When women's health clinics are attacked by anti-choice zealots, such as the Montana abortion clinic that was recently forced to close after having been vandalized by an anti-choice activist, Fox & Friends ignores it. When crazed anti-choicers get sentenced to 10 years in prison for plotting to shoot up Planned Parenthood clinics, Fox & Friends ignores it. But when an anti-choice protestor gets hassled, Fox & Friends takes notice. This morning, Steve Doocy hosted two members of a radical anti-choice group, Created Equal who are known for their grisly signs of aborted fetuses. This week, a couple of their members were accosted by a woman who was charged with assault and criminal damaging - a martyrdom story all the rage in anti-choice circles with the meme being that it's pro-choicers who are violent. So as the morning media mouthpiece for those who are waging a war on reproductive choice, it's not surprising that Fox & Friends is pimping that very meme!
Steve Doocy, a devout conservative Catholic, who has been part of the Fox & Friends promotion of the Catholic bishops opposition to the ACA's birth control mandate and who actively promotes anti-choice talking points, introduced the story with his lede, "caught on camera." After describing how a "pro-life activist" came "under attack on the street," he played video of a woman getting in the face (First Amendment right) of one of these zealots whose mission is to "end the greatest human rights injustice of our times." Doocy added that the woman "who attacked" the protester claims that she was defending herself and didn't like being taped.
After introducing his Created Equal guests, Doocy did his patented "summary" of the situation. He described how the group was "trying to engage people in a dialogue about abortion " and tossed to his guests. Seth Drayer talked about how he was leading his team of interns to in "creating conversations" when he heard this woman yelling at one of his interns. He said that when he began filming, the woman slapped his hand with the camera and yelled at him. The chyron framed the Fox message that anti-choicers are just the poor, innocent victims of pro-choice violence: "Abortion activist attacks: woman is seen yelling and kicking down signs." The next chyron established, as Fox Fact, "Pro-choice violence: Drayer, she pushed me into a stationary bus."
Video of the woman, claiming First Amendment protections, was shown. Her name was provided just so the nice Christian pro-lifers now know to whom to send the death threats. As she spoke, more anti-choice agitprop: "How's this for tolerance, attacker claims she has no regrets." Doocy, in countering her claim that the group had no right to tape her, "explained" that the group wears cameras to protect themselves. Mark Harrington said that her First Amendment rights don't give her the rights to interfere with theirs.
Shaking his head, Doocy whined that even though the woman has been charged, "she's not remorseful at all" and asked if the group would consider dropping charges if she apologizes. Harrington said that they would because they're forgiving Christians. When Doocy praised the calmness of the intern and said that he would have "let her have it." Drayer spoke about how they train their workers to diffuse anger. Doocy concluded with "you're just trying to get the message out in Cleveland that abortion is not right." The chyron reinforced the message of pro-choice violence: "Not backing down, Drayer, we refuse to be bullied."
Maybe Doocy should take a ride by a Planned Parenthood and see his fellow "pro-life" Christians in action. What is experienced, by women trying to access what is their legal right, makes this "attack" (unjustifiable as it was) seem like a walk in the park. Not only do clinic patients have to dodge those who are trying to shove anti-choice propaganda into their hands, but they have to listen to shouts (killing your baby being one of the more popular) meant to shame and intimidate them. Maybe Doocy should consider that every doctor who performs abortion lives with the threat that they could be murdered, by those who are "pro-life," at any time. But Doocy had a message - pro-choicers are violent - and he delivered it with aplomb!
I don’t want to engage in a conversation with you. No, not because you’re right and I have no recourse but to agree with you because I’m such a stupid liberal who enjoys twirling dead babies from their unattached umbilical cords over my head, and you have confronted me with how much this offends you.
The reason I don’t want to engage in a conversation with you is because you don’t actually want to engage in a conversation with me. You just want to shame me into believing what you believe, and if I don’t, it’s because you were right all along. This is the attitude of an immature seventh grader, and I refuse to present my side to those who refuse to listen.
I believe The Bible, which I am a big fan of by the way, says something about, “Pearls before Swine.” Yes, that can apply to you as well……..Think about it.
Oh, and since you’re such big believers in “The Family” please go home and revisit your Mother. She will very likely tell you that starting up a conversation with a total stranger who is not interested and doesn’t have time to talk, is, in fact, just plain rude.
Thank you for your time……Now, please go back to telling me how Pro Life you are, as you support the uninhibited, borderline psychotic translation of The Second Amendment.