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Cindy Sheehan Talks To FOX News

Reported by Deborah - February 25, 2006

Julie Banderas interviewed Cindy Sheehan on Big Story Weekend today. In a tease for the interview earlier in the show, Banderas said, "From President Bush's ranch to Washington to Venezeula..." giving a hint to where she was planning to take her questions. Sure enough, at the start of the segment a shot of Sheehan and Chavez was shown and Banderas wasted little time shifting the focus from Sheehan's message about the devastation in the Gulf States. 2/25/06

Cindy Sheehan wanted to talk about a march sponsored by the Veterans For Peace to draw attention to the devastation in the Gulf States and the suffering of the residents anxious to return to their homes. Sheehan said that the march would begin on March 13th and end on March 19th on the 3rd anniversary of the invasion and occupation of Iraq.

As soon as Sheehan mentioned Iraq, Banderas was on her and the energy changed. She stridently confronted Sheehan asking, "What do you say to the people who say that you're taking advantage of that loss to make a political point?"

Sheehan remained calm and tried to return focus to the people she was trying to help. She explained that the people in the Gulf States need our help and just want to return to their homes adding that there are thousands of empty trailers that could be used. Sheehan was concerned that the American people had forgotten about the suffering of the Katrina victims.

Banderas got defensive reminding Sheehan of the billions of dollars that has already been sent down to the region.
Sheehan was firm saying that the people should be allowed to return to their homes no matter what the cost.

At this point Banderas was ready to rumble and asked Sheehan about Hugo Chavez.
"What do you say to the people who are concerned about your work with Hugo Chavez in Venezeula? He certainly doesn't have America's rights on his mind."

Sheehan quickly corrected Banderas telling her that she has never worked with Hugo Chavez and she was in Venezuela with thousands of people for The World Social Forum. "We talked about forging bonds between our countries that wouldn't involve violence. I am adamantly against violence."

Now Banderas got very snippy but Sheehan was brave as always.

JB: Hugo Chavez habitually detains and tortures people. Were you treated the same way when you were outside the Crawford Ranch protesting the war?

CS: Our government detains and tortures. Our government commits human rights violations. I call on all governments to treat people humanely.

The interview was most definitely over after that statement. Banderas failed in her attempt to make Sheehan look like a dangerous radical. In fact, Banderas was the one that appeared to be brimming over with hate while Sheehan's humanity and compassion was clearly evident.

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