Sunday, May 1, 2011

Biased Politico spins Gov. Palin's Bethesda speech

"Planned Parenthood doesn't empower women"
Politico purchased a ticket to hear Sarah Palin speak at Saturday night's "Heroes Among Us" event in Bethesda, Maryland, but the biased and incompetent publication still managed to get a key fact wrong in its story. Politico reporter Jedd Rosche described the event as a "Jews for Sarah gathering" and seemed to find it significant that "she never mentioned Israel during her remarks." The event was actually a fundraiser for Heroic Media, the shabbaton sponsored by Jews for Sarah being complimentary to her appearance at the fundraiser.

Rosche was probably too fixated on portraying Gov. Palin as boastful to bother with such mundane details as who sponsored the event and what it was about. He used the word "boasts" in his headline and "boasted" in the lede to his article, referring to the governor's remark that she could have attended the White House Correspondents' Dinner Saturday evening, but she chose instead to spend her time at the pro-life event. Leave it to Palin-bashing Politico to twist Sarah Palin's statement about the importance of the cause of life just to make her appear to be prideful.

We can only hope Politico's crack reporter managed to get the quotes in these excerpts correct:
... she stumped hard against Planned Parenthood and abortion rights advocates, encouraging her listeners to continue fighting for "positive pro-life messages" in the media.

"We're not going to be absent from that arena," she said. "I think we kind of want to infiltrate it. We want to get in there and affect that change."

Palin praised Heroic Media's advertising against abortion, on billboards, online and in social media. She also presented an award to Lila Rose, the videographer and activist who did a video sting operation against Planned Parenthood and worked with James O'Keefe on his sting against ACORN.

"Planned Parenthood doesn't empower women, or offer women who find themselves in less than ideal circumstances any kind of real choice," she said. "What they offer is not real choice or female health care."
- JP

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