Mar 24, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 27 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
Liberal media bias is such a fact of life The Scrapbook can’t get exercised about it every day. But there are two subjects in the news a lot in which the fourth estate’s inability to play fair is never less than appalling: Senator Ted Cruz and abortion. Last week, the Associated Press tried to cover both at the same time, and the results were spectacular. Here is the opening paragraph of Philip Elliott’s dispatch:
Calling their opponents Satan worshippers and savages, anti-abortion lawmakers on Wednesday insisted that Republican contenders keep an intense focus on social issues in the upcoming midterm elections and the 2016 presidential race.
Satan worshippers? Zounds! Where did that come from? The AP attempts to explain:
Sen. Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican who is a favorite of the tea party, said supporters of abortion rights chant “Hail, Satan” to silence their enemies. . . . “Arm-in-arm, chanting ‘Hail, Satan,’ embracing the right to take the life of a late-term child,” Cruz said of supporters of abortion rights.
If you’re one of those cynical types who doesn’t believe everything you read, you might suspect that there’s more to this story than the AP is letting on. And you would be correct. Senator Cruz was referencing protests in Austin last year where pro-lifers were in fact shouted down by protesters yelling, “Hail, Satan!” This happened multiple times. It’s on YouTube. It’s not Cruz’s fault that those actions happened to make abortion supporters look cartoonishly repugnant. We can only assume that reporter Philip Elliott was so invested in the caricature of the Harvard-educated, former Supreme Court clerk as daft and unhinged that he didn’t bother verifying whether Cruz was telling the truth.
The AP further characterized the comments of Cruz and other GOP leaders as “unflinching rhetoric” and an “attempt to make inroads with the GOP’s socially conservative wing,” despite the fact that the pro-life cause cuts across political boundaries. Notably, Cruz was defending his home state’s ban on late-term abortion—like the majority of Americans, Texas legislators find it morally objectionable.
The AP later corrected the story. Instead of “Calling their opponents Satan worshippers and savages,” it now begins, “Invoking fiery references to Satan, ‘savagery’ and a ‘culture of death.’ ” It notes that abortion supporters in fact chanted “Hail, Satan.” The story was once risible, and it’s now slightly less so. How do such stories manage to get written, let alone past editors? Andrew Stiles of the Washington Free Beacon walks us through the professional standards at work here:
1. Pro-choice activists chant “Hail, Satan” at a protest.
2. GOP Senator says pro-choice -activists chanted “Hail, Satan” at a- protest.
3. AP reports: Republicans call opponents “Satan worshippers.”
Just another day at the office for the mainstream media.
1:19 PM, Mar 11, 2014 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
On May 18, Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund, will be Barnard College's commencement speaker and will receive the Barnard medal of distinction, the college’s highest honor.
4:04 PM, Mar 6, 2014 • By SYDNEY LEACH
Gimme Shelter, the movie starring Vanessa Hudgens, Rosario Dawson, Brendan Fraser, and Anne Dowd, is a straightforward and unpretentious film about an unmarried pregnant teenage girl who chooses to have her baby rather than an abortion.
9:31 AM, Jan 29, 2014 • By MARIA SANTOS
The House voted Tuesday night to pass Congressman Chris Smith’s (R-N.J.) No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, which expands bans on federal funding of abortions and requires that the Obamacare insurance exchanges clearly describe which plans cover abortion.
Feb 3, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 20 • By PETER WEHNER
At the 1992 Democratic National Convention, the pro-life Democratic governor of Pennsylvania, Robert Casey, was barred from speaking. The message was if you are pro-life, you have no place in the Democratic party.
The new attitude of the Democratic party, at least as represented by New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo, is if you are pro-life, you have no place in a blue state.
8:00 AM, Jan 23, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Steve Hayes, with A.B. Stoddard and Charles Krauthammer, last night on Fox News:
11:03 AM, Jan 22, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
In a statement marking the controversial Supreme Court ruling Roe v. Wade, President Obama says that "this is a country where everyone deserves the same freedom and opportunities to fulfill their dreams."
Here's the president's full statement:
10:01 AM, Jan 22, 2014 • By MARJORIE DANNENFELSER
In 2012, Democrats ran a well-coordinated campaign to demonize and distort pro-life candidates as anti-woman misogynists hell-bent on taking away birth control. The Republican response to this line of attack consisted mostly of pivoting away to focus on “jobs” and the “economy.” With rare exceptions, instead of responding, GOP candidates were unwilling to answer the attacks head-on.
9:39 PM, Nov 30, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Authorities say an abortionist with a history of tax evasion, botched abortions, and unusual disposal of aborted babies has died.
Police found the body of Dr. Joseph Booker Jr., 69, at his home Thursday night after relatives complained they could not reach him. Investigators said Booker suffered a stroke and drowned in his shower in his Madison, Mississippi, home.
12:12 PM, Nov 13, 2013 • By FRANCIS P. CANNON
What does Ken Cuccinelli’s narrow loss in the Virginia governor’s race tell us about the future of the GOP?
2:23 PM, Nov 6, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Abortion advocate Wendy Davis has a strange claim. She now says that she's "pro-life," a term usually associated with those who are against abortion.
The Huffington Post reports:
“I am pro-life,” Davis said during a campaign stop at the University of Texas at Brownsville, according to the Valley Morning Star.
Oct 7, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 05 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
When the cops finally raided the now-convicted killer’s house, he wasn’t particularly disturbed by the intrusion. In fact, he warned police not to go in the basement. Eventually, one of them put on a Tyvek jumpsuit and descended downstairs. The basement was mostly empty, but the flea infestation was so bad the officer’s shoes and pants turned black from the swarm that descended on him. The house was cluttered and full of spoiled food, though it contained several expensive appliances, including an autoclave machine, used to sterilize medical instruments.
12:45 PM, Sep 24, 2013 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic candidate and frontrunner in Virginia's gubernatorial race, has been painting his Republican opponent Ken Cuccinelli as a crusader on social issues. But McAuliffe has repeatedly refused to answer questions from the press about whether he himself holds extreme positions on the issue of abortion.