How many of you saw the news last week about outraged congresswomen who stormed out of the congressional hearing on the contraceptive mandate? I did. I also saw Nancy Pelosi and a host of others angrily denouncing the fact that there were no women represented on the panel. So they decried the panel as a sham and as a threat to women’s rights. Essentially, they were saying this:
This hubbub about the HHR mandate is just a bunch of men trying to deprive women of their contraceptives. Women beware! They’re coming for your contraceptives too!
Nevermind that the claim was untrue. These pro-choice politicians found willing partners in the mainstream media who swallowed the feminist narrative hook, line, and sinker. And here’s the picture that was aired on every television station to drive the point home.
No reporters seemed to ponder the possibility that the feminists might have an agenda to deflect attention from the real point of the panel—the violation of religious liberty in the President’s new healthcare law. Nor did the various news outlets give much attention at all to a photo of the second panel that addressed congress:
I would like to think that you didn’t see the second photo because it was a secret meeting and the media didn’t know about it. But we all know that’s not the case. The media were willing accomplices of the feminist narrative. The first photo supported that narrative, but the second one didn’t. So you didn’t see the second photo. They wanted the optics to serve a particular agenda, and it worked.
The violation of religious liberty was completely pushed out the frame by the pro-abortionists. And that, my friends, is what it means to get spun.
(HT: Gina Dalfonzo)