From the Right Side of Campus

Month: February 2012

Ben Smith, Obama’s Opposition to Born Alive, and the Media

A strange thing happened during last week’s debate. One of the candidates actually brought up what could be President Obama’s least covered but most controversial on the record stance ever. The candidate was Newt Gingrich and Obama’s stance was against the Illinois Born Alive Infants Protection Act: After that moment though something a bit more predictable happened. Ben Smith, formerly of Politico and now the head of Buzzfeed’s political reporting operation, immediately tweeted out a defense of President Obama by lumping him in with a larger group of critics: Obama opposed a “born alive” bill that, critics said, went well

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Ben Smith, Obama’s Opposition to Born Alive, and the Media – Email Transcript

Stephen Gutowski: Hello Ben, Here is the full transcript of the Illinois General Assembly for April 4th, 2002 and the relevant section is from page 31 to 34: http://www.ilga.gov/senate/transcripts/strans92/ST040402.pdf His argument includes the idea that Born Alive could somehow outlaw abortions all together but it also goes well beyond. He worries about the kind of burden the Born Alive Act would put on the abortionist since it would require a doctor to check the health of any baby that had survived the induced abortion. He basically argues that the abortionist, who is actively trying to abort the child in question,

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The Gacy Clown Defense

I’ve seen a lot of what I like to call “the Gacy Clown Defense” in this Komen/Planned Parenthood affair so I’ve decided to detail exactly what the Gacy Clown Defense is. It’s really quite simple and its failing is quite obvious but it’s used all the time to defend the country’s largest abortion mill. Heck, it’s even employed by some prominent bloggers I generally enjoy reading. The Gacy Clown Defense is when you try to nullify shockingly horrible things someone or some organization has done or is doing by invoking their charity. In the case of John Wayne Gacy the

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