The Daily Caller might be taking lessons from Andrew Breitbart. In a weirdly edited video, race car driver Danica Patrick was asked about the birth control mandate in the Affordable Healthcare Act. Because, I guess by being part of a sport where few women have ventured, she’s representative of all women?
In the video, she was asked, “As a Catholic, what do you think of Obama’s new rule that would make companies provide birth control?”
Her supposed answer, after a jumpy edit, was, “I leave it up to the government to make good decisions for Americans.”
Here’s the video:
Yeah, I’m more than just a little dubious of this video. First there was the suspicious edit, but even more importantly, the answer doesn’t fit the question. It simply sounds like she was parroting back some sort of right wing projection of what they think a liberal would say. If she did actually say those words, she is certainly not speaking for me, or for any liberal I know. We don’t want the government making personal decisions for us and we don’t want our employers making personal decisions for us.
Rush Limbaugh, who has seemingly never met a woman he didn’t hate (and proves so over and over again by marrying them), was one of the first to bitch about the video. His response, “What do you expect from a woman driver?” Classy.
In defense of the Daily Caller, Patrick hasn’t recanted the statement, but she did say that she stays away from politics on her Twitter feed. Whether the statement was in context or not, the Daily Caller has managed to paint her into a corner. Race car driving isn’t exclusively a conservative sport, but I would venture that she has more conservative fans than liberal. She has sponsorships to worry about. A recant of the statement will take some clever crafting. She certainly has the right to express her views, even if they do play right into a stupid right-wing narrative, but she’s a business woman. She is a bit of a feminist icon, but she’s also a swimsuit model and a race car driver. I would imagine that juggling these three images is a challenge and no matter how she responds to this “controversy,” she will alienate someone. Sometimes the most savvy move, even if misquoted, is to say nothing.
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