There's this congressman running for Senate in Missouri named Todd Akin and he actually is favored over incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill, as she is unpopular in her home state that has grown quite a bit more Republican since her first election in 2006. Anyway, on Sunday, Akin was on a talk show and asked whether he would outlaw abortion in cases of rape and he said something to the effect of "if it's a legitimate rape the woman's body can shut that down and prevent the pregnancy." And he went on to say that the rapist should be punished not the "unborn child" (or as we in the actual world that believes in science call it "a mass of cells"). In other words, no abortion in rape cases and that women don't get pregnant when raped (by the way, I read a study yesterday that between 5 and 6% of rape victims end in pregnancy, so yeah, idiot).
So on Rachel Maddow's show last night, she showed a whole series of Republicans, going back to the '90s, that voiced the same "a woman can magically stop a pregnancy when being raped" opinion based on nothing but the voices in their all-male heads and other Republicans who doubted how many "legitimate" rapes there were. Maddow also noted that every single House Republican, including VP nominee Paul Ryan, signed a bill last year that outlawed abortion in every single case, including rape or incest or the life of the mother. Ryan hasn't wavered from his "no abortion ever" stance since he first came into office. Mitt Romney had, at least until Akin spoke up, supported the same exact position.
That's the background. So today's USA Today had a news article about Akin, which basically stated all the facts of the first paragraph above and mentioned all the Republicans who have denounced Akin and pulled money from him to try to get him to quit the race in this very important state (by the way, a poll out today still has him up by a point even after those comments). But USA Today did not mention anything in the 2nd paragraph above.
And isn't that more important? Isn't it important for readers to know that the appalling position taken by this nut job senate candidate is the actual exact position of everyone in the Republican party, including the VP and Presidential nominee? Shouldn't the news mention that? If it's so appalling for him to state out loud his opinion about the chances of pregnancy during a rape and how he would pass a law making the victim give birth to the rapist's child, then shouldn't the news at least mention that every other elected Republican believes the exact same thing???? Hey, I know there is a huge swath of conservatives who agree with Akin and don't really even believe women get raped at all but the rest of the country -- the not paying attention part who might have happened upon a USA Today article -- shouldn't they actually learn some facts that would sway their opinion, even if they live outside of Missouri and can't vote against Akin?
The "mainstream" news media has to be the #1 reason why our country continues to be in such bad economic and social shape and keeps electing nut jobs. Maybe things could improve if for once the "impartial" news media stood up and said "Hey look at what the Republicans are actually supporting -- if you get raped and your "female body parts" don't fight back, you gotta carry that rapist's baby to term and if you don't have a job we won't give you a penny to help raise it or feed it or care for it while you find a job and healthcare for the baby? you're on your own… and we aren't going to raise the minimum wage either so good luck buying baby food on your salary, and college loans…haha that's funny, you're on your own. educating the baby in primary or secondary school -- well, we think teachers are overpaid union thugs and you should send your rape baby to private school -- can't afford it? sorry, here's a voucher -- wait, that doesn't pay for the private school? -- sorry, you're on your own, we have to cut Mitt Romney's taxes by hundreds of millions of dollars next year."
THESE ARE ALL ACTUAL POSITIONS OF ALMOST EVERYONE IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY INCLUDING ROMNEY, RYAN, BOEHNER, CANTOR, MCCONNELL, AND YES TODD AKIN. If you agree with that philosophy of governing, hey that's fine, but no way more than 30% of Americans believe that crap so why do they have so much power?!!! Do your fucking job media. I shouldn't have to go to Rachel Maddow or Daily Kos to learn that Paul Ryan was a co-sponsor of a bill outlawing abortion in all cases with no exception and it was the 3rd law proposed by this Congress in 2010 -- the 3rd piece of legislation they undertook after being elected on "jobs, jobs, jobs." That should be repeated every single day in the USA Today. That's not biased. That's stating facts. Yes, the facts are biased against the Republican Party but that is exactly how they keep getting people like Todd Akin elected... no one is telling the rest of us the facts!! Fuck. I give up. I'm back on hiatus….
There is no daylight at all between Todd Akin's position on abortion and the GOP's official position on abortion:
The Republican Party is once again set to enshrine into its official platform support for "a human life amendment" to the Constitution that would outlaw abortion without making explicit exemptions for rape or incest, according to draft language of the platform obtained exclusively by CNN late Monday.
"Faithful to the 'self-evident' truths enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, we assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed," the draft platform declares. "We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment's protections apply to unborn children."