Is Fox's river of misinformation a result of omission (bad research teams) or commission (deliberate withholding of vital facts)? Reason I'm asking is that Tucker Carlson recently pimped a typical persecuted Christian story (and some anti-choice agitprop) without adding that it all ended happily ever after!
On Saturday's Fox & Friends, Carlson reported that Office Depot might be facing a lawsuit after they refused to allow a woman to copy flyers that were critical of Planned Parenthood. The banner: "Forbidden Flyers, Office Depot Denies Anti-Planned Parenthood." After noting that the store claimed that her material "persecuted" those who are pro-choice, he introduced the poor, pro-life Christian Maria Goldstein and her lawyer.
As the atiprop banner reinforced the persecuted pro-life Christian message, "Outrageous Refusal, Woman Denied From Printing Prayer Flyers," Goldstein described her ordeal. Carlson assured us that Goldstein's flyer, an anti-abortion "prayer" composed by the radical anti-choice and Fox fave Fr. Frank Pavone, was not advocating violence. (The "prayer" includes a reference to the debunked claim that Planned Parenthood "sells" "baby body parts.") The banner kept the agitprop going: "Justified or Just Crazy? Planned Parenthood Fact & Prayer Sheet Denied."
In keeping with Fox News' promotion of the discredited anti-Planned Parenthood sting videos, Goldstein segued into the anti-choice lie that in one of the videos, a "technician" claimed that she saw a live aborted baby about to be dissected - a lie that, BTW, GOP rising star Carly Fiorina pimped in last night's debate. She said that "in light of this" video, "strong words are called for and a prayer for their conversion." Carlson, "ya think."
Doing his sacred duty to assist Fox News in its mission to promote anti-choice propaganda and lies, Carlson asked Goldstein if "Christians will take note of this, that Office Depot is saying that anybody who opposes Planned Parenthood's sale of baby parts is a bigot?" Carlson's comment successfully advanced the Fox/Center for Medical Progress' bogus bullshit about how Planned Parenthood "sells" (it donates) fetal tissue from aborted fetuses (not "babies").
Goldstein responded that this has "been all over the media." The banner maintained the message of patented Fox outrage: "Outrageous Refusal, Woman Denied From Printing Prayer Fliers." The devout Catholic Goldstein described how she is "pro-woman" because she harangues "counsels" women going into abortion clinics.
So the evil Office Depot was "denied" her opportunity to print her prayer, right? Wrong! The Chicago Tribune (as well as other sources including one which is pro-life), reported, on FRIDAY, one day before this Fox & Friends show, that Office Depot apologized to Goldstein and offered to print her flyers. Somehow, neither Carlson nor Goldstein bothered to mention that. I guess they just forgot? Seriously, is there any question as to why Fox viewers are uninformed?
At best, they’re pro-fetus, Once the fetus pops out, the now-infant is left to its own devices or as best as the parents can deal. (And, even their pro-fetus stand is marginal. They’re certainly NOT supportive of the pregnant woman’s right to decent prenatal care. You know, care which would ensure a healthy fetus which would turn into a healthy baby..)
At worst, they’re anti-choice (or, pro-forced birth).
But NOT “pro-life.”
They seemed pretty much in favor of businesses that didn’t want to deal with same-sex couples seeking cakes and photography for their same-sex weddings. And they seemed pretty supportive of Chik-fil-a when its owner was discovered to have been donating money to anti-gay groups.
So, why is it FoxNoise suddenly decides that businesses are obligated to do work to which they may object?
Oh. That’s right. I keep forgetting. Businesses only have a right to discriminate when it discriminates against gays and Muslims—not when it discriminates against radical anti-abortion “Christians.”
As for Carlson? I can’t even look at him anymore. He’s on his way out, he knows it, so he’s heading down the path of Coulter. Once he hits the line, he’ll be gone fairly quick, and I don’t want to give him more press than quick mentions of the worst incidents while I wait.