The Oregonian today continues in its singleminded support for the Democrats and John Kerry. In their latest piece of campaign propaganda they interview Fred Faveluke, a protester with the Portland Peaceful Response Coalition.
…Faveluke said he was impressed by the seriousness and maturity of the demonstrators who sought on the eve of the Republican convention to show the depth of opposition to the war in Iraq.
They portray him a a level headed family guy who took vacation from his job to take part in the RNC protest.
First of all, why the emphasis on the demonstrators instead of the convention? The DNC coverage was light on protests and heavy on admiring remarks from whoever the reporters could find. But that was then and this is now. The news media is acting as an amplifier for the Kerry campaigns rhetoric and a fierce defender of their candidate.
The Oregonian wasted no time in using dirt fed to them by the Kerry campaign to punish one of the Swiftboat Veterans, but don’t expect that level of examination of Kerry supporters.
Mr. Faveluke Is a member of, and as he says, “has frequently participated in demonstrations sponsored by the Portland Peaceful Response Coalition.”
Portland Peaceful Response Coalition’s position on 9/11 was that the attacks were America’s own fault and they came out against taking any action against Afghanistan. Evidently they saw no problem with Osama having refuge there. But now times are different, there is a different war to be against, the Iraq War.
Now he sees Iraq as being a distraction.
Faveluke argued that the invasion of Iraq was a distraction from the real war on terrorism, which he said should involve a more committed effort to dismantle al-Qaida and catch the group’s leader, Osama bin Laden.
“Bush says he doesn’t care about bin Laden,” said Faveluke, referring to how he said the president no longer makes many references to the hunt for the al-Qaida leader. “But I’ll tell you, in this city, 10 million people do.”
How do you like that? He’s gone from protesting against going after bin Laden, to protesting that this war is a distraction from the war that he was previously protesting against.
Now that’s a position that you can get behind.
The Oregonian, of course will not go into this. Neither will they go into Portland Peaceful Response Coalition’s support of the right of Palestinian suicide bombers to kill as many Israeli women, children and elderly as they can.
That would not present them in the mature, serious, level-headed light that the paper wants them to be seen in. The truth is that Mr. Faveluke is a leftist nutcase, as are most of the demonstrators in NY. Mr. Faveluke is unusual only in the sense that he actually has a job, but that’s about it.
The New York Sun did a survey of the protesters and found this.
[O]f 253 protesters who took part in the United for Peace and Justice march found that 76% plan to vote for Senator Kerry in November’s presidential election.
The poll found that 59% of the protesters interviewed live in New York City, while an additional 21% reside in the tri-state area. Of those marching who were surveyed, 52% said they agreed with the statement that “America is overall a negative force in the world.” Moreover, 67% said they agreed with the statement that “Iraqi attacks on American troops occupying Iraq are legitimate resistance.”
Half of those polled answered yes when asked if the United States should cut off military aid to Israel. United for Peace and Justice provided marchers with blue-and-white signs reading, “Occupation: Wrong in Iraq, Wrong in Palestine. End U.S. Support for Israel’s Occupation.”
Of those surveyed, 62% said they opposed the American war in Afghanistan in 2001,and 58% said they agreed with the claim that “a few neoconservatives like Paul Wolfowitz and Richard Perle who have close ties to Israel’s Likud party manipulated America into going to war in Iraq.”
It sounds like whacked out leftists to me.