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08.24.23

Pathological Media Amnesia – MSNBC

  • She was not expecting people to actually research her claim.

One of the more fierce reactions to the Republican debate was from a cadre of Democrats and journalists who were outraged at the supposition that Dems favor abortion up to the time of birth. Joining the chorus of deniers was MSNBC’s Sunday journalist Jen Psaki.

Of course, we could list off the numerous politicians who hold this stance, or the over half a dozen Dem-run states that have no-limit abortion laws, but instead we will just point out the former position of one person – Jen Psaki herself.

She is actually named in the White House transcript from March of 2022 when she touted the Biden administration backing the Women’s Health Protection Act, a bill that would have federalized abortion on-demand up to childbirth and was voted in support by 90% of sitting Democrats in Congress.

Body Checking the Fact Checkers – THE WASHINGTON POST

  • Well...while this may be accurate, Glenn, it is not exactly checking the comments.

Glenn Kessler was pressed into action last night – mainly because Joe Biden was not featured! Yes, Republicans were saying things, so OF COURSE Glenn became motivated to do his job. 

In looking to deliver corrective details on what Ron DeSantis said about abortion-to-childbirth, Kessler ran into a snag; there is all of that proof we just alluded to saying Dems hold that position.

So in an effort to appear as if he was “correcting” DeSantis, Glenn spouted off a long series of statistics concerning late-term abortions – while doing nothing at all to refute what DeSantis actually said.

“We’re better than what the Democrats are selling. We are not going to allow abortion all the way up till birth, and we will hold them accountable for their extremism.” 

–Ron DeSantis

This is a common Republican talking point — that Democrats support nationwide abortion-on-demand up until the moment of birth. The implication is that late-term abortions are common — and that they are routinely accepted by Democrats. The reality, according to federal and state data, is that abortions past the point of viability are extremely rare. When they do happen, they often involve painful, emotional and even moral decisions.

Pre-Written Field Reports – NEW YORK TIMES

  • Write the post, schedule for later, then go out for tapas during the debate.

One of the early highlights of the debate was when there were fireworks between Chris Christie and Vivek Ramaswamy. There were some solid jabs but the reality is that both men were delivering pre-set talking points that each could not wait to deliver for the cameras.

Yet, as this was playing out, David French appeared to be watching a completely different debate. Or, more likely, he was projecting something he had counted on happening.

Democratic Custodial Services – MSNBC

  • Okay, Chris? Moving the problem to another area is not the same as addressing the problem.

Another issue discussed during the debate was the southern border, and a few of the debaters mentioned the fentanyl that is streaming across the border and killing unacceptable numbers of citizens. Chris Hayes saw these responses and he decided to pounce! (Hey, why should only Republicans be charged with that activity?)

Hayes thought himself clever by suggesting that most of the fentanyl coming into the U.S. enters through the ports and terminals, not the porous borders. This is attributable to the port authorities only reporting on what they seize, not border agents and other law enforcement agencies.

Also, of course, this does not in any way excuse the Biden administration, because it only means they are failing to properly enforce things in a different area of our national border.

DNC PR Firm – MSNBC

  • The image all the news nets’ graphics departments were salivating to possess.

Recently, Jake Tapper was upset because Laura Ingraham dared to suggest that at CNN they were desperately eager for a Donald Trump mugshot to come from the arraignment in Atlanta.

Well, maybe Ingraham was incorrect – slightly. It turns out she just had the wrong network tabbed for this exciting development to play out.

Glossary Over Things – VOX

The press is really struggling in 2023 with the concept of the word “banned.” It appears they want to use it when it does not apply, and now they deny the use of the word when it is applied correctly and accurately.

For months now, we have been inundated with news reports from Florida, and elsewhere, that books are being banned when they are removed from schools due to age appropriateness. (This is not a ban, any more than a movie that is Rated-R is a “banned film”.) There are some places where they are specifically selling these titles, as a response to the moves by school boards. The disqualifying detail is, of course, that they are not banned if they are available for sale.

Now over at Vox.com they are struggling with the opposite occurrence, regarding lightbulbs. This month, incandescent bulbs will no longer be permitted to be sold due to new standards for light delivery per-watt, all in the name of saving the environment. Yet While these bulbs are forbidden to be sold, and if they were to be imported there would be severe fines imposed as punishment, somehow the brilliant minds at Vox insist this is not in any way to be perceived as “a ban.” 


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