How the NY Times frames the debate on the HHS mandate
The following excerpts come from a March 13 post on Get Religion.com.
Now that we’re approaching two months of lopsided coverage on the matter, and just after a couple of weeks of particularly histrionic “war on women” coverage, I wanted to point out a couple of stories as well as a couple of polls.
Last week, Karen Tumulty had a story in the Washington Postabout how the contraception battle is supposedly devastating Republican candidates. The phrase “religious freedom” does appear in the story. Once. In the 30th paragraph. It includes such lines as “But many Republicans are beginning to wish they had never waded into what has become a heated conversation over contraception, who should have it and what it says about people who use it.” Yeah, that kind of story.
On Sunday, the New York Times ran a somewhat bizarre story which required eight reporters to find five women who say that they may not vote or, if they do, they may not vote Republican. It includes frequent uses of the word “some” (and other marks of high precision) and lines such as this “The sudden return of the ‘culture wars’ over the rights of women and their place in society has resulted, the women said, in a distinct change in mood in the past several weeks.” Their place in society? Oh do simmer down, eight reporters for the New York Times.
Check this paragraph out:
To what extent women feel alienated remains unclear: most interviews for this article were conducted from a randomly generated list of voters who had been surveyed in a recent New York Times/CBS News poll, and their responses are anecdotal, not conclusive. But the latest comments from the Republican candidates and in the right-wing media, aimed at energizing the party’s conservative base, have been enraging to some women.
So the New York Times ran a push poll, essentially. And even then they weren’t that successful.
OK, so you know what you’re supposed to think, if you read the Washington Post and the New York Times: those ladies with their lady parts are taking to their fainting couches over the GOP’s war on women. And women don’t care about religious liberty or any other issue. They’re really motivated by hyped up stories about contraception.
So how devastated are the Republican candidates? How much of a bump is President Obama seeing in these polls? First, we’ll look at the Boston Globe, which writes about how Elizabeth “contraception” Warren isn’t faring as well as she’d hoped against Sen. Scott “religious liberty” Brown.
If several of the recent polls are correct, Brown may have benefited from his positions on social issues in the last few weeks, such as the one over whether Catholic institutions should be forced to provide contraception in their health care plans for workers….
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