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CNN Runs Biased News Story Covering Up Barack Obama’s Pro-Abortion Record
Life News ^ | 7/5/08 | Matthew Balan

Posted on 07/05/2008 9:29:25 AM PDT by wagglebee

In a report on Monday’s "The Situation Room" purporting to clarify how Barack Obama "really voted on abortion" (as the graphic on-screen at right stated), CNN correspondent Carol Costello misconstrued the Democrat’s stance on legislation during his time in the Illinois state senate that would have protected infants that survived abortions.

Besides the two votes specifically mentioned by Costello in the report, Obama also voted against it at the committee level, and when he was committee chair, denied a simple up or down vote on the legislation. The CNN correspondent also misrepresented the apparent pro-life stance of pro-abortion senators like "liberal Ted Kennedy" when the U.S. Senate voted on similar legislation.

The bill passed by unanimous consent, so none of the senators actually voted yes or no on it.

Substitute host John Roberts introduced the segment, and asked Costello, "what are the allegations and what's the truth about Obama's abortion record?" Though the CNN correspondent did present both sides of the debate on the issue, she left out key details about Obama’s voting record.

First, Costello presented how the "charge" that Obama opposed a bill that would have protected unborn babies that survive abortion has been "circulating online for months," as if it’s just another one of those Internet rumors about the senator, like the one that claims that Obama is a Muslim. She then mentioned the criticism of "[a]nti-abortion conservatives like Former Senator Rick Santorum," and Bill Bennett, who have taken Obama to task for the vote.

The CNN correspondent then gave the following outline of Obama’s apparent record on the bill:

COSTELLO: What about that vote? In 2001, when Obama was an Illinois state senator, he and his colleagues considered a bill called the 'Born-Alive Infant Protection Act,' which provided 'that a live child born as a result of an abortion shall be fully recognized as a human person and accorded immediate protection under the law.' The bill caused an uproar in Illinois, fueled by dramatic testimony by a former Chicago nurse, Jill Stanek.

JILL STANEK: I held this little baby who had Down's syndrome, between 21 and 22 weeks until he died, for 45 minutes, and that instantly catapulted me into being a pro-life activist to stand passionate on this issue.

COSTELLO: Stanek, who was working at an Illinois hospital at that time, became so passionate she said she lost her job. A hospital spokesman, the Reverend Wendall Ulman, would not confirm this, but said Stanek did 'not represent (their) hospital in a credible way.' Still, Stanek's testimony fueled passion for the Illinois bill. It came up for a vote twice in the state legislature. The first time Obama voted present. The second time, he voted no. He said at the time the Illinois Born-Alive Infant Protection Act 'would essentially bar abortions, because the equal protection clause does not allow somebody to kill a child.' In other words, Obama says now it 'lacked the federal language clarifying the act would not be used to undermine Roe v. Wade.' Planned Parenthood of Chicago told us Obama felt the true goal of the Illinois bill was to make sure all abortion was illegal. Stanek denies that, saying the bill was almost identical to the federal Born-Alive Infant Protection Act, a bill that was approved by every legislator from liberal Ted Kennedy to conservative Rick Santorum. It was signed into law by President Bush in 2002.

That’s not the complete story, Carol. As Stanek herself detailed on her blog, Obama had more than two opportunities to vote on the legislation. On March 28, 2001, when the bill was before the Illinois Senate Judiciary Committee, Obama voted ‘no.’ He then voted ‘present’ two days later.

When the bill came up again in 2002, the then-state senator voted ‘no’ twice, both at the committee level and on the floor of the state senate.

The sponsor introduced it for a third time in 2003. By this point, the Democrats took control of the state senate, and sent the bill to the state Health and Human Services Committee, which Obama chaired that year. There, he held the legislation up, not allowing it even to be voted on. When the sponsor tried to amend the bill to add language that would have made it identical to the federal legislation passed in 2002 and signed into law by President Bush, Obama held it up as well.

At the end of her outline, Costello misrepresented how the federal Born-Alive Infant Protection Act "was approved by every legislator from liberal Ted Kennedy to conservative Rick Santorum." In reality, when the Senate took up the legislation, it passed by unanimous consent, thus not putting any senator on record as to whether they supported it or not.

Earlier, when Costello mentioned how Santorum called Obama a "harsh ideologue" in an op-ed for his opposition to the legislation, a graphic misspelled the term as "harsh idealogue." This happened despite the fact that a screen capture of the online text of the op-ed appeared behind the graphic, giving the correct spelling of the term Santorum used. The graphic, together with the screen capture, appeared for only two seconds, so unless the viewer was paying close attention, it might give the false impression that Santorum spelled it wrong, when it was actually CNN’s fault.

