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Fox Nation Continues Partisan Lie About Martha Coakley Statement

Reported by Priscilla - January 17, 2010 -

Fox Nation is doing its darndest to push their Republican candidate for MA senate, former Cosmo nude centerfold Scott Brown, to victory. For the third day, they have a lede which claims that his opponent, Martha Coakley, said something that she clearly didn’t. Backing up the headline is an audio segment of Coakley’s comments made during a radio interview. The lede, “Coakley: Catholics Shouldn’t Work in the ER” is straight out of Gateway Pundit (they of the Jennings smears) where Jim Hoft posted the same audio and same lie about what Coakley said. Not surprisingly, smearmeister Andrew Breitbart picked it up on his “Big Government” website. And like the cropped video which purported to show that Coakley said that there is no more terrorism in Afghanistan, this audio provides no context. What makes it worse is the accompanying commentary which is a lie. But what’s truth when you have some smearing to do.

The audio is taken from an interview that Coakley had with a Boston talk show host, WBSM’s Ken Pittman. After discussing Scott Brown’s proposed amendment to a Massachusetts law, which would have allowed Catholic hospitals to refuse emergency contraception to rape victims (it lost), Pittman asked her if she would pass a health care bill with a conscience clause which would allow those who oppose abortion (and other things not deemed correct by the religious right) to opt out. (Hmmm, could health care providers have a conscience clause that allows them to refuse treatment to big, fat, hateful rightwing blowhards like Rush Limbaugh?!) The following exchange took place:

PITTMAN: Right, if you are a Catholic, and you believe what the Pope teaches, you know, that any form of birth control is a sin. And you don't want to do that, that –
COAKLEY: No, but we have a separation of church and state here, Ken, let's be clear.
PITTMAN: Yeah, but in the emergency room you still have your religious freedom.
COAKLEY: The law says that people are allowed to have that. And so, then, if you -- you can have religious freedom, you probably shouldn't work in the emergency room

Martha Coakley did not say that Catholics should not work in the ER – but rather, that those who oppose the distribution of emergency contraception might not want to work in an ER where current law dictates that the medication be dispensed. If Fox Nation were “fair and balanced,” as claimed by their “statement of purpose,” they would provide some balance and journalistic integrity for their threads. This thread seeks not to provide full information; but it is, rather, a continuation of right wing partisan attacks against the Republican candidate who is supported by Fox News. There is no (and there hasn’t been any) information, for Fox Nation readers, about Scott Brown’s attempt to secure an amendment to a Massachusetts law which requires that all hospitals provide emergency contraception to rape victims. This amendment would have allowed Catholic hospitals to refuse to do so – thus potentially causing undue hardship on rape victims if they were unable to receive the medication at a local hospital and thus needed to find someplace where the medication would be dispensed. Brown, whose 2004 State Senate candidacy was supported by the Catholic Arch-Diocese of Boston, submitted this 2005 amendment at the behest of the Catholic Church. Now he’s saying that he doesn’t remember authoring the amendment. (A thread about this should be "Why Does Scott Brown Hate Women?) But this information is not available on Fox Nation because – D’uhhh – rather than being “fair and balanced,” they’re a propaganda arm for the RNC and a teabagger endorsed, Republican candidate for US Senate. Their agenda is as exposed as Scott Brown in Cosmo!