Sheehan Media Update
Here's an interesting piece from today's Nexis search of Cindy Sheehan hits, from Japan's biggest MSM, the Asahi Shimbun:
BUSH'S WAR IN IRAQ: THE MOMENT HAS COME TO DECIDE WHETHER TO WITHDRAW (translated from the Japanese-language Asahi Shimbun's editorial published Aug. 26)The last line, of course, is simply made up -- but how would the Japanese who read this paper ever know that? Sheehan is indeed having great success in her primary objective: demeaning America.
''Why did my son have to die?'' This simple question from a bereaved mother of an American soldier killed in Iraq is fueling growing war-weariness across the United States.
Already, three weeks have passed since the mother, Cindy Sheehan, 48, set up camp near President George W. Bush's ranch in Crawford, Texas, where he is spending his summer vacation.
Last April, Sheehan lost her son, a 24-year-old army specialist, in Iraq. Since early August, she has been asking to meet the president in person and calling for U.S. troops to be withdrawn from Iraq.
Once the national media started covering the story, Sheehan began picking up supporters who pitched tents alongside hers.
Waves of anti-war demonstrations have spread across the country.
Aug. 29: 186 hits
Aug. 28: 132 hits
Aug. 27: 96 hits
Aug. 26: 183 hits
Aug. 25: 220 hits
Aug. 24: 208 hits (She's back)
Aug. 23: 249 hits
Aug. 22: 202 hits
Aug. 21: 120 hits
Aug. 20: 103 hits
Aug. 19: 232 hits
Aug. 18: 306 hits
Aug. 17: 295 hits (Off to California)
Aug. 16: 215 hits
Aug. 15: 136 hits
Aug. 14: 93 hits
Aug. 13: 107 hits
Aug. 12: 167 hits
Aug. 11: 113 hits
Aug. 10: 46 hits
Aug. 09: 32 hits
Aug. 08: 36 hits
Aug. 07: 39 hits
Aug. 06: 7 hits (6 AP, 1 CBS, natch)
Aug. 05: 3 hits (all Dallas Morning News, pre-arrival)
Aug. 04: 0 hits
And here's an update in the Sheehan/Roberts comparo:
Note: Nexis does not provide a complete count. Video Monitoring Service had tracked over 20,000 Sheehan mentionsby Aug. 17. Nexis is, however, a good indicator of how heaviliy the media is covering a story, and it focuses more on larger papers and network shows that more people read and view. CBS News hits deleted from Sheehan/Roberts count because they mention correspondent John Roberts, not the Supreme Court nominee.