Mike the Mad Biologist

Hopefully, I’ll suffer the same lack of consequences. Regarding Planned Parenthood, Republican Senator John Kyl recently uttered this factually disabled statement:

…Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) defended Republicans’ willingness to shut down the government over funding for Planned Parenthood by falsely claiming that abortion is “well over 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does.” In reality, just three percent of its work is related to abortion. This afternoon, CNN brought on Planned Parenthood’s Judy Tabar to discuss his comment. During the interview, CNN anchor TJ Holmes relayed a statement from Kyl’s office walking back the comment, claiming the statement was not meant to be “factual”:

HOLMES: We did call his office trying to ask what he was talking about there. And I just want to give it you verbatim here. It says, ‘his remark was not intended to be a factual statement, but rather to illustrate that Planned Parenthood, a organization that receives millions of dollars in taxpayer funding, does subsidize abortions.’

I’m sure no television show booker will ever invite him on again as a result of such boldface lying. After all, they would never want to bring someone on the air who is a known liar (and kudos to CNN for at least pointing this out). That would be providing your viewers–your customers–with misinformation, with a faulty product.

Meanwhile, in our little sheaf of the multiverse….

An aside: I do intend on paying all the tax I owe. You should too. Otherwise, you hate America–and your fellow law-abiding taxpaying Americans. Seriously, pay your fucking taxes.

Comments

  1. #1 JohnV
    April 13, 2011

    Just mailed the first of my 2011 estimated quarterly taxes :(

  2. #2 Christopher Wing
    April 14, 2011

    How about if I pay 50% of my taxes, and keep the 50% that goes to kill children in foreign countries that are no threat to the United States?

    Seriously. Your taxes are partly going to kill children in foreign countries.

  3. #3 Moopheus
    April 14, 2011

    “I’m sure no television show booker will ever invite him on again as a result of such boldface lying. After all, they would never want to bring someone on the air who is a known liar ”

    Then the studios of our cable news networks are going to be awful quiet…

  4. #4 kermit
    April 14, 2011

    Christopher – this is true, and sad, and wrong. But if a significant number of us succeeded in not paying a significant portion of our taxes, do you think that wars would not be fought, if the wrong people(1) were elected to office?

    Instead, it would probably just end up as a cut to medicare, or school lunch programs or something.

    (1) Apparently all of them, so far.

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