You know — and we don’t often say such things — following this Code Pink dealo has been like going down the freaking rabbit hole.
It’s important to note somewhere that right-wing rhetoric has gotten more snarly and bloodthirsty over the past few weeks, especially about the rapturous prospect of a really stupid and destructive attack on Iran, and about the need to repress the treasonous, murdering saboteurs (i.e. people like us) who are sapping America’s strength with their vile and cowardly lies, and so forth. This might be as good a place as any to make that observation in plain words — rather than contextually, as with the earlier posts down the page.
Still, it’s surprising even now how shoddy their crap is, but how tenacious even the flimsiest bit of misinformation can be when people want very badly to believe it. Here’s snooper, the same guy from the Gathering of Eagles comments, using the Code Pink Photoshop on his own site:
And, so, true Patriots, the ones that have performed their duties to dig out the truth of these pathetic excuses of “troop supporters”, will expose and confront them all and, we shall overcome.
Are these “patriots” and do they really “support the troops”? I think not. They are the enemies within.
These Code Pink Skanks do NOT support the troops. They support our enemies that are doing just what the banner depicts.
Where is the outrage on Capital Hill over this banner? No, by choice, others are superior over others and others are inferior. Plain and simple. The women in the photo above are inferior to all that is decent by American Standards regardless of the attempts of such cretins trying to redefine those same standards.
Muahaha, and thus we will crush and expose the traitors who are inferior to us, for we are American Standards, bwaha.
When somebody pointed out that the picture wasn’t real, snooper replied:
Dear ass hole…I was there in DC with the Gathering of Eagles and Vets For Freedom. I saw the damn thing myself.
Try again ass hole.
Prove it wasn’t moron.
I was there and hundreds of us saw it.
No matter how your kind try to spin it, you have showed your true colors…YELLOW.
Have a nice day. Your above post is the last.
Have fun in your slippery slope into the Abyss of Obscurity.
Welp, okay. Here’s a statement (also from yesterday) from the guy at the Two Malcontents blog who Photoshopped the banner, although he also seems to have something of a problem in remembering things that don’t exist:
I created the graphic and those exact words are from Code Pink’s website. That is Medea Benjamin and other Code Pinko’s in the graphic. Under the graphic I did have a disclaimer saying that though the words are from Code Pink, I altered their original banner. I also provided a link to those exact words. However, that was over a year ago so my mistake to not continually add the disclaimer. Sorry for any confusion.
So much for the hundreds of people in the Gathering of Eagles who saw the banner with their own eyes. But did Code Pink actually say “We support the murder of the American troops?” Naturally, this seems a bit unlikely, and a look at the original post shows that, nope, he never attributed those words to Code Pink at all, and he never linked to their website, and in fact it all seems like a giant fib, because here’s all it says:
(The watermarks on the pic were apparently added later.) If you’re having trouble following this, it gets weirder. Beth* of the big right-wing blog BlueStarChronicles came wandering through again, and somehow managed to interpret the whole thing like this:
There’s a debate going on at a sad little leftist blog about the difference between Dan Rather’s ‘fake but accurate’ news and the ‘fake but accurate’ photoshop below. Talk about parsing words, they are downright Clintonesque …. it depends on what the meaning of ‘is’ is.
Well, we can see how it might be confusing. Let us rephrase: The picture “is” Photoshopped.
Beth then takes the opportunity to repeat a particularly vicious lie about Code Pink:
After all, [Code Pink] gave $650,000 to the terrorists fighting our soldiers thereby providing material aid and comfort to our enemies …. so yes, they do support those who are killing our Soldiers. They are probably wishing they had thought to write that on the banner themselves.
Now where did that come from? Good cripes, we’re back to the Two Malcontents guys again:
During the last week of December 2004, Benjamin announced in Amman, Jordan that Global Exchange, Code Pink, and Families for Peace would be donating a combined $600,000 in medical supplies and cash to the terrorist insurgents who were fighting American troops in Fallujah, Iraq. This news was reported by Agence France Press but was picked up by only two small news outlets. In an article dated January 1, 2005, the leftist online publication Peace and Resistance reported that Rep. Henry Waxman (D – California) had written a letter addressed to the American ambassador in Amman, Jordan to help facilitate the transport of this aid through Customs. Fernando Suarez Del Solar – an antiwar activist whose son, a 20-year-old Marine, was killed in Iraq on March 27, 2003 – carried Waxman’s letter.
He was accompanied on the trip by other family members of soldiers who had been killed in Iraq, as well as relatives of victims who had been killed in the 9/11 attacks. Said Benjamin, “I don’t know of any other case in history in which the parents of fallen soldiers collected medicine . . . for the families of the ‘other side.’ It is a reflection of a growing movement in the United States . . . opposed to the unjust nature of this war. This is the positive face of the American people which we would like to show . . . so that we are not looked at with animosity but with love. Our hearts go out to the people of Fallujah and to all the Iraqi people.”
This text isn’t labeled well, but it comes from David Horowitz’s hilariously paranoid DiscoverTheNetwork(s) site (more about Horowitz in Part II). Unmentioned and carefully avoided are the facts that the donation was to aid civilian refugees of Fallujah and that other sponsors included Disney, Warner Brothers, Target, Ernst & Young, and Honeywell.
In other words, the claim that Code Pink donated $600,000 to terrorists “is” a lie.
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* The right-bloggers Darleen, Beth, and LindaSog came over at about the same time, and I got them mixed up. We’re talking about Beth here.