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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

THE SILENCE IS DEAFENING


FIXED NOISE AVOIDS RAPE COMMENTS BY GOP

Indiana GOP Senate candidate Richard Mourdock ignited a media firestorm after he called pregnancies that result from rape “a gift from God.” Mourdock stood by his comments during a press conference Wednesday morning. The outcry has elicited defenses from the "binders full O' women" campaign and the teapublican Senate Campaign Committee, while other teabillies including Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Indiana gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence distanced themselves from Mourdock. Yet, amidst the hubbub, Faux News has chosen to stay silent on the controversy.



As of 1:30 pm today, Faux News had not mentioned Richard Mourdock or the word “rape” in connection to Mourdock even once. In comparison, other cable networks are covering Mourdock and the fallout from his comments exhaustively. MSNBC mentioned “rape” in 15 segments about Mourdock, while CNN mentioned it 22 times.



CABLE NEWS RAPE REPORT BY THE NUMBERS


Silence seems to be Fixed Noises favored tactic for dealing with stories that may be unpalatable for conservatives. When Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) made his highly-covered blunder, claiming that women could not get pregnant from “legitimate rape,” Faux barely mentioned his name. Though Fux Ewes may continue to ignore these controversies, stories of teapublican candidates’ extreme positions on abortion and contraception are becoming all too common in the news cycle.


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