Scott Walker Calls Ultrasound Photos 'Cool,' Media Misquotes and Demonizes Him

Cortney O'Brien
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Posted: May 28, 2015 10:00 AM
Scott Walker Calls Ultrasound Photos 'Cool,' Media Misquotes and Demonizes Him

Question: What exactly is wrong with calling an ultrasound image of the womb "cool?" Answer: Nothing. That is, except when the media misquotes you and labels you as the new torchbearer of the War on Women.

Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) was the latest victim of this tired and unfair characterization when defending his state's mandatory ultrasound law. The law, which requires women to have the imaging before going through with an abortion, has been a source of controversy ever since it was passed, with pro-abortion groups calling it an unfair burden on women who want no interruptions on their way to terminating their pregnancies. Walker sat down with TheBlazeTV's Dana Loesch Wednesday to discuss the benefits of the legislation. Most importantly, that it has the potential to save countless unborn lives.

"We just knew if we signed that law, if we provided the information, that more people if they saw that unborn child would, would make a decision to protect and keep the life of that unborn child.”

At one point, he provided his own personal opinion on the incredible machine.

“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.”

That's when Politico took the last line and inserted it into a breathless headline that read, "Scott Walker defends mandatory ultrasounds: 'It's just a cool thing out there,'" suggesting that it was the enforced law he was referring to as 'cool.'

Politico has since deleted the quote from its headline (you can still their initial intention in the URL), but not before several other liberal-leaning outlets published similar titles. RedState has a roundup of several websites that ran with Politico's initial error and jumped on the chance to excoriate Walker as hostile to women's anatomical rights.

Planned Parenthood wasn't far behind.

Ultrasounds are technological advances that allow mothers to view a window to the womb. I can't think of anything cooler.

The media on the other hand...