The American anti-choice movement is aided and abetted by right wing politicians, evangelical Christians, so called "family values" groups, and the Catholic Church. In addition to these groups, they now have "fair & balanced" Fox News, an alleged "news" network that has become the media outlet for "right to life" propaganda which, at present, is focused on the trial of an abortion doctor who is accused of murdering babies, "born alive" during abortions. In order to conflate what happened in Gosnell's clinic with safe, legal abortion and, thus, advance their crusade to eliminate abortion, the anti-choice zealots accused the media of censoring the story. Fox immediately jumped into what wasn't a media blackout with commentary that pushed the pro-life propaganda. Fox even put together an emotionally charged, perjorative special report, praised by the anti-choicers, which used the trial to push the message that Gosnell represents "the reality of America's abortion industry." If that isn't pure propaganda, I don't know what is!
The Fox News website has a promotional video for their Gosnell special, which is titled "Gosnell's Case, The Reality of America's Abortion Industry." Most of the video, hosted by Bret Baier, has commentary from Fox News editor at large Peter Boyer who recently joined Fox after having been with the Daily Beast/Newsweek. Boyer's news creds are quite impressive; but in this video, he has apparently quaffed too much Fox News Kool-Aid. In providing some biographical information on Gosnell he described him as "the ultimate expression of what you could argue is the civil rights movement; but he was also on the edge of an almost radical vein of thought when it came to what he called women's health issues which became a kind of euphemism for the abortion right movement."
Excuse me? Women's health issues are a "euphemism" for abortion? So the uterus free Mr. Boyer doesn't think that abortion is related to women's health? Really? So Mr. Boyer doesn't think that an abortion that is done because the pregnancy threatens the life or (physical and mental) health of a woman is not related to the woman's health. Who knew!
But even worse is Fox News' assertion that Gosnell's filthy clinic is representative of all American abortion clinics. Perhaps the "fair & balanced" Fox News might take a look at clinics that provide safe and legal abortion and as such, are the "reality of abortion." Perhaps they might want to admit that lack of access to abortion, thanks to GOP laws which restrict abortion and put unnecessary regulations on abortion clinics, drives women to doctors like Gosnell. What Fox certainly won't admit is that if Roger Ailes and his "pro-life" pals get their way, there will be lots more Gosnells. As I well know from the pre-Roe days, the rich get rich and the poor get babies - or die in back alley abortions. You want to talk evil.....Once again, Fox News defends the unborn - women, not so much!
But neither of your comments make any sense. What do your comments have to do with Fox News’ misrepresentation of the facts around the Gosnell matter?
And why is it that FoxNoise doesn’t seem to be as interested in having OSHA do its job and overseeing the safety and well-being of factory workers as it is in protecting embryonic parasites that do nothing for this country’s economy? (In fact, I’d love to get into a debate with some of these “fair and balanced” Foxies using some of the right-wing’s favorite words—like “takers” and “users” and “addicts” and “leeches on the economy”—in relation to fetuses. Of course, I’d wait until the Foxies were in complete agreement with me regarding the horrific attitude that so many right-wing Americans have against all these “takers” before pointing out that my “takers” are fetuses. I’m not sure if I’d be able to clean my clothes from all the blood and gory bits after their heads exploded or if I’d just have to throw away those clothes.)
When dealing with friends of mine who fall for these memes, it’s always a big help to know the actual facts of the cases and to know just how the story was twisted.