comment... I don't think it applies. Primaries/campaigns are about one winner and a lot of losers. Radio can have multiple winners (dozens in fact) within the same market. Apples and oranges.

    By Blogger Justin, at 30 August, 2005 14:08  

  • Your "infiltrator" must have been in some alternate universe when making this report. I was at Camp Casey II, where the media representatives included CNN, HDN and NBC, among others. Few of the folks I saw belonged to any organized group. Most were just like me, a regular old non-descript middle class working parent who showed up because I too have questions. Not one person ever said "It's America's fault", and Sheehan never even implied that all bad things are America's fault. This is contrary to the hatefulness I observed elsewhere and which was demonstrated for no reason whatsoever. In fact, leaving the camp, I personally encountered one yahoo who drove at our van from the wrong side of the road, then swerved back into his lane and shot the finger at us. Nice. Apparently he forgot that living in America means having the freedom to disagree with others.

    By Blogger Ann, at 30 August, 2005 14:13  

  • FreeRepublic and some other boards have a transcript of an NPR interview with Cindy (via Rush)...you mean
    Casey wasn't kidnapped by the Army in the dead of night, ma'am? He chose to enlist and re-enlist of his own free will?

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1473557/posts

    By Blogger raccoonradio, at 30 August, 2005 15:04  

  • Great logic there Nelson. If a person volunteers to serve, a civilian leader should be able to send them to kill and be killed using a pack of lies.

    I see you really support the troops with that gem.

    By Blogger Dick Tuck, at 31 August, 2005 01:56  

  • This is not anywhere near as important as New Orleans, Gulfport, Biloxi, of course.

    Why has no one noticed that Cindy called NPR's Talk of the Nation host Neal Conan a "dick" during her NPR interview? It's there at 4:50, clear as a bell.

    Details:

    http://engrm.com/blogometer/2005/08/31/this-guys-a-dick.html

    Listen to it. Can you hear it?

    By Blogger Alan Gutierrez, at 31 August, 2005 10:37  

  • "Great logic there Nelson. If a person volunteers to serve, a civilian leader should be able to send them to kill and be killed using a pack of lies."

    Objection, begging the question.

    You silly liberals and your "pack of lies" comments. It's a pity vaudeville is dead.

    By Blogger Voice of Reason, at 31 August, 2005 11:41  

  • Great post, Mr. Tuck... Glad you're using the Pope as the foundation for your claims about the war. He must be your strong moral compasss...

    I take it you also fully his statements about homosexuality, premarital sex, substance abuse, communism, socialism, same sex marriages, and a whole slew of other liberal causes?

    Good to know you're coming around to the RIGHT side...

    By Blogger Rooster Dan, at 31 August, 2005 18:55  

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