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Columnist Marc H. Rudov calls them the “fascist feminists.” These are the feminists in the media and elsewhere who detest Sarah Palin because of her role as a successful wife and mother and defender of the unborn. Palin’s decision to have a Down syndrome child, when 90 percent of these children are being aborted in the womb, has proven in dramatic terms not only that there are articulate pro-life women in America but that there are women who will take a leadership role on “culture of life” issues of concern to millions. And this one could be vice-president of the United States.

It could be the story of our lifetimes, something that could be historical in nature and a lesson for generations to come.

With the Palin pick, a loving and caring pro-life mother has been offered to the American people and especially young women as a role model in the political arena. An article distributed by Catholic News Service noted in a headline that Sarah Palin is a politician who “lives her truth” and “walks the walk.” Don’t expect to see any stories like this in the secular “progressive” media.

The feminists and their allies in the media, who treat abortion as a human right, when abortion destroys basic human rights, are on the defensive. Their vicious attacks have already generated a backlash in her favor. But the controversy goes far beyond Palin and the fate of those, now some 40 million, who have lost their lives through abortion. What will we as a society do with the increasing numbers of elderly Americans with health problems? Will they be directed into a national health care plan that rations care, treatments or medicine?

Meanwhile, the culture war is back, and it is clear that most of the controversy over Palin is being driven largely by feminists in the media. On MSNBC, a lesbian feminist, Rachel Maddow, is leading the assault. She is the latest addition to the far-left lineup at this poor excuse for a cable “news” channel.

“This intragender war marks the official unmasking of fascist feminism,” Rudov writes in his insightful article on the website. Palin “rose from hockey mom to state governor without affirmative action,” he notes, and has “proved publicly that women can succeed without being victims.”

What’s more, notes Rudov, “Sarah Palin has achieved success while expressing love and admiration for her husband, anathema to the misandrist underpinning of fascistic feminism.”

The Rights Of The Disabled

Beyond her role as a pro-life mother who loves her husband, Palin is a reminder to the feminists that what they are screaming for in the battle for the right to “choice” is not only a human life but in many cases a disabled child, one of the most innocent and defenseless among us.

As George Will noted in a column, “Eugenics by Abortion,” abortion of Down syndrome children has become part of an insidious quest for a “disability-free society.” Will has a personal interest in this debate and has written about the ongoing attack in America on a whole “category of citizens”—those with Down syndrome. The elderly could be the next in line. After all, why else did Democratic Party moneybags George Soros initiate a $45- million “Project on Death in America” and promote euthanasia and assisted suicide?

Palin is a target and possibly in harm’s way because she is being perceived as someone who can take a bold stand against George Soros and his nightmare vision and turn the country around on such critical issues.

The Palin Phenomenon

Evidence of her striking a chord with ordinary Americans is already starting to emerge. Consider what happened in Washington County, Pa., when Palin and McCain traveled through on a campaign appearance.

KDKA’s John Shumway reported: “A local couple unexpectedly got to meet Vice Presidential Candidate Gov. Sarah Palin and GOP Presidential Nominee Sen. John McCain during their visit to Washington County last weekend. They share something in common with Palin. They also have a child with Down syndrome. In a sea of smiling faces at Consol Energy Park, Kurt and Margie Kondrich, along with their daughter, Chloe, caught the attention of the candidates.”

Margie was holding a sign that said, “We (Heart) Kids With Down Syndrome.”

McCain and Palin left the bus and met with the family. “They just came up as warm as could be and said ‘Hi’ and they thanked us for coming,” Kurt Kondrich said. Palin asked if she could hold Chloe.

Later, Palin brought down Trig, their child with Down syndrome, from the bus. “I got to see him,” said Margie. “It was very emotional for me but I was very proud of him and my daughter and I kissed him on his chubby little face. I actually told her that her son was beautiful and that they would all be fine and it’s a lot of work but they are very blessed with having a child with Down Syndrome.”

In addition to KDKA, this story was on the Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity radio programs, and reported by Glenn Beck and National Review online. But it didn’t get much coverage in the liberal media because it would have helped humanize, not demonize, Palin. The hatred is showing through, but it is not having the desired effect. Instead, people are reacting with admiration for a woman who has demonstrated compassion and love in her life.

We feel very blessed that God has allowed us to be a loud voice for kids with Down syndrome,” Kurt Kondrich told AIM.

If you go to the website, you can learn more about how parents are caring for and educating their disabled children. The language and learning development materials help children with Down syndrome and other special needs reach their potential. Kurt and Margie Kondrich tell part of their story there, too, and there is a picture of Kurt holding Chloe.

