Politico today led the way in a virtual tidal wave of outragey outrage stories across the leftosphere trashing Scott Walker as some kind of monster because he thinks that laws mandating ultrasounds before abortions are “cool” and gosh doesn’t he just love rape.
Only that’s not rape. And, oh yeah, he didn’t even say that.
Yes once again the media and the left have coincidented the same error (that’s the word I made up to use in place of colluded on account of surely they don’t have some kind of email list together, right?) that magically makes Scott Walker out to be a woman-hating oppressor. Check out the screenshot from Politico.
And here is the Tweet:
However, radio and television host Dana Loesch, who conducted the interview from which the misquote was misappropriated, has the actual story.
On the subject of abortion, Walker discussed mandatory ultrasounds prior to obtaining an abortion. In discussing the ultrasound images themselves, he described how he and his wife still have their sons’s images and that they are “cool”
That’s right. He was talking about ultrasounds in general being cool things. HOW SHOCKING!!! Here is the partial transcript from Dana:
“Most people I talk to, whether they’re pro-life or not, I find people all the time who’ll get out their iPhone and show me a picture of their grandkids’ ultrasound and how excited they are, so that’s a lovely thing. I think about my sons are 19 and 20, you know we still have their first ultrasound picture. It’s just a cool thing out there.”
Says Dana, “anyone with the reading comprehension of a dolphin knows that Walker was specifically describing ultrasound images, not the legislation itself.”
But who needs from reading. Here is the actual relevant portion of the interview on video:
Pretty blatantly amazingly clear.
Still, of course, that is not the end of the story. The fake quote rocketed around the leftnernet, with attendant outrage in abundance.
And for the most amount of drama, who else but Salon:
Speaking of Salon, here is their opening paragraph:
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has obviously never had a transvaginal sonogram. This observation is not based entirely on the likely Republican presidential candidate self-identifying as a man or his ostensible lack of a vagina, but also on Walker’s characterization of the procedure — which he agreed to mandate for Wisconsin women seeking abortion care — as “lovely.”
One would hardly expect Salon to know this, but literally billions of normal women, ie. women who don’t write for Salon, think a picture of their baby growing in the womb “is” a lovely thing. In fact, it is widely regarded as such from all areas of life, even pop culture.
But it wasn’t just media, we also had democrat politicians jumping in.
And of course Planned Parenthood:
Planned Parenthood is staking out the same ground Salon is. They are suggesting that it is crazy to think ultrasounds are cool, period, regardless of context, law, choice, method, or procedure. Sure, that’s reasonable. Millions of teary-eyed parents seeing their child’s hands and feet for the first time are probably just idiots. You know?
OK, one more. Lest you think this website doesn’t matter, check their placement in search results. Look at the dudgeon here. Look at it!!
Seriously. State rape. What is it the kids say? Oh yes, #SMH.
We could go on and on with the hysteria, the Tweets, the headlines and the screenshots. Talking Points Memo got in on it. Politico eventually changed their title. But what happened is clear: the leftosphere, like they did last week with Ted Cruz, have latched on to something that confirms their own biases and reported it as fact. They do so without checking it, without questioning it, and without any subtlety or logic or reason. They do it without regard for the truth and without regard for the greater principles that they find themselves attacking or supporting. This is what they do.
Scott Walker said it is cool to see a picture of an unborn child. He says this because it is so. It is a cool thing, and it is out there. The cold hard fact is you don’t have to be pro-life to agree with that. Maybe Salon doesn’t think women getting abortions should have to see the ultrasound. Surely there are a dozen writers here at RedState ready to argue that point. But that is not this argument. Surely Scott Walker will defend the pro-life position over the pro-choice position. But that also is not the this argument. No, this argument is simple.
Scott Walker said ultrasounds are cool, and the left media tried to say he said something different. That’s really all there is to it. Luckily the ever-vigilant Dana Loesch didn’t let it slip by.
Thanks to @mamaswati for some of the screenshots.
Think it has died down since Politico changed their headline? Since Dana posted her article? Since we posted ours? Think again. This came in via Dan McLaughlin. It’s a tweet from Talking Points Memo’s Josh Marshall, sent AFTER all of three of those things. Just about 15 minutes ago:
Yeup. There you go right there. The left, ladies and gentlemen. “Fake but true.”