When the GOP adopted a platform with strong pro-life and pro-marriage planks, the Left-wing media went into apoplectic overdrive.
Based almost entirely on the Associated Press’ misleading headline and lead paragraph, the liberals tried to spin the troops into a state of panic that the rights of women and gays were being trampled on by those evil Republicans banning abortion and gay marriage.
First off, party platforms don’t necessarily translate into actual governing, much as we may like or dislike them to. Second, the planks adopted, while strong, hardly rose to the level of bans.
Here are the AP headline and lead that got everyone worked up:
“GOP Platform: Abortion Ban Approved By Republicans In Tampa
“TAMPA, Fla. — Republicans emphatically approved a toughly worded party platform at their national convention Tuesday that would ban all abortions and gay marriages, reshape Medicare into a voucher-like program and cut taxes to energize the economy and create jobs.”
News writers and editors don’t expect most people to read past the third or fourth paragraph of a story, so they like to pack all the misleading information and bias into the tops of their reports. You can actually learn a lot about what’s really going on and how the public is being manipulated by simply reading down past the 15th or later paragraphs of many major news accounts.
True to form, the AP story goes on to say of the abortion “ban”:
“The party states that ‘the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed.’ It opposes using public revenues to promote or perform abortion or to fund organizations that perform or advocate abortions. It says the party will not fund or subsidize health care that includes abortion coverage.”
So what the plank actually does is recognize the child as a human being for the first time ever, then it opposes using taxpayer money to promote killing that tiny human. Nothing about restricting women’s rights or not recognizing women’s own right to life. In short, the plank promotes leveling the playing field and getting the eugenicists out of the public trough.
The marriage plank is in for similar treatment. Buried in the AP story:
“The platform affirms the rights of states and the federal government not to recognize same-sex marriage. It backs a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.”
Translation: The plank reasserts a right that states and the federal government already have, implying opposition to activist courts run by liberals and gays rewriting the law. Then it supports an amendment to define marriage. (Do we really have to add “as the union of one man and one woman” in these discussions when we’re not on a liberal forum?)
There doesn’t actually seem to be anything in there that would prevent gays from going to their local Church of the Gay Messiah or whatnot and committing to their “partners,” which is supposedly what gays want. They just wouldn’t get the government “bennies” or be able to use federal law to crush all state or religious moral opposition, which is the real point of the gay marriage movement.
The coverage of the GOP platform actually shows an interesting picture of how news flows these days. For most of Tuesday, a Google search showed the AP take as the leading story on the topic, but the most read outlet for the story was the Huffington Post, living up to its Huffing-and-Puffington nickname.
Huffington is chock full of writers and editors like Gara LaMarche, the former vice president of George Soros’ Open Society Foundations and member of Soros’ Democracy Alliance; and Alyona Minkovski, formerly of RT, the Kremlin-backed Russia Today.
(LaMarche, by the way, is also involved in the Tides Foundation, which essentially “launders” funds when donors don’t want to be associated with ultraliberal causes through a legal loophole called “donor-directed” funding. It also helps nonprofit groups skirt laws about not funding their own for-profit enterprises, as in the case where it helped the Pew Charitable Trusts set up three media companies that were then funded by donor-directed funds. The Tides Foundation subsidiary The Tides Center, which does the foundation’s grunt work, is chaired by Wade Rathke, founder of ACORN.)
Huffington is AOL (which is probably the only reason HP has any veneer of being “real” journalism, however preposterous that notion is in fact). AOL is among the many, many holdings of George Soros, who doesn’t have a controlling interest — but hey, he’s Soros.
The Associated Press, from which the panicked spin began, is chaired by Dean Singleton, who gave a notoriously fawning introduction earlier this year for a public appearance by President Obama. Singleton used to contribute to Republican causes, but since about 2003 has been giving to Left candidates, according to online records.
The joke among big-media journalists about stories of questionable import making the news lineup used to be, “all the news that fits, we print.”
Nowadays it should be “all the news we can spin is in.”