Megyn Kelly is part of the Fox News "fair & balanced" news coverage. Yet, she has consistently promoted the talking points of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops in their opposition to the Obama administration's birth control mandate which, they contend, is a violation of their religious freedom. As the saying goes, words matter and the words chosen by Kelly, regarding the HHS mandate, mean something - such as when she repeatedly made the bogus claim that the mandate includes abortion inducing drugs. During yesterday's "America Live," she advanced the oh-so-popular Fox "News" and right wing GOP meme that there is no war on women by the GOP. But during her interview with anti-choice, GOP Governor Nikki Haley, Kelly said something that might have been a misstatement or might have been a deliberate attempt to spin the issue about that evil birth control mandate on behalf of those who oppose it.
Kelly reported that there would be a line-up of pro-choice women speakers at the Democratic Convention. Haley said that the concern about women's reproductive rights is "insulting" and spoke to women's economic concerns. Kelly's propaganda began with her comment that the Democratic Party platform doesn't condemn "partial birth abortion" - a non scientific term used by the Catholic Church and the "pro-life" movement. She made the comment that the platform is very "pro-choice" and "some would say pro-abortion." She asked Haley about the GOP platform which doesn't have exceptions for rape. Haley said that's a "distraction" and then proceeded to trash Obama.
About mid-way through the segment, Kelly asked about the "contraceptive issue" that's gotten "a lot of push back from religious groups" who say that "you can't force us to provide birth control for our employees, it goes against our religious tenets..." She then referenced Sandra Fluke who is "upset" that Georgetown students "will have to spend up to $3,000 a year on their own birth control" and that insurance companies should have to pay for it. (She didn't mention that Georgetown students are already paying for their health coverage). Kelly described Fluke as "doubling down" on the message and then played video of Fluke speaking before a group. Kelly repeated Fluke's phrase "getting access to contraception." That was Haley's cue to talk about how it's an "American freedom" that groups, who don't want to cover contraception, shouldn't have to." Kelly wanted to know if this will cost Democrats the "Catholic vote" without mentioning that there is no monolithic Catholic vote.
Fact Check - The HHS Mandate Does NOT FORCE religious employees to PROVIDE BIRTH CONTROL. It requires that their health care policies, which many women are already paying for, cover contraception. Churches and religious schools are exempt. But one more time, it's birth control insurance coverage not birth control.
So was Megyn's Fox Fact an accident or design? You make the call.
I’m a science fiction buff and remember reading a story about a man who came out of hibernation into a world ruled by a nasty little worm who’d divided the human subjects into three race-based categories: yellows for meat, blacks as minions and whites as pampered pets. (browns had not yet been mainstreamed during the Sixties). He’d wound up among the yellows but, being white, was plucked out of the line entering the aircraft that came once a year to collect the 30-year olds (too old for optimal reproduction performance but flesh that is still tender). During his rendition before the worm surrounded by sychofantic whites, he realised how that society was organised. The story ends as he is brought before the ruler. Allow me to pull an outrageous foxy stunt (I believe we call it the “Cavuto mark”): "Could that be why some people are anti-choice? "
Why is birth control the only religious tenet that gets it’s own automatic out? I’d really like to take back the tax dollars that went toward torturing prisoners. If only they had used birth control pills during the torture I might have my wish!
I vote yes!