Hobby Lobby rhetoric “untethered” from basic facts
Since the Supreme Court ruled in the Hobby Lobby case, there’s been no shortage of hyperbolic statements from Congressional Democrats and the left. Most of it has been too outrageous to be even remotely true. Now, even the Washington Post agrees.
Out of the eight statements made by Democrats like Sen. Harry Reid and Rep. Nancy Pelosi and reviewed by the Washington Post’s Fact Checker  , all of them received characterizations like “odd,” “extreme,” and “simply wrong.” On several occasions the Fact Checker points out that lawmakers are mixing up “the question of paying for contraceptives with a broader prohibition against all contraceptives.”
In conclusion, the Post notes, “[T]his collection of rhetoric suggests that Democrats need to be more careful in their language about the ruling. All too often, lawmakers leap to conclusions that are not warranted by the facts at hand.”
We’ve been saying that from day one. The left has been spreading misinformation about the Hobby Lobby ruling that unfortunately, only gets repeated and amplified in today’s media machinery.
Rep. Gwen Moore of Wisconsin, for example, went on MSNBC on July 1 to tell viewers she was objecting to bosses be able to “tell their employees that they cannot use birth control.” Sen Mark Udall of Colorado “explained” in a press release that “women should never have to ask their bosses for a permission slip to access common forms of birth control.”
Nowhere are acknowledgments of basic truths: Bosses can’t impose religious beliefs on employees or ban employees from using birth control. Hobby Lobby, in fact, still covers 16 types of contraception. When is that mentioned in the rhetoric?
The left, led by Democrat leaders on the Hill, are doing all Americans a disservice by spreading misinformation. And when the Fact Checker is concluding that “in many cases the Democratic response has been untethered from those basis [sic] facts,” the public should take notice. We don’t have any expectations that the left will tamper the rhetoric. But we do know that eventually, the facts will cut through the noise.\
- 1-Glenn Kessler. Democrats on Hobby Lobby: ‘Misspeaks,’ ‘opinion’ and overheated rhetoric. http://www.washingtonpost.com 14 July 2014.http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/wp/2014/07/14/democrats-on-hobby-lobby-misspeaks-opinion-and-overheated-rhetoric/