Of all the religion-ghost-haunted social issues stories out there, abortion has the longest history of mainstream media problems. Our credibility when it comes to reporting on abortion has taken a rather serious hit this year. Gushing about an abortion filibuster, neglecting to provide important national context, and failing to ask tough questions of activists on one side isn???t exactly helping the journalism situation.
No it’s not. With all the adulation thrown at Texas state senator Wendy Davis’ efforts to temporarily hold up a Texas abortion bill — the Washington Post says she’s filibustered “her way to Democratic stardom???! — mainstream media outlets, apparently, haven’t had the time to point out the transparent hypocrisy of Democrats in the United States Senate.
Today, Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) sent a congratulation letter to Davis on behalf of 26 Democratic colleagues, stating: “Thank you for your courage and determination in defeating S.B. 5, a bill that would have severely limited women???s reproductive choices in Texas.”
In the Senate, Jeanne Shaheen supports doing away with the filibuster, for God’s skake.
Anyone following Washington these past few years has read about the ugly and intractable problem America faces ??? Republicans standing in the way of majoritarian rule and the will of the American people. Their obstructionism is facilitated by the filibuster in the Senate and by the House failing to rubber stamp policy the Senate chucks its way. Or, as Greg Sargent of the Washington Post likes to put it, it’s ???nihilism.???
Filibusters, according to Democrats at least, are courageous when employed to defend “reproductive choices” but cowardly and corrosive to fabric of government when used to defend the Second Amendment. As a person who believes democracy should be undermined whenever possible, I’m not upset that an individual takes a stand against the majority (even if I disagree with her cause; as I do in this case). I just wonder what excuse these Democrats have? And more importantly, why no one with access will ask them?
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