Fox News is on full spin cycle in its efforts to promote the GOP meme that there is no "war on women" despite the reality that the GOP, in the past two years, has promoted and passed an unprecedented number of anti-choice measures. But in an effort to reinforce the GOP meme of no war on women, Fox hosts have recently interviewed GOP women who reinforce the GOP meme. Rather than address the role back of reproductive rights, these women pivot to the economy. The reality is that without access to reproductive health care, women's personal economy will be affected; but that doesn't seem to be an issue for Gov. Nikki Haley, Gov. Mary Fallin and Mayor Mia Love whose support of anti-choice policies are part of the war on women. Yesterday, Gretchen Carlson spoke to GOP Senate Candidate Wendy Long who is another foot soldier in the supposedly non-existent war on women. Not only did Carlson validate the meme but claimed that focus on reproductive rights is "insulting."
Gretchen Carlson, who will now be receiving, free of charge, birth control and an annual well woman doctor visit, interviewed Wendy Long, a Republican, who is seeking to unseat NY Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. Carlson began by saying that Republican women "beg to differ" with the notion that their party is waging a war on women. She played video of GOP Utah mayor Mia Love during which Love talked about how the economy is adversely affecting women and how the "war on women" is a "distraction" from the "failed policies" of the Democrats.
After welcoming her guest, Carlson framed the issue with a question of whether men and woman care about the same issues because at the Democratic Convention "one of the main messages was this whole contraception thing." Gretch scrunched up her pretty face, leaned into the camera and provided yet another Fox/GOP talking point: "I found myself at some point feeling like that could be insulting to women that they only think about one issue." (Right Gretch, who cares about how women will be adversely affected if Planned Parenthood shuts down and abortion is criminalized even in cases of rape and incest).
Long said it was "amazing" and "so out of touch." She claimed that "the whole phony war on women thing is such a manufactured issue" and a way to "distract from the very poor record on jobs and the economy which is what women really do care about." (So far, none of these GOP women, or the Fox hosts, have mentioned the Democratic Lilly Ledbetter Equal Pay law). She stated that the problem isn't birth control but spending.
Carlson provided the validation: "It's interesting how a message can gain so much steam because is it a way to divert away, as Mia Love was saying, from the actual reality of where we sit today." Long said that NY women don't care about this because they're focused on jobs and not whether "somebody else pays for my birth control pills." (It's the insurers, along with the women who are paying for their health plans, who pay for the birth control pills.)
Once again, neither the female GOP Fox politician guest, nor the host, address the substance of what the war on women is about. And once again, the female GOP Fox politician guest is part of the war on women. She is "100% pro-life from conception to death" and does not support rape and incest exemptions to prohibitions on abortion. She supported the "Blunt Amendment" which would have allowed Catholic employers to deny their employees birth control coverage. She thinks "nobody would notice" if Roe is overturned. Like Fox News, she supports the bishops' opposition to the birth control mandate and is very close to Cardinal Dolan who leads the fight against the mandate. She wants to de-fund Planned Parenthood.
So it appears that Long, who is trailing Gillibrand by a 3 to 1 margin, doesn't really care about women. In fact, she's part of the GOP "war on women" ladies auxiliary. And as former Secretary of State, Madeline Albright said, "There's a place in hell for women who do not help other women."
If you can’t lie just be ignorant and stupid, it amounts to much the same thing.
Of course not. They’d have to explain why the GOP is against women receiving equal pay for their work. (I bet none of these “women” politicians would be willing to accept less money than their male counterparts but they don’t seem to have any problem with ordinary women—of all political stripes—being paid less than men for the same job.)
I copy the above because the occasional troll will never find out anything about those new laws by watching FNC.