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Yahoo! Keeps Trying to Make Akin Face of GOP

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:43 am - January 12, 2013.
Filed under: Media Bias

How else to explain this headline:

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  1. Story’s everywhere, Dan. Don’t really understand your personal vendetta against Yahoo, the primary source of news for hardly anyone.

    Comment by Evan — January 12, 2013 @ 4:45 am - January 12, 2013

  2. That some Republicans need to stop putting their feet in their mouths while doing a better job of explaining their positions? How stupid is Gingrey to make a comment like this knowing how it will be reported?

    Comment by JohnAGJ — January 12, 2013 @ 9:27 am - January 12, 2013

  3. Evan, please note how Yahoo! headlined it, writing, “Republican” as if Mr. Gingrey were representative of the entire party.

    Yeah, Mr. Gingrey made a dumb comment, but Democrats make dumb comments all the time that don’t attract this degree of scrutiny, in fact, that don’t attract any scrutiny.

    My point here is about media bias, the prominence they give to a story has no relevance to the nation’s current problems–and how they make it appear that Mr. Gingrey’s is a standard Republican position.

    Comment by B. Daniel Blatt — January 12, 2013 @ 10:30 am - January 12, 2013

  4. The answer: Rape is an issue because the Obama Party base, such as the Occupy movement, consider rape a legitimate sexual activity — and Obama supporters actually claim that black men will rape women as a means of punishing them for disobeying Obama.

    Abortions due to rape will become unnecessary when Obama supporters condemn rape and rapists. So if Obama and the Obama Party want to reduce the number of abortions due to rape, they should stop supporting and start punishing rapists.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — January 12, 2013 @ 11:47 am - January 12, 2013

  5. Imagine if the MFM highlighted all the idiotic statements of Harry Reid (“Katrina was nothing compared to Sandy” “Obama speaks without a negro accent”) or Nancy Pelosi. Perhaps Evan would care to explain why they don’t.

    Comment by V the K — January 12, 2013 @ 11:56 am - January 12, 2013

  6. Former Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.) questioned why Gingrey was talking about the months-old comment in the first place.
    “There’s no way to defend what Todd Akin said,” Bono Mack said. “You just can’t do it and you shouldn’t try to put it into a scientific context. It was a bad statement. And to try to defend it or explain someone else’s poor choice of words, it would be a fool’s errand.”

    Read more:

    Comment by rusty — January 12, 2013 @ 12:09 pm - January 12, 2013

  7. Any leftists care to link to an article about how many abortions you’re precious Planned Parenthood performed last year? Or you could just look up the definition of Hypocrisy.

    Comment by Lobogris — January 12, 2013 @ 12:47 pm - January 12, 2013

  8. Honestly pro life republicans need to refuse to answer any questions from the media on abortion. Instead they should pull the Newt Gingrich method and turn all abortion questions back on the media and ask them about abortion.

    Comment by Just Me — January 12, 2013 @ 1:06 pm - January 12, 2013

  9. I really would have been interested to see the question turned around, “Do children who were born as the result of rape deserve to be treated as sub-human?” I mean, we know rusty and Levi think they do, but it would be interesting to see normal libs confronted with their hate.

    Comment by V the K — January 12, 2013 @ 1:36 pm - January 12, 2013

  10. In 1973, the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released the following statement regarding abortion, which is still applicable today:

    “The Church opposes abortion and counsels its members not to submit to or perform an abortion except in the rare cases where, in the opinion of competent medical counsel, the life or good health of the mother is seriously endangered or where the pregnancy was caused by rape and produces serious emotional trauma in the mother. Even then it should be done only after counseling with the local presiding priesthood authority and after receiving divine confirmation through prayer.”

    Comment by rusty — January 12, 2013 @ 1:57 pm - January 12, 2013

  11. in the attempt to limit and even make abortion illegal leaves open several important loose ends — three major ones with this “human life amendment concept”: 1) Whether the GOP wants to see women jailed if they self-abort or what to what extent they are complicit in the act 2) Whether the GOP favors a national registry of pregnant women to enforce such a law 3) if the GOP would favor outlawing all abortifacient contraception.

