NARAL has pulled its controversial add linking Supreme Court Nominee, Judge John Roberts, to anti-abortion violence. According to an AP story from Yahoo this morning.
NARAL's explanation is as dubious as its add,
An abortion rights group is withdrawing a heavily criticized television ad that linked John Roberts to violent anti-abortion activists, saying its attempt to illuminate the Supreme Court nominee's record has been "misconstrued."
"We regret that many people have misconstrued our recent advertisement aboutMr. Roberts' record," NARAL President Nancy Keenan said.The add running as of yesterday on CNN, actually stated that Judge Roberts' ideology leads him to support violence against Americans. There is no "distraction from the serious discussion ", and no "misconstruing" the intent by the radical abortionist group to paint Christianity in general and Catholicism specifically as an ideology that encourages its faithful toward violence. The message of NARAL's add goes along with recent Leftist hyberbole comparing American Christians to the the tyrannical Taliban of radical Islam and their systemmatic campaign of world-wide mass-murder.
"Unfortunately, the debate over that advertisement has become a distraction from the serious discussion we hoped to have with the American public,"
Yet despite the retraction and the intense week-long analysis of the subject of NARAL's slanderous add, the Associated Press writer reporting on this story, JESSE J. HOLLAND, nevertheless imbeds more misinformation in the story itself.
The AP report itself attempts to leave the reader with the impression that, while NARAL has pulled the add, its accusation still has merit, 'because" Roberts defended an anti-abortion position before the Supreme Court. Fact Check explains about the falacy of the add for Holland or anyone to understand,
"The NARAL ad criticized Roberts and linked him with violent anti-abortion protesters because of the anti-abortion briefs he worked on as a government lawyer in 1991." (emphasis mine)
...And the ad misleads when it says Roberts supported a clinic bomber. It is true that Roberts sided with the bomber and many other defendants in a civil case, but the case didn't deal with bombing at all. Roberts argued that abortion clinics who brought the suit had no right use an 1871 federal anti-discrimination statute against anti-abortion protesters who tried to blockade clinics. Eventually a 6-3 majority of the Supreme Court agreed, too. Roberts argued that blockades were already illegal under state law.
The images used in the ad are especially misleading. The pictures are of a clinic bombing that happened nearly seven years after Roberts signed the legal brief in question.
Clearly Roberts did not support an "anti-abortion" position nor did he defended the bombings. Rather, he upheld a Constitutional position that defended every American's right to free assembly. And that is, afterall, the real problem with Judge Roberts. He looks to be another voice of strict reason on the Supreme Court in the form of strict Constitutional intent. There is his real guilt in the minds of the Left who fear the loss of their last grasp of power in a nation that has otherwise rejected their politics, ideology and their degenerated sensibilities. Time will tell if slander pays for Democrats. NARAL produced the add, and CNN ran with. And the AP and other fingers of the Old Busted Media will squeeze as much poison from the add into the minds of the public as possible. No doubt, it is the first of many slanders and much more poison... compliments of Liberal Democrats and their surrogates in the media.