On Thursday afternoon, bored journalists took a break from tweeting about Justin Bieber to mangle a remark uttered by former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee at the Republican National Committee's winter meeting.
"At Rnc meeting @MikeHuckabee just said fed govt shouldn't help women w who can't control their libido w birth control," CNN's Dana Bash tweeted. Bash quickly tried to correct the record and noted that Huckabee was describing how Democrats view women. But it was too late to stop a fake controversy from erupting online. White House press secretary Jay Carney soon chimed in and said the comments, whatever they were and whoever said them, were offensive.
Yahoo's Chris Moody provides the full Huckabee quote here:
For context, here is the entire Mike Huckabee quote at the RNC meeting that Twitter is talking about. pic.twitter.com/HHhEUqM4ru
— Chris Moody (@Chris_Moody) January 23, 2014
Even if Huckabee was only describing the Democratic view of women, you still might think he's being unfair and inflammatory. But if you take a look at Obamacare's "brosurance" ad campaign in Colorado, Huckabee's description seems spot on. "OMG, he's hot! Let's hope he's as easy to get as this birth control," a young woman says in one Obamacare ad that was so stupid and offensive that it was singled out for mockery on the Daily Show.