GQ article cherry-picks, skews facts to maintain narrative in ‘history’ of the pro-life movement

On Thursday, GQ published an article trying to explain the history of the pro-life movement, but skewed many of the facts to support an anti-Republican narrative.

The story’s author, Laura Bassett, tweeted, “Did you know Republicans decided to start caring about abortion in the late 70s because they were looking for a more defensible moral wedge issue than ‘keep schools white’ to mobilize white evangelical voters?”

The story began with an error, calling George Wallace, a “longtime Republican governor.” But Wallace was always a Democrat, save for a presidential run in which he ran as an American Independent Party candidate.

His party has been edited, but the change was worded in an attempt to maintain the premise of the story, which is that Republicans are bad.

The GQ article does mention Wallace, “who would later join the far-right American Independent Party” – but omits key details, leaving the impression that Wallace changed parties permanently, so Democrats can wash their hands of him. But Wallace ran for president two more times after that run, both times as a Democrat. He later won another term as governor of Alabama – also as a Democrat.

Bassett then pivots to a very abridged history of abortion rights.

“Before Roe, Republicans and white evangelicals generally supported abortion rights, much in the way libertarians do now, because to them it meant fewer mothers and children dependent on the government for support,” Bassett writes. She provides one example of these “Republicans and white evangelicals” that “supported” abortion rights: Wallace, a segregationist Democrat, who supported abortion because, he said, black women were “breeding children as a cash crop.”

Bassett also mentions two people influential in the movement: Jerry Falwell, who Bassett says was “mobilized… to get into politics” because he owned a segregated private school affected by Green v. Connally, which said racially discriminatory schools could not be tax-exempt – but had not yet been in politics, and Bassett does not show Falwell as a proponent of abortion rights. The other she cites is Paul Weyrich, a “conservative political activist” looking for a wedge issue – and because he has other potential ideas before addressing abortion rights, Bassett paints it as Weyrich’s last choice, and not because “conservatives were starting to get uncomfortable with the spike in legal abortions after the landmark case.”

The article then jumps to 1980, when President Ronald Reagan took office. Bassett said Reagan, “considered by some to be the ‘father of the pro-life movement,’” did not have “genuine” views on the issue since he decriminalized abortion as governor of California and “regretted that move” as president.

By the time the article gets to President Donald Trump, who Bassett says was “thanks largely to evangelical Christians overlooking his lack of morality,” it’s all cherry-picking. She cites her own opinion piece from the Washington Post to make the case against Trump.

Bassett cherry-picked statistics to further the narrative, writing, “The clearest sign that your movement is built on a house of cards is having to repeatedly lie to your supporters to keep them around. In reality, roughly two-thirds of Americans support abortion rights and would like to see Roe upheld.”

In the very same poll, 72 percent of Americans think abortion should be regulated after the first trimester.

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Author: Caroline Lee Smith


Gayle King: COVID prevented us from covering this major Biden story

CBS This Morning host Gayle King lamented Wednesday that the coronavirus has prevented the network from covering an important story on Joe Biden.

But King didn’t mean the sexual assault allegations made against Biden by Tara Reade, which the media was slow to cover. On the Late Show, King told host Stephen Colbert that the pandemic has kept the media from reporting on the Biden campaign, specifically his endorsements.

“I can’t believe that we’re not talking about a political campaign, campaign 2020,” King said. “You know, we’re sitting here in may heading into June. The conventions are supposed to be July, August. We are in the middle of a very important political campaign. And, you know, when Joe Biden gets major endorsements, it’s not even the lead story anymore because everything is all things corona.”

CBS did eventually cover the Reade allegations, but according to the New York Times, the major networks are not giving Reade a chance to appear on TV – and Reade mentioned King in particular as an anchor she admires and would like to tell her story to.

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Author: Caroline Lee Smith

BuzzFeed News attacks Trump for taking hydroxychloroquine drug

BuzzFeed News attacked President Donald Trump when he told the press that he takes doses of the hydroxychloroquine drug to prevent a coronavirus infection after several White House staffers tested positive for the coronavirus in recent weeks.

The website headlined their criticism, “Trump Said He’s Taking Hydroxychloroquine To Try To Prevent COVID-19 In Spite Of An FDA Warning.” Like other news outlets in the mainstream media, BuzzFeed News emphasized that the FDA has not approved it for treating coronavirus patients and “warned could cause life-threatening side effects.” It also pointed out that although there “is currently no cure for COVID-19,” several studies “have had mixed results” about the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine in coronavirus treatments.

BuzzFeed News later reiterated that Trump “repeatedly touted” the drug as a possible treatment “despite medical authorities having mixed success with the drug.”

