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Chris Matthews Begins MSNBC Primary Coverage Saying Santorum Wants to Ban Birth Control

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That didn't take very long.

Within five minutes of the start of MSNBC's coverage of the Arizona and Michigan primaries Tuesday evening, Hardball host Chris Matthews falsely claimed Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum wants to "outlaw birth control" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

CHRIS MATTHEWS: You’ve got to think this is a bit scary to some people. First of all, you have one candidate, Romney, who speaks very calmly of going to war a third time in a dozen years without any nervousness, we’re going to go to war with Iran. If he’s president, Iran will not have nuclear weapons. What an ultimatum that is right there. He talks as if he’s still in the boardroom, talking about how we’re going to let the auto industry die, how it’s okay to fire people.

Santorum, on the other hand, talks as if we can go back to the early 1950s before the Griswold decision. He speaks about it would be okay under his view of the Constitution that we simply outlaw birth control, not just abortion. He speaks very lightly of that. He speaks with some strange resentment, what we’ve only discovered right now thank God for this long primary season, his resentment of higher education.

This is why I like this campaign, Rachel. I love covering it because it’s public television. We’re learning about the candidates for president. We’re learning about perhaps the economic elitism of one candidate who has other advantages, but certainly economic elitism is part of it, and another guy who has a very culturally conservative view of the world that goes way back to anything we’ve had in American political or presidential politics in decades.

I think we’re learning a lot, I think this is good for America, it’s also good for the Democrats.


Matthews has been regularly misinforming MSNBC viewers about this matter as he did on February 16 regardless of it being totally false. Here's what Santorum told the Washington Post's Melinda Henneberger on January 6 about this very subject:

“I was asked if I believed in it, and I said, ‘No, I’m a Catholic, and I don’t.’ I don’t want the government to fund it through Planned Parenthood, but that’s different than wanting to ban it; the idea I’m coming after your birth control is absurd. I was making a statement about my moral beliefs, but I won’t impose them on anyone else in this case. I don’t think the government should be involved in that. People are free to make their own decisions.’’

The former Pennsylvania senator recently told ABC’s Jake Tapper that, yes, he disagrees with Griswold v. Connecticut, the 1965 Supreme Court decision that struck down a ban on contraception.

He said Friday evening that it’s the idea that states don’t have a right to pass such a law that he opposes, because he does not see the right to privacy as a constitutional right envisioned by its signers. This is hardly a new argument.

“It could have been a law against buying shoestrings; that it was contraception has nothing to do with it. States have the right to pass even dumb laws.”

To be clear, he does think that laws banning birth control would be dumb “for a number of reasons. Birth control should be legal in the United States. The states should not ban it, and I would oppose any effort to ban it.’’

Isn't that clear enough for people like Matthews, or are facts completely irrelevant to the shills at MSNBC?

Or is this what Matthews meant when he said, "It’s also good for the Democrats?"

"Tell the Truth!" 2012

Comments

#1 We'd

way rather ban idiots from the airwaves Chris, but we already have prophylaxis for that, it's called the remote control.

#2 Has the damage already been done?

If Santorum gets the nomination is there already a preconceived notion that he will use his influence to impose his will on social liberties?

Quite the hit job indeed

#3 preconceived notions

are not reality and most folks know this i'm sure. don't let the media lead your thoughts. Santorum is simply a good Christian and the left hate that, period.

_____________________________________________________________ I'm not too drunk to dance! It's just that people keep stepping on my hands!

#4 ⇒ Gandersauce!

Obama is on record as trying to outlaw Catholicism.

Think about it.  Is he, or is he not, trying to force the Church to engage in abortions?  Would they truly be Catholics if they buckle to his demands?

#5 true, but unfortunately...

...we won't be hearing that line out of the Chris Matthews' fat trap anytime soon.

#6 Somewhere in a dark forest,

Olbermann is sitting by himself in a lone Cialis® tub...

blowing bitter bubbles and blaming it all on his brown-stained rubber duckie.

#7 LOL!

Ick, but lol none the less.

_____________________________________________________________ I'm not too drunk to dance! It's just that people keep stepping on my hands!

#8 Anything to keep the discussion off of Obama.

Anything to keep the discussion off of Obama.

#9 M.S.S.R. (MBSNBC): Lean Marxist

This comment from Good 'Ole Pap Matthews (Full of Smear) said it all:

"I think we’re learning a lot, I think this is good for America, it’s also good for the Democrats."

Gee, ya think this pantywaste DNC hack is in bed with this Administration?????

"Someday a real rain will come and wash all this scum off the streets". - Robert DeNiro, Taxi Driver (1976).

#10 Matthews, is just unbelievable.

How this man keeps his job is unbelievable! Really, he misses more marks than than a cross eyed mosquito at a fat farm.

#11 What must it be like

to lay your head down on the pillow at night and know in your heart that you go on television and lie and lie and lie and lie and lie and and lie and lie and lie and lie and lie.

It occurs to me that Chris Hitchens might be rethinking his godlessness right about now, no disrespect meant there, and I would think that Tingles might want to think about his path in life. There can be no doubt that he will have to answer for his intentional dishonesty.

Now, I am no Bible thumper, but I am a God fearing man. I do know that dishonesty will eat you up from the inside out. Chris Mathews, how about just telling the truth for a change?

That an individual right exists requires that some policy positions be removed from the table of debate.

#12 re: two guys named Chris

Ashrak,

Hitch, sorta like HST, didn't give a tinker's cuss about what other folk thought about him personally.

Tingles is of a different sort.

He has invested so much faith in the glory of political figures, those deemed worthy by his circle, that he just can't bring himself to break free of the conventional wisdom.

Poor bastard.

P.S. I'm more of an old testament guy, Isaiah. No room for error there.

:-D

#13 Chris Matthews using Alinsky

Chris Matthews using Alinsky tactics yet again.  Seems like Obama has had quite an influence on him (tingles).

#14 It would have

been nice if we could have learned something about obama BEFORE he was elected.
THAT would have been good for America.

If you're not getting flak, you're not over the target.

#15 HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

Millions of simple-minded people (read: obama voters) believe this nonsense.

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