August 30, 2005


First Read (Elizabeth Wilner, Mark Murray and Huma Zaidi, 8/30/05, MSNBC)

Cindy Sheehan had an odd, little-noticed interview yesterday morning on NPR's Talk of the Nation. When asked about her earlier meeting with President Bush, she said, "Do we have to talk about this?... I have two minutes..." Hearing Sheehan say she had "two minutes," the interviewer noted that "we thought we had more time with you today." Sheehan responded, "Hello? I didn't hear your question?" And then said shortly afterward: "I have to go now, thank you." After she hung up, the interviewer explained to listeners that Talk of the Nation had arranged to speak with Sheehan for the whole hour, and he apologized for the interview being cut short.

She had to go help David Duke get a grass stain out of his hood....

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 30, 2005 10:01 AM

Who'da thought that NPR would throw her a hardball? I truly question their commitment to the Revolution.

Posted by: Robert Duquette at August 30, 2005 10:07 AM

Yeah right hardball, like the one Roger Mudd threw Ted Kennedy. "why do you want to be President".

Posted by: h-man at August 30, 2005 10:20 AM

When you are used to (and expect) tee-ball, any kind of pitch at all is quite disconcerting. Teddy found out, and so did Cindy. Remember the interviews Clinton stormed out on (admittedly, after he left the White House)?

Posted by: jim hamlen at August 30, 2005 10:28 AM

The media are beginning to realize that Cindy Sheehan is the Sargeant William Schumann of the protest movement.

Posted by: at August 30, 2005 10:56 AM

"I have two minutes"

Shame on NPR for being greedy. She only had 15 to start with.

Posted by: AC at August 30, 2005 12:19 PM

Wanna bet that when Cindy couldn't hear the question it was b/c one of her pr flacks was hissing in her ear "end the interview."

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at August 30, 2005 12:21 PM



Posted by: oj at August 30, 2005 12:28 PM

Right before she says "I have 2 minutes," you can hear someone in the background say "This guy's a dick" if you listen closely.

Posted by: DG at August 30, 2005 2:16 PM

I scrolled down from the top and didn't see this posted until now, after posting a comment on the above thread about Cindy and Ms. Estrich's column.

The segements from the NPR interview I heard this morning on Laura Ingram's show were hysterical, especially the hang-up, after it was clear Cindy was going to be asked about some of the controversal statements she has made to her true believer's, as opposed to the baby-doll voiced Sheehan grieving for her child that has been front and center at the big media outlets

Posted by: John at August 30, 2005 2:34 PM

John -

But it was still such a softball interview anyway - the interviewer was practically kissing her feet. After being asked why her son joined the service her answer was "because the recruiter lied to him". The logical follow-up question from any decent reporter is of course, "then why did he re-enlist?" But it never came.

Posted by: Shelton at August 30, 2005 3:21 PM

I agree, Shelton, but that's what made it so funny. Sheehan has become so used to being cocooned inside the zone of softball questions, that she couldn't even deal with the mildest confrontation with an NPR host, who obviously was hoping she and her handlers had prepared at the very least least some half-hearted explanation that would satisfy the bulk of the NPR target audience and many at the big media outlets, if not Cindy's main critics.

But apparently, Sheehan has been trained like a Pavlovian dog to offer up rote reactions to certain stimuli. More hostile questioners did probe her in the early going of this story about the contradictions and anti-Israeli statements before the secure zone around her was fully in place, and her handlers have obviously decided it's best that she no longer even try to answer those questions, even if it's from a sympathetic interviwer. In that world, if the key words are uttered, an NPR question is no better than one from Fox News to Cindy, and in this case she immediately began to disengage from the interview.

Posted by: John at August 30, 2005 3:49 PM

Shelton: "But it was still such a softball interview anyway - the interviewer was practically kissing her feet."

I've often thought that Neal Conan is a closet conservative. E.g. he pointed out that not all parents of soldiers agree with Mrs. Sheehan about "this illegal, immoral war", and pushed her to describe her meeting with Bush when she wanted to plug her next gig.

Posted by: Bill Woods at August 31, 2005 12:42 AM