Feb
23
2012

Politico proves Gingrich’s point for him on Obama and the Born Alive Infant Protection Act.

Quite handily, in fact.

OK, if you followed the debate in Arizona last night then you got to see Newt Gingrich consume a moderator’s liver for what may be the last time.  The topic? Double standards in the media, particularly when it comes to ‘extremist’ positions.  The transcript is as follows:

GINGRICH: But I just want to point out, you did not once in the 2008 campaign, not once did anybody in the elite media ask why Barack Obama voted in favor of legalizing infanticide. OK? So let’s be clear here.

(APPLAUSE)

GINGRICH: If we’re going to have a debate about who the extremist is on these issues, it is President Obama who, as a state senator, voted to protect doctors who killed babies who survived the abortion. It is not the Republicans.

Note the (APPLAUSE). That’s because the audience of Arizona Republicans and conservatives knew exactly what Newt Gingrich was talking about; he was talking about Obama’s voting record against the Illinois version of the Born Alive Infant Protection Act (BAIPA) – which, by the way, was and is appalling of the President.  As those voters know quite well, as a state senator Barack Obama voted against an Illinois state bill that would have extended legal protections to children who survived a botched abortion.  An almost-identical version of the same bill passed on the federal level in 2002, and not even “FactCheck.org” can quite take seriously Obama’s claim that he would have supported that bill because it was significantly different*.

While Newt is slightly overstating the issue by claiming that nobody in the media ever brought it up – it was discussed at least once in July of 2008 on, ironically, CNN – his central point remains true.  This was an issue, one that conflicted with the preferred media narrative but fit the actual fact that Obama was largely a culture warrior as a State Senator.  The story never approached the front pages, and was thus kept out of the cleaner narrative picture Obama wanted painted.  There were some clear discrepancies in how the Obama campaign pushed back on this, discrepancies any decent reporter should have regarded as red meat to chew on, and the media… largely declined to push the issue.  At all.  Certainly not as much as they’ve harped on birth control in the last month or so.  And how do we know that this is true?

Because if it wasn’t true – if this issue had been adequately examined – then the Politico’s Alexander Burns would have been sufficiently aware of the issue to have correctly identified what Gingrich was talking about.  But because Burns, like most of the rest of Politico, lives and breathes the DC media bubble, he thought that Newt was referring to Obama’s position of partial birth abortion (note that the transcript that Burns referenced does not reference Obama’s controversial vote on the BAIPA at all, despite the fact that it was an issue in the 2004 Senate race).  This is not probably actually a case of maliciously getting the story wrong; people are usually smarter about doing that sort of thing.  No, this is just regular pig-ignorance and an inability to read/listen.

Oh, was that harsh?  It’s meant to be.  Again: Gingrich explicitly said that “If we’re going to have a debate about who the extremist is on these issues, it is President Obama who, as a state senator, voted to protect doctors who killed babies who survived the abortion.”  There’s no excuse whatsoever for Alexander Burns not to comprehend exactly what Newt Gingrich was talking about: which leads one to wonder what else the reporter’s gotten comprehensively wrong, over the years…

Moe Lane (crosspost)

*Note that “FactCheck.org” (scare quotes deliberate) did its level best to push back on the infanticide thing.  Shocker.

6 Comments

  • Catseye says:

    He not only proved that Gingrich was right, he proved that the MSM is ignorant, out of touch, and lazy all in one fell swoop. And they can’t understand why they would be so despised.

  • BigGator5 says:

    The Reality-Based Community has never let reality get in their way.

  • […] Moe Lane deals with the BAIPA issue. Newt is, for various legitimate reasons, almost certainly not going to be the nominee (in 2012, or ever), but he’s put on a clinic this campaign season on some of the crucial things Republicans have to do in debates, speeches and interviews, and one of those is his willingness to put out in the open the extent to which lines of questioning to Republicans and Democrats are asymmetrical and unstated assumptions are shared between the Democrats and the media. Newt’s approach should be studied by every future GOP campaign. […]

  • Cris says:

    At least once it was mentioned? hahahah Give me a break! Even is they mentioned it 10 times, such reporting is still equivalent to ignoring it. Today, we are in the middle of a primary, at the same time the country is crumpling and the world is in turmoil; yet every liberal media outlet has been hammering Santorum continuously, every hour of every day, for simply repeating the doctrine of the Catholic Church.

  • Jake Jacobs says:

    Moe:
    When you state the “Obama is a cultural warrior” you could not be more %100 spot on! Far too many Americas don’t realize that there is a “Cultural & Political War to Destroy our Republic under God!” & BHO is leading the Charge!

    Keep up the great writing! Jake

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