Yesterday, Ed Morrissey blatantly lied about Sandra Fluke, claiming the following: “However, let’s keep in mind that it was Fluke who made her sexual activity a matter of national political debate…”
This is a lie, and there is no other way to put it. Nowhere in her testimony did she mention her sex life or her sexual activities. She just didn’t. Read the transcript for yourself, and then tell me whether she is gay or straight, celibate, a virgin, in a current relationship, or even the most basic details of her sexual life and activities. You can’t, because she didn’t discuss that at all. Ed Morrissey is simply lying.
So I called him on it. I generously offered to write a check to the RNC for $1000.00 if Ed would show me where in the testimony Miss Fluke discussed her sexual activites. This is his failure of a response:
Speaking of obtuse, one lib blogger and his followers have been polluting my twitter timeline with a stupid “bet” challenge (shades of Mitt Romney!) saying that Fluke didn’t discuss her sex life with Congress. Here’s the testimony Fluke gave, in which she offered story after story about how her friends couldn’t afford contraception despite having decided to go to a law school run by Jesuits that costs tens of thousands of dollars each year, and which concluded with this passage in demanding that government force insurers, employers and her Catholic law school provide contraception for free:
“In the media lately, some conservative Catholic organizations have been asking what did we expect when we enroll in a Catholic school?
“We can only answer that we expected women to be treated equally, to not have our school create untenable burdens that impede our academic success.
“We expected that our schools would live up to the Jesuit creed of ‘cura personalis‘ – to care for the whole person – by meeting all of our medical needs.
“We expected that when we told our universities of the problem this policy created for us as students, they would help us.
“We expected that when 94% of students oppose the policy the university would respect our choices regarding insurance students pay for – completely unsubsidized by the university.=
“We did not expect that women would be told in the national media that we should have gone to school elsewhere.
“And even if that meant going to a less prestigious university, we refuse to pick between a quality education and our health. And we resent that in the 21st century, anyone think it’s acceptable to ask us to make this choice simply because we are women.[“]
In case they missed this in English class, we is a self-inclusive pronoun. Otherwise, the correct pronoun would have been they. And in the real world, contraception involves sexual activity. No one was talking about the sex life of Georgetown law school students until Fluke made it an issue and claimed to represent the group, including herself.
This is what liars look like when they are confronted with the truth. First the condescending bluster- I’m just “one lib blogger.” I’m beneath him. Why, he is Ed Morrissey of the Hot Air network. Ed Morrissey has known me by name for ten years. We used to link to each other frequently, and I was a commenter on his blog. But caught in a lie, he needs to bluster his way through it. Second, this was not a bet like Mitt Romney. I don’t want his money. I’m offering to donate to a cause of his liking if he will just back up his rhetoric. I feel pretty safe with my money, btw, because Ed cannot back up his lie.
The rest of it is just incomprehensible gibberish, followed with some more condescension, and then the magical decision that any discussion of contraception involves a discussion of your sex life and therefore we can conclude someone is a slut and it is their fault because they mentioned birth control. Got it? By Ed’s logic, any anti-abortion activist who testifies in front of congress has opened up a public debate on their sex life, because abortion involves sex at some point. He can’t possibly be this stupid.
He’s still lying. Why? I don’t know. Just admit you were wrong and move on.
*** Update ***
From the comments:
So the bishops, priests, and other men who testified about birth control are sluts? And their sex life is fair game for discussion?
Guess so, if we apply the Special Ed illogic.
Are you beginning to understand why Republicans dumped Perry in part because he thought it was a good idea to vaccinate young women?