Few artificially constructed liberal media narratives have collapsed as quickly as the Sandra Fluke affair, which is detonating in liberal faces with the force of Elmer Fudd’s explosive munitions.
The core problem with the narrative is simple enough to diagnose, provided you’re not a blinkered liberal driven mad with bloodlust because you think Rush Limbaugh might finally have suffered a mortal wound. Stage One of the affair was patently ludicrous testimony from Fluke, delivered to a phony press conference designed to look like a congressional hearing. When people started scratching their heads and wondering where she could possibly have gotten her silly thousand-dollar-per-year birth control costs from, and further asking why anyone should be compelled to finance anyone else’s private sex life at any price, Limbaugh delivered his now-infamous “slut” satire, and a golden opportunity to change the subject was perceived.
The problem with Stage Two is that it morphed into the Democrats’ lunkheaded “War on Women” narrative, a broad attempt to silence not just Limbaugh, but all of the Left’s enemies. This ridiculous over-reach ignored three salient facts, whose jaws are now sunk deep into the Left’s posterior:
1. What Limbaugh actually said was fairly mild, and his satirical take on Fluke’s testimony was not far from the “you gotta be kidding me” reaction most normal people had upon hearing that birth control is now claimed as a “basic human right,” more important than religious and economic freedom. Perhaps the word “slut” was inappropriate, as Limbaugh conceded in his apology for deploying the term, but few fair-minded people were going to see it as a career-ending offense, and their annoyance at the word was not going to distract them from the weakness of Fluke’s argument indefinitely.
2. Sandra Fluke is a fraud, a professional leftist agitator posing as a college student. She enrolled at Georgetown with the specific goal of picking a fight over contraceptive funding. It turns out she’s getting pro-bono publicity representation from a heavily Obama-connected high-powered firm called SKDKnickerbocker, whose managing editor is no less than the former communications director for the Obama White House, Anita Dunn. Jeff Poor at the Daily Caller reports on Bill O’Reilly’s breaking of this story on Fox News:
“As we reported last night ‘The Factor’ believes Sandra Fluke contraception controversy was manufactured to divert attention away from the Obama administration’s disastrous decision to force non-Catholic organizations to provide insurance coverage for birth control and the ‘morning after’ pill. That might very well be unconstitutional.”
“Anyway, we’re having trouble tracking down just who is sending Sandra around to the media,” he continued. “It’s very strange. So far, the 30-year-old activist has appeared on eight national news programs where she was not challenged at all. Last week we called Sandra on her cell phone and invited her on ‘The Factor.’ She didn’t call back. Very unusual.”
O’Reilly also said there was a man named Mike who was pushing her out to the media, but that no last name or contact information had been given.
“There was no other public contact for the woman,” he said. “Just her cell phone. A man named Mike has booked her on a few programs, but we can’t even get his last name. And Mike doesn’t provide call-back numbers with those to whom he speaks. So Mike, who are you? And why the subterfuge?”
Why indeed? And, in the question normal people (i.e. non-liberals) were bound to start asking eventually, how bad can the condom crunch for university students be, if no actualimpoverished co-eds ever came forward to complain about it? This whole thing couldn’t be more orchestrated if Obama himself was standing just off-stage and waving a baton. The Left should have realized that the death of its absolute media dominance made it impossible for them to keep this kind of stage production running for longer than a couple of days.
Wouldn’t it be nice if the families of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and ICE Agent Jaime Zapata, both killed by Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder’s “Fast and Furious” gun-running program, could get personal phone calls from the President, and free publicity services from a massive agency run by Obama’s former communications director?
3. Most importantly, what liberals forgot in their zeal to manufacture and retail the Fluke story is that real vicious misogynists are all over the Left. The disgusting utterances of people like Ed Schultz and Bill Maher are light-years worse than anything Limbaugh ever said. They got away with it because they’re lazy, and accustomed to a slavishly biased media refusing to ever call them on it, because liberals deeply believe that having the correct politics inoculates them from accusations of hate-mongering. They keep forgetting that normal people don’t see it that way. Having been told that Rush Limbaugh is the Devil because he used the word “slut,” they quite reasonably want to know why Democrats shouldn’t be held accountable for supporting creeps like Maher.
Liberal columnist Kirsten Powers has been making the same point over at the Daily Beast, which also features the work of Andrew Sullivan, whose unhinged crusade to question whether Sarah Palin is actually the mother of Trig Palin is a matter of legend. Powers might be one intellectually consistent column away from being formally stripped of her womanhood and declared a conservative.
But even Maher pales beside vile “comedian” Louis C.K. – who was, bizarrely, selected to host the Radio and TV Congressional Correspondents’ Dinner this year. Fox News host Greta van Susteren announced on her blog Thursday night that she would be boycotting the dinner:
Another pig….and a media association has hired the pig, Louis C.K., to be their headliner for the big media dinner? Really? I am not going. I refuse to go. Everyone in the media should join me in this boycott.
The headliner of this year’s Radio and Television Correspondents Dinner is “comedian” Louis C.K. Comedian? I don’t think so. Pig? yes.
He uses filthy language about women…..yes, the C word…and yes, even to describe a woman candidate for Vice President of the United States. It isn’t just Governor Palin he denigrates. He denigrates all women and looks to the crowd to laugh.
I refuse to show any support for this guy or for the Radio and Television Correspondents Association Dinner Committee who hired him. I think the organization that hired him is just as bad as he is. It is no secret that he denigrates women.
Van Susteren backs this up by quoting exactly what Louis C.K. has said. She uses asterisks to sanitize some of the saltier language, but it’s still revolting. If you want to read it, with this disclaimer in mind, click here to read her blog, and scroll down until you see the red text.
Liberals are losing the Fluke battle on every front, and their losses have only just begun. Stage-managed phony “controversies” and media-driven mindless stampedes are the sort of thing that got America into its current desperate shape. The abandonment of both liberty and critical thinking skills went hand-in-hand. If Americans are unwilling to accept continuing treatment as a herd of witless infants, the Left is in very deep trouble.