But the website did not acknowledge that some front-line medical workers are taking doses of hydroxychloroquine as a part of their preventative infection efforts. BuzzFeed News also failed to raise the possibility that hydroxychloroquine could be combined with other drugs to effectively treat coronavirus patients, which has been suggested by some experts. For example, the National Institutes of Health began a clinical trial of treating moderate coronavirus patients with a combination of hydroxychloroquine and antibiotic drug azithromycin.

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Author: Spencer Irvine

CNN claims Trump ‘sows division and confusion’ during pandemic

CNN’s coronavirus coverage, with the majority of states partially reopened this week, has shifted from coronavirus death toll coverage to blatant partisanship.

CNN addressed the alleged lack of President Donald Trump’s leadership with the headline, “Trump sows division and confusion as anxious country edges toward opening.” The article portrayed the United States as a country without a strong leader in its president and claimed that a post-coronavirus recovery “will be in spite of President Donald Trump, not because of him.” The cable news network asserted that Trump “is undermining his own government’s best practices” by taking the drug hydroxychloroquine and “conjuring up conspiracies, taking premature victory laps and igniting clashes that fracture the national unity needed to weather such as terrible crisis.”

CNN neglected to note that Trump’s poll numbers rose when his daily coronavirus briefings were aired by the mainstream media, which contradicted CNN’s initial claim that Americans did not have a leader. The American people thought differently than CNN did when they saw the president addressing the pandemic on television.

Ironically, CNN mentioned that one of Trump’s main arguments about his leadership was that he is a “warrior President” who stood up to “liberal elites [that] have leveraged the crisis to stifle freedoms.” The network did not point out how multiple Democratic Party governors imposed strict restrictions on its population, which spurred protests in New York, Michigan, and California. The protests validated Trump’s criticism of stifling freedom.

A glaring omission in the article was that CNN did not mention China’s involvement in failing to contain the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China. It was not Trump’s fault, nor America’s fault, that the outbreak reached America’s shores due to Chinese government misinformation and lack of transparency. If Trump allegedly “sows division and confusion,” CNN should pin some blame on China. The Chinese government promoted conspiracy theories that the United States military spread the virus in China, which is an example of sowing division and confusion and it hid information about the virus from the world for several months.

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Author: Spencer Irvine

NY Times directs blame toward nursing home lobby, excuses Cuomo

The New York Times passed on criticizing New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo after he denied that his previous nursing home policies led to thousands of deaths due to the coronavirus.

“As a government, we are doing everything that we can,” Cuomo said. “We’re doing more testing than any other state. We’ve been more aggressive than any state in nursing home precautions. We have been smart. New Yorkers have been smart. The government has been smart and that should be respected.”

His comments came during a press conference on Tuesday, but the New York Times did not update its readers about the continued defense of his nursing home policies. Conservative media took issue with his comments.

Although a quarter of New York’s coronavirus deaths were nursing home patients, the New York Times has not criticized him as much as President Donald Trump. For example, the last criticism of Cuomo was an Associated Press article that was included on the New York Times’ website. A recent New York Times article on a state law that shields nursing homes from lawsuits also avoided criticizing Cuomo directly and pinned it on his aides.

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Author: Spencer Irvine

NBC News freaks out about Trump’s admission he takes hydroxychloroquine

NBC News criticized President Donald Trump after he revealed that he is taking hydroxychloroquine to prevent coronavirus infection.

The news outlet reiterated that the president was taking a drug that has not been approved for coronavirus treatment by the FDA and that he is not backing down from earlier assertions that it could be a potential virus cure.

NBC News headlined its article, “Trump says he’s taking hydroxychloroquine to prevent COVID-19.” It wrote that Trump was “taking an unproven treatment for COVID-19 that he has vigorously promoted.” But the news outlet also acknowledged that medical workers are taking hydroxychloroquine despite the FDA’s warnings. If doctors and nurses are taking it, it could indicate that it could possibly work.

Yet NBC News quoted one of its medical experts who said it was unwise for Trump to take an unproven drug. The article also claimed that the president’s admission could set a bad example for Americans and consistently emphasized that there was no evidence backing up Trump’s claims about the drug.

Other news outlets also expressed skepticism about hydroxychloroquine.

The New York Times’s headline read, “What to Know About the Malaria Drug Trump Says He Is Using.” The newspaper emphasized the potential side effects of taking the drug, such as potential heart-related issues. It also noted that some smaller studies showed promise when the drug was combined with an antibiotic, but those studies lacked the potential for replication due to procedural issues such as small sample sizes.

