Seeing Religous Freedom Case Through a Feminist Prism; They'd Rather Bash Bush than Putin
Covering Religious Freedom Case Using a Feminist Prism
âHereâs the question before the nine justices: If a woman relies on insurance to buy contraception, should her employer get to decide which contraception she uses?â
â Anchor Diane Sawyer on ABCâs World News, March 25, talking about Hobby Lobbyâs court challenge to ObamaCareâs mandates on contraceptive coverage.
âYou know, Cecile, itâs like every time we have a discussion it feels like the clock has turned back even more, you know. And it feels like the ACA was progress and itâs real, and yet the force is pulling us back â not just on the question of national health care, but on the question of access to contraception. I mean, we are back in, like, Margaret Sanger days here.â
â MSNBC host Alex Wagner interviewing Planned Parenthoodâs Cecile Richards, March 21.
âWhy should women face those kinds of decisions made by an employer, rather than made by their doctor and by themselves?...These folks started a family business, but what right do they have, again, to interfere with medical decisions by women?...And why should women be discriminated against in ways that other medical beneficiaries are not?â
â NBC correspondent and MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell on Andrea Mitchell Reports, March 25, questioning lawyer Mark Rienzi of The Becket Fund, which represented Hobby Lobby in the Supreme Court.
MSNBC Host: Beware of the âSix Catholic Justicesâ
âCan the Hobby Lobby craft store chain, and Conestoga Wood Specialties of Pennsylvania claim that covering contraception in their employeesâ health plans violates their rights under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act?...The Court that will decide includes six Catholic justices â some of whom have not been shy about asserting their religion.... The question is, do you trust this Court to make those decisions?â
â MSNBC host Joy Reid talking on The Reid Report, March 25.
NBC Sees âHypocrisyâ in U.S. Criticism of Russia
âWhen we deal with Vladimir Putin, this issue of hypocrisy comes up. And the United Nations spoke of this, this week. The United Nations pointedly criticized the U.S.âs human rights record over drone strikes, NSA surveillance, the death penalty. Does it make it hard to deal with the likes of Putin and [Foreign Minister Sergey] Lavrov when youâve got the U.N. criticizing the U.S. that way?â
â NBCâs David Gregory to Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) on Meet the Press March 16.
Theyâd Rather Bash Bush than Pound Putin
âOkay, letâs just be honest: who the hell is America fooling to tell somebody else in another country who you can invade and cannot invade? Last I checked, we invaded Iraq....Now, all of a sudden, we are castigating Putin for going into Ukraine....So, I would say to the critics, please, for the sake of everybody else, shut the hell up, because frankly, overthrowing countries is what America has been really, really, really good at.â
â Ex-CNN contributor Roland Martin on his TV One news program One News Now, March 19.
âPutinâs popularity has climbed back up considerably since Ukraine coup. Strong feelings about Crimea and eastern Ukraine being Russian. Given the history, I canât blame them.... Please note...what the United States did to Gorbachevâs Soviet Union when we really couldâve made a huge difference. The entire world would be a far more peaceful place now if Bush father had any vision or generosity like Roosevelt or Kennedy, but instead he turned out to be another Truman in his time. Even though he would become a mere footnote to his sonâs Caligula-like depredations on âthe Empire.ââ
â Director Oliver Stone writing on his Facebook page, March 17.
How Could List of Greatest Leaders Exclude Obama?
Co-host Savannah Guthrie: âWe are back now at 8:14 with âWhatâs Trending Today.â And this morning, Fortune magazine is releasing its first list of the worldâs 50 greatest leaders....There may be some talk about one leader who did not make the list, the leader of the free world, President Obama. Fortune tells us he was not overlooked, he just did not make the cut.â
NBCâs Natalie Morales: âIn the top 50.â
Co-host Matt Lauer: âYeah, thatâs surprising.â
â NBCâs Today, March 20.
âI noticed that Barack Obama did not make the list. Also â nor did Vladimir Putin. How did you come up with this list?â
â Host Bob Schieffer to Fortuneâs Leigh Gallagher on CBSâs Face the Nation, March 23.
Chrisâs Blueprint for Low-Road Campaign
âThe best defense is a good offense. Are you listening, Democratic candidates?...Give the angry voter out there something really scary to vote against, a direction to really direct his or her anger. You can warn people what the Republicans will do if they really clench power, how theyâre hell bent on cutting entitlements. Thatâs their term for it. Yours might be Social Security and Medicare because those benefits of yours under Social Security and Medicare make up $7 in $10 of entitlements....Want something else to fear if the Republicans get the upper hand this fall? Womenâs health care, Roe v. Wade, which that Florida Republican who just won plans to repeal. Voter suppression? Just wait until the Republicans get finished with their plans to slam the doors on voting access for the minorities of this country and some other folks. Theyâll know the price of a lost election.â
â Host Chris Matthews on MSNBCâs Hardball, March 13.
