Everyone is entitled to their own opinion but not to their own facts, right? Tell that to anti-abortion bloggers, notorious for conflating opinion and fact in their ongoing pursuit of the perfect propaganda. And here’s how it works:
Dammit Janet has a story today about a ‘crisis pregnancy center’ that was vandalized and torched recently, and fetus fetishists’ brain-damaged attempts to point the finger at pro-choicers. The original story is on the website of the local newspaper, the White Mountain Independent:
President of the Living Hope Women’s Center governing board and former executive director Dinah Monahan said not much is known yet about the fire, but that it looks as though whoever may have set it first vandalized the Fatherhood Store and threw televisions, VCR’s and other items onto the ground outside before setting fire to the clinic in the back of the building in the Mommy Store. She said the fire did not burn the building to the ground, but it did cause enough fire and smoke damage to gut it and make it at least temporarily useless as a clinic.
Anti-abortion ‘crisis pregnancy centers’ are often little more than compelled pregnancy/adoption agencies that disguise themselves as womens’ clinics. But this one seems to have had a good relationship with the local community and given no reason for someone to want to torch it.
The arson appears to be a dumb and brainless act perpetrated by rotten little delinquents with too much time on their hands, and the original story gives no reason to believe otherwise. The only brief mention of the politics of abortion was in a question investigators asked the center’s president:
“The agent very gingerly asked if we were involved in ‘anything controversial’ in our ministry,” she said. “You can imagine what they hear about Crisis Pregnancy Centers, abortion clinic bombings and the like. I assured him that even though we are a CPC (Certified Professional Consultant), our work was mostly pre-natal and parenting and that the culture in Whiteriver is very pro-life.”
So even the CPC’s president is quite sure the fire wasn’t politically-motivated. Scrolling through the comments with the article, most seem to agree… except for:
Both “Ceecee” (the same ‘Ceecee’ who posts at Big Blue Fetus?) and “anonymous” are from hundreds of miles away, yet they know better than commenters who live in the community: it’s not kids, it’s “pro-choice violence”. Even when LifeNews reported the story, they didn’t go there — and if LifeNews doesn’t go there, you know there’s no “there” there.
But right-wingnutter Melissa Clouthier doesn’t let reality get in the way of a good SHRIEEEEK! in her article at Right Wing News (and her blog), quoting LifeNews at length and topping it off with this whopper:
Scrolling to the comments and trackbacks, it’s obvious that the screechosphere has picked up Clouthier’s foul ball and is running with it:
So now we have blogs reporting this as something they’re calling “Domestic Pro-choice Terrorism”, which (1) doesn’t exist, and (2) isn’t what the story actually said. Two! Two! Two lies in one! Not only has this particular story been reinvented, reinterpreted and puked out through a filter of anti-choice batshittery, but something called “Pro-choice terrorism” (which doesn’t even exist — did I mention that?) has entered the news realm, if only at the basest blogospheric level.
As Clouthier concludes, “It will be interesting to find out who committed this attack”. Indeed it will, though I don’t expect to find out from her. As an anti-abortion propagandist, her work here is done.