So a segment purporting to present "the truth about Obama's abortion record" actually clouded the reality of Obama’s support for the barbarism of letting abortion-surviving babies die of neglect, an atrocity nurses like Jill Stanek have had to deal with.



TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: abortion; barackobama; bornalive; cnn; coverup; deceit; enemedia; infanticide; jillstanek; mediabias; moralabsolutes; obama; obamatruthfile; partisanmedia; proaborts; prolife; propagandawingofdnc
So a segment purporting to present "the truth about Obama's abortion record" actually clouded the reality of Obama’s support for the barbarism of letting abortion-surviving babies die of neglect, an atrocity nurses like Jill Stanek have had to deal with.

And the media will simply continue this until election day.

1 posted on 07/05/2008 9:29:25 AM PDT by wagglebee
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2 posted on 07/05/2008 9:30:26 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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3 posted on 07/05/2008 9:30:55 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee

CNN running a biased story is not news. Now if they ran an unbiased story it would be amazing.


4 posted on 07/05/2008 9:31:12 AM PDT by driftdiver
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To: wagglebee

well, hey!

i know democrat tv-watchers that still think i’m lying to them

when i say that john kerry threw his medals away and went to paris

to negotiate with the north viets.

what’s liberal tv for? if not to perpetuate the democrat party lies.


5 posted on 07/05/2008 9:35:31 AM PDT by ken21 ( people die + you never hear from them again.)
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To: wagglebee

This topic was nicely covered today on the “Washington Watch” radio show
done by The Family Research Council.
Nurse Jill Staneck also appeared on the show.

http://www.frc.org/get.cfm?c=RADIO


6 posted on 07/05/2008 9:40:07 AM PDT by VOA
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To: wagglebee

Obama is linked forever with the culture of death, Roe v Wade, abortion on demand and partial birth abortion. Now Obama can add to his resume support for killing just born human beings who survived botched abortion procedures.

God help us all.


7 posted on 07/05/2008 9:41:42 AM PDT by Reagan Man ( McCain Wants My Conservative Vote in November --- EARN IT or NO DEAL !!!)
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To: wagglebee

And just HOW is a glaringly murderous abortion record “covered up” ????

There can be no greater evil than the slaughter of innocent babies in the womb.

And to condone the sickening practice of sucking the brains out of babies who are “partially born” is barbaric..


8 posted on 07/05/2008 9:43:12 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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9 posted on 07/05/2008 9:49:35 AM PDT by narses (...the spirit of Trent is abroad once more.)
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To: Reagan Man

Yes and we may try to “help God” by waking up conservatives so that there is a big surge AGAINST Obsama and the liberal MSM.
Kind regards from France


10 posted on 07/05/2008 9:54:12 AM PDT by Ulysse
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To: wagglebee
When 'Barry' was in the IL General Assembly he was PRO DEATH - Period, End, Stop.

Except of course when it came to Cop Killers and other scum.

11 posted on 07/05/2008 10:30:36 AM PDT by Condor51 (I have guns in my nightstand because a Cop won't fit)
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To: wagglebee; Tennessee Nana; All
"...Obama’s support for the barbarism of letting abortion-surviving babies die of neglect, an atrocity nurses like Jill Stanek have had to deal with."

It is an absolute disgrace that this man even has a chance to become President of the United States of America!

Barack Hussein Obama is an evil man!"
--Jan in Colorado

But evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.
2 Timothy 3:13

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The fear of the LORD is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way, And the perverted mouth, I hate.
Proverbs 8:13

12 posted on 07/05/2008 10:52:15 AM PDT by jan in Colorado (For Barack Hussein Obama TRUTH FILE see my homepage!)
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To: jan in Colorado

Amen..


13 posted on 07/05/2008 10:54:31 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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14 posted on 07/05/2008 11:17:59 AM PDT by cpforlife.org (A Catholic Respect Life Curriculum is available FREE at KnightsForLife.org)
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To: wagglebee

I really enjoyed Fred Thompson’s comments when he spoke to the National Right to Life Convention a few days ago:

“For example, in 2002 a federal law, the Born Alive Infant Protection Act was signed by President Bush. This act protected babies that survived late-term abortions. Only 15 members of the US House opposed it, and it passed the US Senate unanimously. Even NARAL did not oppose it.

That same year as an Illinois legislator, Senator Obama voted against similar legislation that would have given these babies life-saving medical attention.

I trust that he is explaining how it is that he is to the left of NARAL on this issue during the “religious outreach” meetings he’s been holding of late.”

Conservatives should not let the issue go. It says a lot about Obama’s character and “Christianity”.


15 posted on 07/05/2008 11:29:05 AM PDT by chickpundit (I will abide under the shadow of the Almighty.)
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16 posted on 07/05/2008 1:00:14 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Reagan Man
Pray for an end to abortion and the conversion of America to a mindset of life!