    That is why the GOP will never move forward on this concept …the debate over these “loose ends” would be DEVASTATING!

    We at Republicans For Choice offered the following language which appears at the top of the section for the Abortion Plank which in effect nullifies the effect:

    ” The Republican Party includes Americans from every faith and tradition, and our policies and positions respect the right of every American to follow his or her beliefs and underscore our reverence for the religious freedom envisioned by the Founding Fathers of our nation and of our Party.”

    If you follow that tenet then ALL religions that allow for abortion also allow that the GOP would respect their right to that right which includes most major religions in the US with the exception of the Roman Catholic Church and most of the Southern Baptists. Other than that, most mainstream religions, including the Jewish faith and most other Protestant denominations, hold that the woman should have the right to choose.

    Comment by rusty — January 12, 2013 @ 2:00 pm - January 12, 2013


    Comment by rusty — January 12, 2013 @ 2:01 pm - January 12, 2013

  13. Ryan picks up where he left off
    By Steve Benen – Thu Jan 10, 2013 11:30 AM EST

    But for those more familiar with his record, Ryan is, and has always been, a fierce culture warrior.

    In recent years, Ryan fought against contraception access; he worked with Todd Akin to redefine rape; he said the government should force women impregnated by rape or incest to carry their pregnancies to term; he co-sponsored a “Personhood” measure that would ban in-vitro fertilization and some forms of birth control; and he twice voted for a constitutional amendment to prevent marriage equality.

    As the new Congress gets underway, the far-right Wisconsinite appears to be picking up where he left off.

    Despite the deep unpopularity of fetal personhood bills in 2012, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has again decided to cosponsor the Sanctity of Human Life Act, a bill that gives full legal rights to human zygotes from the moment of fertilization.

    Ryan, who reportedly has 2016 presidential ambitions, had to de-emphasize his opposition to abortion without exceptions during the 2012 election to align his position with presidential candidate Mitt Romney. But this year, Ryan has been tapped as a keynote speaker for the anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List’s sixth annual Campaign for Life Gala, and he is re-upping his support for the most extreme anti-abortion legislation in the country.

    As was the case in the last Congress, the “Sanctity of Human Life Act” has no realistic chance of becoming law at any point in the next four years, but that obviously didn’t dissuade Ryan, who wants to be on record backing the extreme proposal anyway.

    Comment by rusty — January 12, 2013 @ 2:05 pm - January 12, 2013

  14. And this is for you V. . .

    Comment by rusty — January 12, 2013 @ 2:11 pm - January 12, 2013

  15. Which means, V the K, the answer is yes; the Obama Abortion Party thinks children resulting from rape are subhuman.

    Indeed, the Obama Abortion Party thinks all children are subhuman creatures, parasites, “tissue”, and whatnot, to be removed whenever inconvenient.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — January 12, 2013 @ 7:44 pm - January 12, 2013

  16. Now, let’s look specifically at the lies and smears rusty is trying to fling from Steve Benen, who everyone should also know works for the most biased and bigoted network.

    In recent years, Ryan fought against contraception access; he worked with Todd Akin to redefine rape; he said the government should force women impregnated by rape or incest to carry their pregnancies to term; he co-sponsored a “Personhood” measure that would ban in-vitro fertilization and some forms of birth control; and he twice voted for a constitutional amendment to prevent marriage equality.

    Well, let’s start with the “in-vitro” claim.

    UltraViolet has a point that the bill Ryan backed could significantly alter the way in vitro fertilization is practiced. However, the group exaggerates when it says the bill in question would “outlaw in vitro fertilization.” The bill doesn’t outlaw the procedure directly — whatever impact it has would likely require action by states, which many states may be unwilling to undertake. And while the bill likely outlaws specific practices that have historically been considered important for practicing in vitro fertilization, it would not ban the procedure itself. On balance, we rate the claim Half True.