A headline at CNN said, “Trump says he is taking hydroxychloroquine though health experts question its effectiveness.” CNN echoed similar reasons as the New York Times and NBC News, such as the heart-related side effects and the lack of concrete evidence that hydroxychloroquine is a viable cure for the coronavirus.

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Author: Spencer Irvine

NY Times leaves out major details about China deceived the US

The New York Times left out details about the coronavirus outbreak in China in an article about growing U.S.-China tensions during the coronavirus pandemic.

The newspaper headlined its summary of the issue, “U.S.-China Feud Over Coronavirus Erupts at World Health Assembly.” The article focused on President Donald Trump’s assertion that if changes are not made at the WHO, then the U.S. would withhold the remainder of its funding. Meanwhile, China pledged $2 billion to help the WHO contain the outbreak.

The New York Times emphasized Trump’s rhetoric, most of which was contained in a letter sent to the WHO informing them of his conditional decision to withhold funding. The newspaper also claimed that it was a political ploy to blame the WHO and China for the outbreak to convince Americans “that he was not responsible for the deaths and massive economic calamity caused by the virus” and “blunt fierce criticism from Democrats over his failures on the pandemic.”

But the newspaper did not mention the timeline of events in the coronavirus outbreak until this point in time. It did not mention that the WHO took several weeks to decide before declaring the outbreak was a pandemic in late January. Nor did the newspaper note that the WHO mistakenly told the public that the virus was not transmissible from person to person early on in the outbreak. The New York Times also ignored how the Chinese government’s reported statistics about infections and deaths were flawed and inaccurate.

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Author: Spencer Irvine

CNN’s Jake Tapper blasted over ‘smear campaigns’ hypocrisy

CNN host Jake Tapper criticized President Donald Trump and his political supporters for “launching an unprecedented smear campaign” against his political opponents but ignored his own partisan rhetoric during the Trump presidency.

“President Trump and his team are launching an unprecedented smear campaign against rivals, leveling wild and false allegations against critics in the media and politics, ranging from bizarre conspiracy theories to spreading lies about pedophilia and even murder,” Tapper wrote on Twitter.

In a following tweet, he added, “These smear campaigns are unmoored from reality. They’re deranged and indecent and seem designed at least in part to distract us from the horrific death, health, and economic crisis caused by the pandemic.  The pandemic, which impacts you, is what we will continue to focus on.”

Tapper was specifically addressing Trump’s “Obamagate” comments, when the president accused his predecessor, Barack Obama, of spying on his 2016 campaign with government resources. Tapper’s tweets also ignored the fact that there is emerging evidence that the “Obamagate” scandal is credible, such as internal FBI notes that suggested FBI agents entrap former Trump national security advisor Michael Flynn.

But Tapper ignored how he has previously conducted partisan attacks on the political right and has called some of Trump’s past rhetoric a “smear.”

Earlier this year on January 13, Tapper accused Trump of hiding evidence behind the U.S. airstrike that killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani. CNN titled the video segment, “Jake Tapper calls out Trump’s smear” after Trump retweeted a photo mocking Democratic lawmakers’ criticism of Trump’s actions.

Conservatives also highlighted Tapper’s history with smear campaigns included his reporting of the false “gang rape” charge against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh by accuser Julie Swetnick and CNN’s town hall after the Parkland, Florida mass shooting.

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Author: Spencer Irvine

Washington Post praises Never Trump movement

The Washington Post praised the Never Trump movement’s planned political convention to resist the re-election of President Donald Trump, but it failed to mention financial issues plaguing one of its key leaders.

The newspaper headlined the Never Trump movement’s announcement, “Never Trumpers will host their own Republican convention during the RNC.” The Washington Post announced that the Never Trumpers’ Convention on Founding Principles will run at the same time as the 2020 Republican National Committee’s convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. The article quoted Evan McMullin, the Never Trump movement’s 2016 presidential candidate, but it did not mention the financial issues plaguing his defunct campaign.

McMullin’s presidential campaign has $670,000 in debt. His report filing with the Federal Election Commission showed that he owed six companies for his short-lived campaign. Additionally, campaign sources told the media that McMullin allegedly refused to pay former campaign staffers and vendors. None of this information made it into the Washington Post’s article.

Instead, the Washington Post emphasized certain information about McMullin, such as how his “last-minute” campaign garnered 0.5 percent of the vote and that he “launched Stand Up Republic” after the 2016 election. The newspaper also mentioned how a recent press conference for the Never Trump movement had 300 attendees and had to move into a bigger room to accommodate the crowd.

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Author: Spencer Irvine