17 posted on 07/05/2008 1:01:30 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: narses
No Catholic should be voting for Obama!

Jill Stanek: Obama's biggest lie about supporting infanticide

The Battle for Catholic Voters

New Report Indicates Voters Most Interested in Barack Obama’s Position on Abortion

Deal Hudson: Obama and Infanticide?

Ad asks Obama: ‘If fatherhood begins at conception, when does life begin?’

Embryonic stem-cell research immoral, unnecessary, bishops say

Catholics should not vote for Obama

Catholic Caucus: It is a sin to vote/support Obama/DNC [abortion]

More Catholics leaning towards Democrats, poll reports (really not Catholics)

The Catholic-Obama Problem (Pope Benedict XVI instructs Catholics about pro-abortion candidates)

Obama's Abortion Bombshell: Unrestricted Abortion....

NARAL Catholics Line Up for Obama

Editorial: Disagreeing with Doug Kmiec One More Time

State-Funded Embryo Research "Makes Taxpayers Complicit in Killing", say Bishops

McCain Meets Privately with Fr. Pavone - Says Constitutional Right to Life Applies to Unborn

Faithful Citizenship: “Catholic Vote” is very sought after

Has Obama dissolved his Catholic advisory council?

Commentary: Faithful Citizenship and the Formed Conscience

Catholic League: Where's Obama's 'Catholic Advisory Council'? [Not to be found!]

Right-wing Christians beginning to lean left (Misleading headline)

Catholics Debate Obama Vote

US Bishops Urge Voters to Give Priority to Life [Ecumenical]

Corralling the Catholic vote: Political necessity or pipe dream?

DOUG KMIEC: Catholic Reasons for Hope in the General Election

EDITORIAL: Why This Catholic Dreads the Campaign

The Catholic-Obama Problem (Pope Benedict XVI instructs Catholics about pro-abortion candidates)

Thoughts On ‘Roman Catholics For Obama’

How Obama's Catholics Will Dodge the Infanticide Question

Catholic Pro-Life Leader Feuds With Barack Obama's "Catholic" Backers

McCain and the Pope: McCain cannot win in November without the Catholic vote (Reagan re-visited?)

Catholics Cannot Vote for Pols Who Support Abortion, Except for Morally Grave Reasons: KY Bishops

18 posted on 07/05/2008 1:02:33 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: wagglebee
And the media will simply continue this until election day.

Thats what happens when the "media" doesn't fear any reprisals.

Putin tamed the media in Russia, Bush doesn't have a clue.

19 posted on 07/05/2008 2:08:58 PM PDT by Rome2000 (Peace is not an option)
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I just came back from Saturday Mass and saw a bumper sticker to “vote democrat and take back the White House” in the church parking lot. How can one be Catholic and Democrat-they seem mutually exclusive to me.


20 posted on 07/05/2008 3:14:21 PM PDT by MattinNJ (I can't sit this election out. Obama must be stopped.)
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To: All

from Wall Street Journal Online

“... As an Illinois state senator, Barack Obama twice opposed legislation to define as “persons” babies who survive late-term abortions. Babies like Gianna. Mr. Obama said in a speech on the Illinois Senate floor that he could not accept that babies wholly emerged from their mother’s wombs are “persons,” and thus not deserving of equal protection under the Constitution’s *14th Amendment... “

My note :

*(the very SAME amendment that was written specifically to recognise children of slaves as citizens )


21 posted on 07/05/2008 3:54:49 PM PDT by biscuit jane
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To: wagglebee
he's being promoted like a new brand of cigarettes. The obama campaign is probably the greatest example of my First Law that I've seen in my lifetime.

The First Law: Hype is inversely proportional to Value (V=1/H). In this case, H should probably be cubed.

22 posted on 07/05/2008 4:16:43 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (maybe apes evolved from people.)
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To: MattinNJ; Salvation
it's sad, isn't it? how about all of the nuns who wanted hillary to win!! they put feminism, abortion and gay rights in front of their catholicism.
23 posted on 07/05/2008 5:30:06 PM PDT by Coleus (Abortion and Physician-assisted Murder (aka-Euthanasia), Don't Democrats just kill ya?)
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To: wagglebee
OT.....we all know that the state of Louisiana and its Rat leaders screwed up big time before and during Katrina....

so what does Cnn have as their BIG story today?....how Mississippi is doing so poorly following Katrina because they sent back some supplies that the feds had overbought on.....they even had the circle of crying middle aged woman to boost their story....and wouldn't you know...they shined the light of sainthood on that stinking female Rat from Louisiana .....Landry......

nothing like completely reversing a story ...

24 posted on 07/05/2008 10:55:19 PM PDT by cherry
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To: wagglebee
Pinged from Terri Dailies

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25 posted on 07/06/2008 3:32:31 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
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