Thursday, March 25, 2010

Deceptive pro-choicer claims without evidence that prolifers responsible for death threats

Jill Filipovic must be the queen of faulty generalizations. In a post yesterday entitled, “Anti-Choice Dems Receive Death Threats From Pro-Lifers,” Jill claims that prolifers are responsible for death threats against congressmen who voted for health care reform.

Her evidence for such a claim?

A post at FireDogLake which links to a blog post at Eschaton which links to a news story at the Charlottesville Daily Progress. The news story notes that police are investigating a slashed propane line in the grill on U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello’s brother’s porch. It is also reported that Tea Party activists mistakenly posted the address of Tom Perriello’s brother when they meant to post Perriello’s address.

The FireDogLake piece also links to a Hill article noting that an increased number of House members have received threats.

Nowhere in any of the articles are any of these actions proven or even suggested to have been committed by a prolifer or committed by someone involved with a prolife organization.

Is Jill simply assuming that the inappropriate and unacceptable actions taken by someone opposed to health care must have been done by prolifers? Or is she just so obsessed with demonizing prolifers that she doesn’t care if she blatantly misleads people?

Also, in another horribly ignorant post, Jill assumes that every Democrat in Stupak's coalition who was present at President Obama's private executive order signing would be a man.

It's like she takes no time at all to do any research before making such claims. From what I've read, it seems that Kathy Dahlkemper was certainly in the Stupak 12 and Marcy Kaptur was also likely in the group.

UPDATE: Yep, here's the signing photo with both Dahlkemper and Kaptur.

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