WashPost, NY Times Gleeful Over GOP Congressman’s ‘Akin Moment’
posted at 6/13/2013 3:50 PM EDT
Liberals’ obsession with the worn-out GOP “war on women” meme entered a new phase on June 13 following comments made by Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.). During a committee hearing in which the congressman introduced legislation that would ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, Mr. Franks claimed that:
Before, when my friends on the left side of the aisle here tried to make rape and incest the subject – because, you know, the incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low.
Even after Mr. Franks clarified his statement that “he meant it was rare for rape victims to seek abortions so late in their pregnancies” the Post and Times subsequently had a field day with the congressman’s comments. The Post used the entire second page of its June 13 paper to cover the comments, comparing them to comments made during the 2012 election by Republicans Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock.
In an 18-paragraph piece, the Times’ Jeremy Peters described how:
That prompted an outcry from Democrats on the committee and liberal commentators online, who quickly seized on the remark as an example of Republican insensitivities to women’s issues.
He followed that up by commenting that:
House Democrats and abortions rights proponents seemed to relish the opportunity to once again portray conservatives as anti-woman, anti-science and bent on wasting time on another measure that stands no chance of becoming law.
As if that weren’t enough, two consecutive articles on the second page of The Washington Post made sure to remind readers that:
Democrats on the committee pointed to similar remarks by then-Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) during Akin’s 2012 run for the Senate. Akin suggested that the female body can prevent pregnancy after a “legitimate rape.”
The decision by the Post and Times to exploit his comments by creating a larger narrative about overall GOP politics is disingenuous and shows they are less objective journalists than shills for the Democratic Party.
Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/jeffrey-meyer/2013/06/13/washpost-ny-times-gleeful-over-gop-congressman-s-akin-moment#ixzz2W7x8Taia
If liberals claim abortion should be rare, and claim they support Roe v Wade, which limited Constitutional protection for abortions to the first trimester, why do they not support a ban on abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy? Leaving the decision to the woman and her doctor means the child can be killed, Gosnell-style.
Liberals often claim moderation on the abortion issue, but never seem to support anything but abortion on demand, thru the 9th month, paid for by taxpayers.......