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Megyn Kelly Skews The Truth To Attack Planned Parenthood

Reported by Priscilla - February 11, 2010 -

On the scale of people and things most hated by the American Christian right, Barack Obama comes in first. Coming in a close second (just barely ahead of the “gay agenda”) is Planned Parenthood. This agency, which helps so many women (particularly low income women) is seen as the agent of the anti-Christ by those who don’t like government except when it comes to women’s reproductive systems. As a mouthpiece for the Christian right, Fox News is never shy about aiding and abetting the anti choice forces which seek to demonize Planned Parenthood. Both Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity have given supportive platforms to Lila Rose and her Planned Parenthood “sting operation.” When the Fox News website published an article which was strongly slanted against gift certificates that PPFA was using to raise funds and awareness, Fox’s Neil Cavuto hosted an anti choice spokesperson. Glenn Beck provided a platform for a guest who claims that PPFA encourages “genocide” of African Americans. Earlier this week, the Fox News website published an article which claimed that “Planned Parenthood Pushes Intensive Sex Education For Kids As Young As 10.” Not surprisingly, Fox TV “News” immediately pushed the propaganda which serves to smear Planned Parenthood by distorting their report on the need for sex education (Christian right hate that, too). The propaganda, here, is based on a total misrepresentation – dare I say, a lie?!

Isn’t Megyn Kelly’s new afternoon show part of Fox “News” as opposed to “opinion.” I’m asking because her segment on this Planned Parenthood report wasn’t exactly “fair and balanced.” “While the chyron read “Intl Planned Parenthood Urges Sex Ed For Children As Young As 10” (Yeah, and that’s a problem, how?), Ms. Kelly introduced the segment in her best “I am so f’ing pissed about this” voice. She got the propaganda rolling: “ While teaching10 year old, quote pleasures of, International Planned Parenthood - the folks at the International Planned Parenthood Federation apparently think that is a great idea.” In voicing the requisite Christian right talking point she said, “It is a suggestion that has critics calling Planned Parenthood a bunch of quote sex obsessed adults.” She claimed that the group wants this teaching to be mandatory. So being “fair and balanced,” she introduced her guest, the “fair and balanced” (just kidding) Monica Crowley. It was a great show of legs and Christian right agit prop. Crowley wasted no time in asserting that an evil international organization wants to “dictate” this nasty stuff to American schools which really shouldn’t be doing sex ed because that’s the job of the parents not “bureaucrats.” Kelly went over a list of what 10 year olds are learning in school and then snarked “the pleasures of sex, that’s what they want to add to the list.” She reinforced the message, “can’t we just agree that 10 year olds shouldn’t be taught the pleasures of sex.” She then “played the devil’s advocate” and asked why we shouldn’t be teaching 10 year olds about sex.” Crowley didn’t really answer the question; but indicated that parents and clergy (?!) should make the decision about what their children are taught. She worked in a slam at Planned Parenthood by describing them as “very aggressive on sex education and pushing the abortion option…” and asserted that this is a “political agenda.” (ROFLMAO and government subsidized abstinence and anti choice legislation education isn’t?) She added that parent and “religious leaders can put sex into a context” (Like Rev. Haggard?)

Kelly got to the heart of what, I assume, is the big problem with this report. She read a quote that referenced how religious fundamentalist and the Catholic Church have presented “tremendous barriers” to young people obtaining information regarding sex. She claimed that “they want the church out of the business of sex education.” Not surprisingly, Crowley said that “she zoned in” on this statement which, as Crowley admitted, included Islam as a target for criticism. She said “the pleasures of sex” several time. (Hmmm…) The propaganda was hit home again when Crowley, using Bill O’Reilly’s phrase (and he sure knows about sexuality!?), this is a “secular progressive” agenda. She then brayed about how parents should stand up and demand that the religious and ethical “context” for sex be taught.

Comment: The report in question (which Kelly and Barnes haven’t read?) is about working “towards a world where women, men and young people everywhere have control over their own bodies, and therefore their destinies. A world where they are free to choose parenthood or not; free to decide how many children they will have and when; free to pursue healthy sexual lives without fear of unwanted pregnancies…”What part of that is a problem and why wasn’t that included in the discussion? The report talks about how young people, particularly those without parental support, in those countries where anti-choice religion dictates policy, don’t have access to adequate sex education. It focuses on the relationship between poverty, political instability and lack of access to sex education/family planning for young people who are defined as being between 10 and 24. The report details the problems of “child brides” and illegal abortions. The report talks about how comprehensive education empowers young people which “helps them to develop satisfying and pleasurable sexual lives." While the report does criticize certain religions which deny the pleasures of sex, it recommends that faith communities find a way of providing guidance on these issues. Perhaps Megyn and Fox News writer Ed Barnes should read the report which, in no way, pushes sex education and the pleasure of sex. (The only two references to “pleasure” were cited above). And “mandatory” was used for “sex education” which wasn’t about “pleasure” but real information. (Eewww, radical). Not only is this not real “news,” it’s a big, fat lie meant to discredit Planned Parenthood. I’ve seen some nasty anti choice propaganda on Fox; but this might just be the worst!