Columnist George Will’s Story

George Will wrote about his own son, Jon, navigating Washington’s subway system to use his season tickets to the Wizards basketball games. But when he was born in 1972, Will recalls, “a time when an episode on a network television hospital drama asserted that people with Down syndrome could not be toilet-trained,” the hospital geneticist “asked Jon’s parents if they intended to take him home.”

Will added, “That question is, surely, no longer asked when Down syndrome babies are born. But there are modern pressures to prevent such babies from being born, pressures that include the perfection-is-an-entitlement attitude of some expecting parents.”

In order to counter the demands for abortion in these cases, Will mentions a bill, the Prenatally Diagnosed Condition Awareness Act, whose purpose is “to increase the provision of scientifically sound information and support services to patients” receiving positive test diagnoses for Down syndrome, spina bifida and other conditions.

The bill, currently known as S. 1810, is bipartisan, and was introduced by Sen. Sam Brownback. But it has few co-sponsors. The House version, H.R. 3112, has only a few as well. The measures get no significant media attention because they raise ques-tions about whether abortion is truly the right “choice” in those cases. 

All that they are asking for is more information in order to make an informed judgment. Isn’t that what “choice” is supposed to be all about?




AIM editor Cliff Kincaid was on C-SPAN on Saturday, September 6, talking about media coverage of the campaign. They double-teamed him, with “progressive” Faiz Shakir and former NBC News journalist Marvin Kalb arguing that Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin should start going on shows like NBC’s “Meet the Press” to prove she’s worthy of the nomination. Kincaid said that would be a trap and politically suicidal.

The announcement has since been made that Governor Palin will sit down with ABC’s Charles Gibson and other media stars. Democrats will be counting on the media to spring a trap on the Republican vice-presidential candidate and make her look like an ignorant buffoon on some issue or another.

“Okay, Governor,” Gibson could say to Palin, “who is the president of (insert the name of some obscure country)?” And when she fails to come up with the right answer to one of a dozen or so questions, this will be blown up by Gibson and the rest of the media into another “scandal” about whether she’s prepared to be vice-president. The game plan is obvious.

But nobody should underestimate Palin, a journalist herself before she went into politics. She should be able to handle any barbs sent her way. More than most, she should understand the journalism “profession” and its liberal bias.

The Soros Connection

On C-SPAN, Kincaid noted a couple times that, rather than being a media “watchdog,” as he was advertised, Shakir is a former researcher for the Democratic National Committee. He is now with the George Soros-funded Center for American Progress, which includes people from the Clinton Administration, the John Edwards campaign, and various other Democratic Party offices.

Most of Shakir’s presentation consisted of questioning Palin’s record and beliefs and expressing a desire for more intense media scrutiny of her. This is the Obama campaign’s new line of attack, which is being faithfully echoed by the media.

If the McCain campaign decides to “Let Palin be Palin,” she should be able to handle the media sharks. It might even be amusing to see her put the liberal attack dogs in their place. 

However, Kincaid’s point was that she should avoid some of the programs. He did agree that she may want to consider going on C-SPAN, where the moderators have a reputation of being more even-handed and there is a commitment to letting people speak in complete sentences.

While going on the air with Charles Gibson is a calculated risk, there is absolutely no reason for Palin to jump into the water with the media sharks from NBC News, a network that has increasingly been viewed as being solidly in the Obama camp. 

A Rasmussen poll found that 51 percent of the people believe that reporters are trying to “hurt” Palin. Twenty-four percent said the stories made them more likely to vote for McCain. The backlash has begun. If Gibson gangs up on her, his reputation will also suffer. This will be a critical test.

Palin said in her convention speech, “…here’s a little news flash for all those reporters and commentators: I’m not going to Washington to seek their good opinion. I’m going to Washington to serve the people of this country. Americans expect us to go to Washington for the right reasons, and not just to mingle with the right people.”

People at the convention chanted, “NBC, NBC,” in protest over the channel’s biased coverage.

On C-SPAN, Kalb tried to suggest that Palin and the Republicans were trying to score political points by attacking the media. Kincaid said that the Republicans were just trying to defend themselves, and that they had every right to do so.

The Smears Begin

Kincaid also noted that the feeding frenzy was sparked by the Democratic website the DailyKos, which falsely claimed that Palin faked her last pregnancy and that the child wasn’t really hers. Shakir had spoken at the organization’s yearly convention, a fact he eventually conceded after prodding. The DailyKos is what started the liberal media’s preoccupation with her family life, and the pregnancy of her daughter.

