There are white lies.  There are ordinary lies.  There are big lies.  And then there are lies that are so huge that it is difficult for a rational person to believe that such a lie has been attempted.  The left’s talking points about the GOP, contraception, and women in America in the year 2012 are based on the biggest[i] lie of our century: the GOP is attempting to ban contraception in America.

This lie cannot stand examination.  The left lies about Social Security reform, unemployment numbers, the state of the economy, global warming, etc.  The list is long.  The script is methodical and boring.  The politicians who deliver the lines of that script are boorish.  But the assertion that the GOP is attempting to deny women contraceptionat the state level is so absurd and so heinous that the Party must not be silent.  It must not sit quietly or offer up tepid rebuttals.  The GOP must respond loudly and rationally.  It must do so now.

Before we examine the reasons why this lie is blatantly egregious, let’s look at one instance of the peddling of this pernicious propaganda.  The example chosen is a recent press release from KCBS — the CBS affiliate in San Francisco.  The title of the release is “Women’s Health Forum At SFSU Focuses On Access To Contraceptives.”  [Emphasis added.]  Here is the opening paragraph:

SAN FRANCISCO – A women’s health forum held Thursday at San Francisco State University focused on the timely topic of access to contraceptives. Advocates equated the recent debates on the issue to watching a battle won 50 years ago being waged again. [Emphases added.]

This is propaganda as defined and practiced by Joseph Goebbels.  (The numbers that follow are from Leonard Doob’s numeration of Goebbels’ propaganda methods.  Doob’s system has become something of a standard for monitoring and explaining propaganda.  The system and Doob’s rationale for creating that system are here.  An abbreviated version is here.)

[6] “Propaganda must evoke the interest of an audience and must be transmitted through an attention-getting communications medium.”  The conference was held in a leftist university setting before a group of concerned women — an audience predisposed to trust the word of the speakers.  The event received radio (and other media) coverage.



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