Claim: Activist Cindy Sheehan’s other son was killed while working to shore up a levee in New Orleans.
Example: [The Onion, 2005]
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Bush Braces As Cindy Sheehan’s Other Son Drowns In New Orleans
WASHINGTON, DC — According to White House sources, President Bush is bracing for intensified criticism following Monday’s report that the body of Tyler Sheehan, son of outspoken anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan, was recovered from the receding floodwaters in New Orleans.
Although the White House has not released a statement, a firestorm of controversy is expected to follow the death of the dynamic, well-liked young man, who was working on a levee-upkeep crew while completing the EMT-certification training he needed to become a firefighter.
[Rest of article here.]
Origins: Given that activist Cindy Sheehan‘s very public criticism of U.S. military involvement in Iraq was one of the major political issues occupying the news media immediately before Hurricane Katrina stuck the Gulf Coast (she had just completed a
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A 21 September 2005 article in The Onion, a satirical publication, makes such a link under the headline “Bush Braces As Cindy Sheehan’s Other Son Drowns In New Orleans.” The fictitious spoof describes
Evidently (as it often does), the Onion‘s satire hit close enough to home that many readers who have received the piece as an out-of-context
Last updated: 21 September 2005