Kalb talked as if the Constitution somehow required that she go on “Meet the Press.” This is complete nonsense, of course. In this day and age, the media consist of much more than little-watched Sunday talk shows. These programs are remnants of the old liberal media.

One caller to C-SPAN said Palin should go on “Meet the Press” when Obama agrees to face a grilling on the Rush Limbaugh radio program. That sounded fair. The call was a reminder that Barack Obama had been very reluctant to go on “The O’Reilly Factor” on Fox News. In the first installment of that interview, O’Reilly managed to force Obama to concede, in effect, that his judgment about the effect of the U.S. military troop surge in Iraq was just wrong.  

According to Michael Calderone of Politico, the McCain campaign was initially getting about 80-100 requests a day from news organizations for Palin interviews. Is she supposed to comply with all of those? Nonsense.

It is clear that the media elite won’t be satisfied until she appears on all the shows that they deem important and appropriate. Those are programs, not surprisingly, dominated by liberals.

You can’t please the liberal media. Consider that some commentators say that, as a candidate, she won’t have enough time to spend with her kids. At the same time, they want her to spend more time answering questions on their shows and giving media interviews. It is “gotcha” journalism designed to lure her into a trap. This fact is as obvious as their liberal bias.  No matter what she does, she loses. 

Kincaid pointed out on C-SPAN that Biden has been a regular on the Sunday talk shows and journalists still won’t quiz him about his history of plagiarism. If you’re a Democrat in good standing with the liberal media elite, you will be treated deferentially, as Biden is.

In addition to plagiarism, Biden also has a record of making off-color remarks about people of color. He even made offensive comments about Obama himself, declaring him bright and clean. Still, the media stand in awe of his “foreign policy experience,” when in fact he avoided military service with a series of deferments, and his experience consists mostly of talking in the Senate and visiting foreign countries at taxpayer expense.

On Sunday, September 7, in what was billed as “his first Sunday morning interview since accepting the Democratic Party’s nomination for Vice President,” Biden went “one-on-one” with Tom Brokaw and was once again spared any embarrassing questions about his shameful history of plagiarism, which many members of the public are still not familiar with.

Interestingly, Biden was quick to tell Brokaw that Palin has an obligation to appear on his program. It sounds like a set-up. And it is.

Jonathan Beecher Field, an assistant professor of English at Clemson University, wrote a very interesting piece recently for about Biden’s “track record of intellectual dishonesty.” This is what plagiarism is all about.

Referring to the plagiarism in Biden’s career, he said that while he would vote for Obama, “Biden’s dishonesty matters to me in two ways. It suggests something of Biden’s character, indeed, in a realm more relevant to doing his job than was John Edwards’s philandering to his. The other reason is selfish. Now that Barack Obama has deemed a plagiarist worthy of the vice-presidency, it becomes more difficult for me to make the case in the classroom that plagiarism matters. More broadly speaking, Obama’s choice has made it harder for me, and for my colleagues across the United States, to defend the principles that form the foundation of scholarship.”

Why don’t the journalists on “Meet the Press” and other shows bring this up? It’s because they favor the Obama/Biden ticket and don’t have the intellectual honesty of Professor Beecher Field.

Equal Treatment?

Kincaid suggested that Palin go on some of these liberal shows only after the reporters demonstrate their even-handedness. For example, ask Barack Obama about his communist mentor, Frank Marshall Davis, and ask Joe Biden about the plagiarism that not only ended one of his runs for the presidency but which interrupted his law school days when he  was caught plagiarizing then.

Another topic for Biden could be his alleged Catholicism. Biden wears this on his sleeve. He hopes it will attract votes. It was brought up briefly on “Meet the Press.” Biden claims to accept church teaching that life begins at conception but he votes to allow the destruction of that life through abortion. This might be seen by many as another example of a lack of intellectual honesty and integrity that exposes him as a phony Catholic.

Mike Barnicle of MSNBC did a story about Biden, highlighting that he was an “Irish-Catholic” and a man of the people who rides a train. But Barnicle didn’t mention Biden’s clear disagreement with Catholic Church leaders on abortion policy. The Barnicle story also ignored Biden’s plagiarism, which is really not a surprise since Barnicle himself lost a job at the Boston Globe because of plagiarism.  

This curious fact helps us understand the media double standard. How can Brokaw ask Biden about his plagiarism on “Meet the Press” when one of his colleagues, Mike Barnicle of NBC sister network MSNBC, was exposed for plagiarism?

The media pretend that they have high standards, but it is a double standard designed to benefit Democrats. The public is waking up to their political games.

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