by Warner Todd Huston | March 7, 2012 3:32 pm
If you want to see how the left skews the narrative using untrue claims and false imagery to sell a message, you don’t need any other example than President Obama’s recent press conference where he continued to perpetrate the myth that Sandra Flake is somehow an innocent coed, a kid barely out of high school, when she is actually a long-time liberal activist in her 30s.
At the press conference the President was asked about Rush Limbaugh and his apology. Not only did Obama drag his own daughters into the debate, but he said he told activist Fluke that “her parents should be proud of her.” This line feeds into the myth that Sandra Fluke is but a young coed. However, Fluke is 30 years old. People stop assuring folks that their parents should be proud of them once they begin approaching middle age, certainly! If Mz. Fluke’s parents still aren’t proud of her as a 30-year-old, I doubt the president can help matters much.
But the thing here is, the left wants to promulgate the false image that Fluke is a young woman, innocent as the driven snow. She just isn’t. She’s a conniving activist, not a wide-eyed coed.
Unlike how leftists use the term “false fronts” (or its corollary “front groups“) its proper definition fits Sandra Fluke perfectly. She is presented as an innocent, 23-year-old coed that was somehow accidentally cast into the public spotlight and became mired in a national controversy quite beyond her control. But the facts make the lie to this false front crafted to conceal this woman’s true motives.
First of all, despite constant claims made by the media, this woman is hardly a youngster. She is 30-years-old, not 23. Secondly she is not an innocent caught up is a sudden media maelstrom. She is a long-time activist that has for years worked to undermine religious freedom, has been a gay “rights” activist that has advocated for forcing employers to make special rules for so-called “LGBTQ” employees, and has even tried to get herself inserted into the public debate in Congress at least once before.
But that is the game. If the left can fool Americans into imagining Sandra Fluke is a shy, unassuming coed they can more easily make any of her critics look like heartless creeps for opposing her. This isn’t about discussing the issues. It’s about killing the opposition. The left’s game is to win its war against religion. Unless conservatives reveal Fluke for the activist she is, they can’t win this battle.
Despite that Obama tried to characterize Fluke as some victim of circumstance calling here a mere “private citizen.” Sandra Flake is simply not the unassuming “private citizen” withering under the media microscope that president Obama tired to make us believe at his press conference. She is a left-wing issue activist that has sought the spotlight for the better part of a decade. In point of fact she even decided to attend Georgetown, a Catholic institution, with the express purpose of forcing the school to over turn its own religious-based rules.
Fluke is a hard-edged, steely-eyed opportunist out to destroy religious freedom and fighting for extremist legal interpretations to give special “rights” to gays, women, and other groups for whom she works. Fluke is neither a mere “private citizen” nor an innocent young coed.
But that is the game. If the left can fool Americans into imagining Sandra Fluke is a shy, unassuming coed they can more easily make any of her critics look like heartless creeps. This isn’t about discussing the issues. It’s about killing the opposition.
Transcript of Obama’s reply about Rush’s apology
You know, I’m not going to comment on what sponsors decide to do. I’m not going to comment on either the economics or the politics of it. I don’t know what is in Rush Limbaugh’s heart, so I’m not going to comment on the sincerity of his apology.
What I can comment on the fact that all decent folks can agree that the remarks that were made don’t have any place in the public discourse. And you know, the reason I called Miss Fluke is because I thought about Malia and Sasha and one of the things I want them to do as they get older is to engage in issues they care about, even ones I may not agree with them on. I want them to be able to speak their mind in a civil and thoughtful way.
And I don’t want them attacked or called horrible names because they are being good citizens, and I wanted Sandra to know that I thought her parents should be proud of her, and that we want to send a message to all of our young people that being part of a democracy involves argument and disagreements and debate, and we want you to be engaged, and there’s a way to do it that doesn’t involve you being demeaned and insulted, particularly when you are a private citizen.
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