    So the Obama Party and its propagandist Steve Benen lied to smear Ryan.

    Same as for “redefining rape” — and which also ignores that Maddow/Benen supported and endorsed the lies of Obama supporter Crystal Mangum and Obama Party leader Mike Nifong in their attempt to get innocent Duke lacrosse players prosecuted and imprisoned for rape.

    The reason liberals scream “rape” is simple; it obscures the fact that abortions would not be necessary if promiscuous liberals actually wore condoms. But as we saw with the HIV epidemic, liberals and liberal-supporting groups overwhelmingly refuse to act responsibly, refuse to use condoms, and demand that others pay their price for their promiscuity.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — January 12, 2013 @ 8:00 pm - January 12, 2013

  17. But, NDT, isn’t it worth butchering a child if the sex feels better?

    Comment by V the K — January 12, 2013 @ 8:54 pm - January 12, 2013

  18. #16 There’s always the option, and only 100% guaranteed way to avoid pregnancy, of abstaining until married and financially secure. *gasp* Though I don’t understand why a child would be unwanted, there are always ways to work things out even from an unexpected pregancy, there is adoption which would be an act of love if you were unable to care for the child, there is family and friend support, and there is the love toward and from the child while you are raising him or her…I wonder, though, if love is even on the Progressives’ radar screens. Narcissism, as the psychs define it, has no love in it, not even self love, and when I see Progressives I see nasty narcissists who hate themselves and hate everyone else.

    Comment by Paul — January 13, 2013 @ 12:06 am - January 13, 2013

  19. Meanwhile, Republican Establishment declares war on Republican voters.

    Comment by V the K — January 13, 2013 @ 10:45 am - January 13, 2013

  20. I’m less worried about who the “face of the GOP” is right now. Akin is hardly worse than the pastel hued buffoon Boehner who as far as I’m concerned is the current, very accurate face of the party. What dedicated conservatives need to actively mold is the face of what is called Tea Party. I think we are still susceptible to the wrong elements in the GOP who in reality are part of the entrenched problem but decide to cozy up to the T-P for their own benefit.

    Akin was a product of the establishment but unfortunately T-P needs to own his fellow “Rape OK” guy, Richard Mourdock. We expended too much energy on candidates like him as well as the Michelle Bachmann sideshow and faux Tea Partiers like Marco Rubio and Scott Brown. We need to be fielding many, many credible candidates like Ted Cruz and Alan West to have a hope of diminishing the power of the Obamabots/Liberal GOP alliance…. and believe me Boehner and McConnell and Kantor are absolutely in league with the Liberals… the ones who are at least honest enough to have “D”s after their names.

    Comment by PopArt — January 13, 2013 @ 1:19 pm - January 13, 2013

  21. Harry Reid’s Senile Dementia becomes ever harder for the MFM to hide.

    Comment by V the K — January 13, 2013 @ 6:03 pm - January 13, 2013

  22. What you see happening here with Aiken is an attempt to grab someone as a “caricature” of Republicans and present that person as the mainstream. This gives people the impression that all Republicans are like Aiken and if they are not like Aiken, then they must be Democrats!

    Imagine if Lyndon LaRouche were held up to be the prototypical Democrat. It isn’t “Yahoo” so much as it is generally the combined publishers of the media outlets who have an interest in pushing the Democrat agenda.

    Comment by crosspatch — January 13, 2013 @ 7:17 pm - January 13, 2013

  23. You now visiting Yahoo! only gets them hits, increases their ad revenue and therefore affirms this kind of “journalism,” right? I think it’s time we take the apt stake of ignoring these outlets. That’s the only way they go away is if and when people stop viewing them…

    Comment by Tim in MT — January 14, 2013 @ 6:09 pm - January 14, 2013

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