Saluting Jimmy Carterâs Foreign Policy âExpertiseâ
NBCâs Andrea Mitchell: âI want to ask you about foreign policy, given all of your expertise. It was actually on Meet the Press in 1980 that you said we would not go to the Olympics because of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan....And now we have this situation with Ukraine. What advice would you give in dealing with Vladimir Putin?...Does the President ask you for advice?â
Former President Jimmy Carter: âUnfortunately, the answer is no....â
Mitchell: âI just wanted to ask finally. With all your energy, what keeps you going? What is the secret, the magic of Jimmy Carter?â
â Interview shown on NBCâs Meet the Press, March 23.
Mocking GOP Foreign Policy: âItâs All About Testosteroneâ
âThey have this push-button mentality when it comes to foreign policy, that if you carry a big stick thereâs no ramifications, weâll just get into this thing, weâll kick Putinâs ass and donât worry about anything....It just infuriates me. After all weâve been through, after everything we have done with Iraq, Afghanistan, the longest war in American history in our lifetime, $17 trillion of debt â hell, that donât matter! We gotta show everybody we got a hard on! Itâs all about testosterone! Itâs about the great U. S. of A. can kick anybodyâs ass! It just amazes me. The bottom line is, Republican Party hasnât learned anything.â
â MSNBC host Ed Schultz on his radio show, March 24.
Chris Canât Tolerate Criticism from Unworthy Republicans
âThese Republicans â Romney, Rumsfeld â remind me of kids who flunked out of high school, but come back to tap on the classroom windows. Theyâre only there to get attention and otherwise disrupt those who are still trying to learn. Got it? Dropouts. Flunkers. Romney, I didnât know the guy even took the course on foreign policy. He never said a word about it....Don Rumsfeld, put your bedroom slippers back on and go back to bed. Leave foreign policy to those who still know what it means to try as best we can to find the road, even in a turbulent world, to some kind of peace. Peace, letâs face it, Mr. Rumsfeld, Cheney, and all the neo-cons who gave you license, was never your mission.â
â MSNBCâs Chris Matthews on Hardball, March 26.
Charter Schools âBreed and Feed Segregationâ
âItâs not about whether parents should have the freedom to send their kids to charter schools. This is about taking resources away from the public schools. Thatâs what this is about....This breeds and feeds the next generation of segregation in America. Thatâs what this does.â
â MSNBCâs Ed Schultz on The Ed Show, March 26.
Al Sharpton Slams âCynical Use of Raceâ
âWhy is Senator Rand Paul saying this about our first black President? Hereâs the Kentucky Republican in a New York Times interview, quote, âThe first African American President ought to be a little more conscious of the fact of what has happened with the abuses of domestic spying: Martin Luther King was spied upon; civil rights leaders were spied upon; Muhammad Ali was spied upon; anti-war protestors were spied upon.â Is Rand Paul really bringing race into a conversation about the NSA?...Who is Rand Paul to make this point? This is a cynical use of race from some on the right.â
â Host Al Sharpton on MSNBCâs PoliticsNation, March 20.
CNNâs Beyond-Embarrassing Coverage of Missing Jet
âWhether it was hijacking or terrorism or mechanical failure or pilot error, but what if it was something fully that we donât really understand? A lot of people have been asking about that, about black holes and on and on and on and all of these conspiracy theories. Letâs look at this....I know itâs preposterous, but is it preposterous?â
â Anchor Don Lemon wrapping up a 10pm ET CNN special report on the jet disappearance on March 19, as the on-screen headline blared: âThe Theory of Black Holes.â
Fawning Over the âBracketologist-in-Chiefâ
âPresident Obama, an avid college basketball fan, unveiled his choices for this yearâs Final Four. Some call his pick Barackatology.â
â Fill-in co-host Anthony Mason on CBS This Morning, March 19.
âAnd finally, the Bracketologist-in-Chief is at it again â President Obama, as he does every March, making his predictions as to the madness with ESPNâs Andy Katz....â
â ABCâs Josh Elliott on Good Morning America, March 19.
Babs Meets Her Thomas-Trashing âHeroineâ
âI would just like to say that Iâm honored to be meeting you. I watched those hearings as did so many other people. And to so many of us, you were our heroine.â
â Longtime ABC News reporter and anchor Barbara Walters to law professor Anita Hill, who accused Justice Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment before his 1991 confirmation, on ABCâs The View, March 19.
Deluded DeGeneres: âEveryoneâs Very Gratefulâ for ObamaCare
âItâs doing very, very well....Youâve got five million people signed up so far. [Applause] An enormous number of people have signed up, so itâs successful....I think everyoneâs very grateful that you did this. And I think it is important for people to sign up. Itâs just better to be covered. You just never know.â
â Syndicated daytime talk show host Ellen DeGeneres talking to President Obama about the health care law on her March 20 show.
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