At first I thought this whole thing was just a joke. Not the budget business, but the laughable statements coming out of the right-wing idiosphere. For instance, Senator Jon Kyle (R- Arizonastan) claimed, on the floor of the U.S. Senate no less, that “If you want an abortion, you go to Planned Parenthood, and that’s well over 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does.” He said well over 90$ of what Planned Parenthood does is abortions. Well, that’s not exactly correct. Here’s what Planned Parenthood actually does:
See that little, tiny wedge down there in green? the one labeled “Abortion Services 3%”? That’s how wrong Jon Kyle was. Off by a piddly little 87%. But rather than be honest that he was just making stuff up as he went along, his office issued the following statement regarding his whopper saying it “was not intended to be a factual statement but rather to illustrate that Planned Parenthood, an organization that receives millions in taxpayer dollars, does subsidize abortions.” Right. Well, at least he was honest about the fact that his statements are not intended to be factual, since they rarely are.
But a U.S. Republican Senator outright manufacturing fake statistics on the floor of the Senate is not really news, is it? The next time one of them actually tells the truth, that might be news.
And speaking of news, or, more accurately, the Not-News Channel, Faux which has an even worse track record than Senator Kyle, here comes “Fox and Friends” — which I call Fox and Fiends” with possibly the most outrageous and stupendously stupid exchange of the week — and the bar is pretty high on that one when it comes to Faux Newz folks. Just watch.
That’s right, these guys just said that women can get all these services like Pap Smears and Breast Exams at Walgreens. Watch the reaction of the couch-decoration in the middle. She hardly blinks. Stares right at Steve Doocey, not even able to look at what’s-his-idiot that made the Walgreens comment.
While it may be true that Republican’s prefer to get their prostate exams in Airport restrooms, that does not mean that women should be expected to jump up on the counter at Walgreens. How abjectly stupid does one have to be to make such a comment? I hope they came home to their wives wearing this T-Shirt at the end of the day:
On the off-chance that their wives could find it. Or want to. Frankly, I’m surprised every Republican isn’t walking around doubled-over after the outright assault on women in which they have engaged recently. It’s shameful. It’s outrageous. It is amazing that the media and the voters are letting them get away with it.
But if these bobble-heads at Faux thing medical care at Walgreens is such a good idea, let’s see them all line up at the pharmacy counter for a colonoscopy or a prostate exam. I think it’s high time we have a law in this country similar to Canada’s which states that you cannot call yourself a news organization if you intentionally lie or mislead your viewers. It’s why Fox cannot get a license to broadcast in Canada. Canada’s Radio Act requires that “a licenser may not broadcast … any false or misleading news.” Fox News tried to get the provision repealed so they could broadcast in Canada, but they failed. They cannot get a license there. What does that tell you about what they broadcast here? Right. It’s lies and misinformation and propaganda.
Finally, the most trusted name in Cable News, Comedy Central, had, of course, a wonderful piece on this whole thing via Stephen Colbert. I’ll leave you with that so that you will be able to laugh, rather than looking for this key on your computer.
Why is it that a supposed ‘News’ channel is mostly comedy, and a Comedy channel has the best news? Truly a sad state of affairs.