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Here We Go Again -- Flip-flopping

Reported by Judy - January 25, 2005

Anticipating that she will seek the Democratic nomination for president in 2008, John Gibson Tuesday continued the Fox News campaign to demonize Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, by trying to describe her as flip-flopping on abortion.

Gibson threw out the flip-flop charge after Senator Clinton told a pro-choice group that abortion rates have gone up under George Bush and that pro-choice and anti-abortion groups should seek common ground on ways to reduce them. He also hinted that she had done something sleazy by saying, "I've always been a praying person."

While former Sen. Dennis DeConcini, D-Arizona, said he believes she is sincere in urging some sort of cooperation between the two sides of the divisive issue, GOP strategist Jim Dyke interpreted it cynically. "Everything she does is planned," he said.

Gibson asked Dyke if Republicans hope to accuse Senator Clinton of flip-flopping on the issue, copying the tactic they used against John Kerry in the presidential campaign. Dyke mostly evaded the question, which was just as well because it was a stupid one.

What exactly did Senator Clinton flip-flop on? Has she ever called for high abortion rates? Has anyone ever called for high abortion rates? Gibson did not elaborate on exactly how Senator Clinton has changed her position, but then again, a Democrat doesn't have to change position in order for Fox to label them as a flip-flopper.

The segment showed that Gibson's main interest was not in a discussion of how abortion could be made less frequent. He did not ask abortion counselors, women who have had abortions, or sex educators how abortion rates could be lowered. He didn't even have a pro-choice guest.

The issue actually is an interesting one. After four years of an anti-abortion president and passage of the measure banning late term abortions, abortion rates have gone UP, not DOWN. No wonder Bush didn't show his face at the anti-Roe rally in front of the White House earlier this week.

Gibson wanted to make Senator Clinton, not abortion, the issue. Why point out the failure of anti-abortion policy when you can cast aspersions on a pro-choice Democrat and keep the two sides at each other's throats?

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