In the reality based community, it's apparent that not only is the GOP waging a war on women's reproductive rights; but since 2010, it has revved it up into high gear. Tennis great, Billie Jean King has accused the GOP of "waging an epic battle against women's health care choices." As such, she is calling on Democratic supporters to sign a DCCC petition to ask that Republicans include women in congressional discussions about women's health. She was prompted to do this after GOP Congressman Darrell Issa convened a House panel which had no women participants. But some in the right wing community scoff at the idea that women's rights are being attacked. Yesterday, on Fox & Friends, Laura Ingraham claimed that there is no war on women. And today, on America Live, alleged straight "news" anchor Megyn Kelly and Monica Crowley mocked the idea that women are being treated unfairly. Kelly did a little defense work for Limbaugh, too. Thankfully, Sally Kohn was there to rebut the insanity. So I guess with two against one, it's almost "fair & balanced?" Ya think!
Kelly was in mocking mode as she reported on Billie Jean King's efforts to link up with the Democrats on behalf of women's rights. Kelly framed the Fox propaganda message with the question of whether this is a war on women or a case for fundraising on women. Kelly guffawed at her own humor as she asked Monica Crowley if she, as a Republican, is waging war on herself. After Crowley responded that there is no war, Kelly chortled as she asked if Republicans hate women. Crowley accused the left of making up this "theme." She cited data regarding how the Democrats have been "hemorrhaging" women since 2008 and this is an attempt to get women back. She didn't mention that since December, Obama's support from women has risen from 47 to 54%. She claimed that Obama deliberately dropped the contraceptives into the campaign in order to get the candidates and the media to "chase" the story. She claimed that "nobody cares" about birth control. (Scuse Me? For those on both sides of the choice issue, it's very big.)
Sally Kohn cited how 28 states have a stronger mandate and the GOP didn't say diddly until recently. She mentioned the overreach of the Blunt Amendment. As she spoke the chyron reinforced the Fox message: "Democrats Raising Millions on 'War on Women' Fund Raiser." In her best mocking voice Kelly remarked about how the president was "supposed to bring us all together..." and then smiled and shouted, "There's a war on women, the Republicans hate women." (Thanks for taking this so seriously, Megyn). Kohn responded that while this does motivate the base, it's hard to take the GOP seriously when young women, exercising their First Amendment rights, are called sluts. Kelly's frivolous mode turned dead serious with "Is it just Republicans? Do we have to go there, Bill Maher, Ed Schultz." Megan sternly reproached Kohn with "it's just not Republicans."
Kelly brought up President Obama's approval rating with men and suggested that this might be a way to bring women out to the polls.Crowley sneered that "this whole thing was orchestrated to take attention away from the problems with unemployment and the economy. She repeated that nobody cares about contraception. (Cardinal Dolan and Fox "News" sure do!) Kelly referenced Ann Romney's recent comment about how women really care about the economy, debt, and entitlement. (And that proves what?) When Kohn said that the Democrats didn't invent this,Crowley said that "nobody was talking about this until team Obama deliberately dropped the HHS mandate on Catholic universities."
Crowley is either a liar or very misinformed. The talk of the GOP war on women began when the GOP led US House began its 2011 session by trying to defund Planned Parenthood. They also passed another bill which would have allowed Catholic hospitals to let women die rather than perform an abortion. Prior to Obama's "grenade," there was outrage over GOP efforts, in various states, to defund Planned Parenthood. The introduction of almost 100 very restrictive state anti-choice bills, in the last year, also prompted talk of a war on women. The Virginia transvaginal ultrasound bill had nothing to do with the contraception mandate. The birth control issue is just another battle in the bigger GOP war on women which Megyn Kelly and Monica Crowley think is just so funny - but women aren't laughing.
False equivalence aside, Kelly is suggesting its OK to call women sluts and prostitutes because other people do it too. Shameful!