CNN is earning its nickname as “Fox Lite” more and more every single day it continues to employ people like Erick Erickson and today’s winner of the “most disgusting thing a human can say” award, Dana Loesch.
While railing against the opponents of Virginia’s brand new “Rape Law” that forces a doctor to insert a probe into a woman’s vagina as a prerequisite to performing an abortion, Dana Loesch let slip a statement that would not be out of place at an old white guy misogynist meeting:
That’s the big thing that progressives are trying to say, that it’s rape and so on and so forth. And in fact, this big battle that I’ve, uh, totally won with Keith Olbermann by the way, like, not only won once but twice and three times… uh, there were individuals saying, [high voice] “Oh what about the Virginia rape? The rapes that, the forced rapes of women who are pregnant?” What!?
Wait a minute, they had no problem having similar to a trans-vaginal procedure when they engaged in the act that resulted in their pregnancy.
Here’s the audio:
You don’t have to be a woman to see the glaring flaw in her otherwise perfect argument: Sex is voluntary, the GOP’s mandated, medically unnecessary violation is not. That a woman said this makes it even worse. This kind of callous indifference is par for the course from privileged conservative men but coming from a woman? That moves it from ignorant to cruel.
To make matters worse, as Loesch was bombarded with justified outrage on Twitter, her response was to deny that the law mandates the trans-vaginal probe. This is disingenuous on her part and here’s why. The object of the law is to intimidate women by showing them the fetus they are seeking to abort. The vast majority of abortions take place within the first trimester when the fetus is, at most, 2 inches long and that is only towards the very end of the trimester. In order to clearly see the fetus, which is the entire point of the law, a regular sonogram won’t be enough. Therefor, to comply with the cruel intent of this law, a trans-vaginal will be required. The law doesn’t specify the kind of sonogram but the result is the same: a woman will be forced to endure a trans-vaginal intrusion. The fact that Loesch is so insistent on this point suggests she is quite aware she is splitting hairs.
Just for fun, in the middle of her Twitter meltdown, Loesch decided to try a new talking point:
Because, in the mind of a conservative, rapes that occur near a rally or protest are inextricably linked to that event. It doesn’t matter that the police, no friend of the Occupy movement, have said, in every instance, that the rapes had nothing to do with the Occupiers other than proximity. Regardless, random rapes are the moral equivalent of forcing women to be penetrated against their will by order of the GOP. Makes perfect sense.
And because no low is low enough, this “journalist” on the once prestigious CNN attacked Charles Johnson, proprietor of littlegreenfootballs.com (a site not known to be a bastion of screaming liberalism), for daring to question Loesch:
Ah. We have lowered the level of discourse to calling people we don’t like pedophiles. What’s next for CNN? Fart jokes?
If CNN wants to retain a shred of credibility, it needs to clean house and drop the right wing ideologues it has burdened itself with. Fox works because Fox tells its viewers the lies they want to hear. CNN is supposed to be above this sort of pettiness. Loesch and her ilk will only drag CNN into the mud with them.