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Monday, January 16, 2012

Fox News Reinvents MLK as a Conservative Abortion Opponent

Posted by on Mon, Jan 16, 2012 at 3:25 PM

For a moment, put yourself into the shoes of Fox News producers (a painful task, I know, as both their feet point right). Now I ask you: How do you celebrate MLK Day, Fox News style?

As festivities honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. were just getting underway in the nation’s capital on Monday morning, the conservative Fox News Channel hosted Alveda King, the civil rights leader’s niece, for a segment that attempted to portray Dr. King as a Republican-leaning anti-abortion activist.

“You know, my uncle said, ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,’” she explained. “‘The negro cannot win if he’s willing to sacrifice the futures of his children for immediate personal comfort and safety.’ So that led me to say, a woman has a right to choose what she does with her body. The baby is not her body.”

...Despite her allegations, Dr. King was firmly in favor of family planning as a means of easing overpopulation and raising the standard of living for each individual. In 1966, he received the first ever Margaret Sanger award, an honor named after Planned Parenthood’s founder. King was one of four recipients, along with President Lyndon Johnson.

Some days I fantasize about how conservative Christians would react if, just once, a stray lightning bolt would smoke the shit out of a someone like Alveda King in the midst of a televised anti-abortion screed.


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"But there is no small amount of irony in conservative populists invoking Martin Luther King - because some of their ideological ancestors were among his most vicious critics."…
Posted by TechBear on January 16, 2012 at 3:45 PM · Report this
Fifty-Two-Eighty 2
There is absolutely no way in hell that you could look at someone's position in the 1950s and early '60s and say "that's what they'd say today." The world has changed too much since then.

And yes, you can thank us Baby Boomers for that, although I'm sure you won't.
Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty on January 16, 2012 at 4:02 PM · Report this

Once again, based on my interpretation of Genesis, I don't see how Social Conservatives get the high ground on any of these issues.

God pretty clearly says, Man gets dominion. Here's the keys to the car kid, don't forget to gas when you bring it back.

Rampantly laying waste and cramming too many people overfills the Earth and hence is not in the spirit of the edict.

I would think anyone could have fathomed that.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on January 16, 2012 at 4:27 PM · Report this
Dr. King received an award from the same person who said things like:

for the purpose of racial "purification," couples should be rewarded who chose sterilization. Birth Control in America, The Career of Margaret Sanger, by David Kennedy, p. 117, quoting a 1923 Sanger speech.


"More children from the fit, less from the unfit -- that is the chief aim of birth control." Birth Control Review, May 1919, p. 12


The purpose in promoting birth control was "to create a race of thoroughbreds," she wrote in the Birth Control Review, Nov. 1921 (p. 2)

Irony? But I'm sure someone here will through up some bit of propaganda off Planned Parenthood's own website claiming how Margaret Sanger was not a psychopath eugenicist.
Posted by Spindles on January 16, 2012 at 4:43 PM · Report this
OuterCow 6
@4 Man you're a trainwreck of a person.
Posted by OuterCow on January 16, 2012 at 5:47 PM · Report this
#4 - but those quotes only go back to 1919. You can't come up with any damning quotes from the 1800's? I'm sure Planned Parenthood's positions haven't changed at all in the last 89 years.
Posted by catsnbanjos on January 16, 2012 at 6:17 PM · Report this
The only person "through" ing up propaganda here, is you.
Posted by Senor Guy on January 16, 2012 at 6:30 PM · Report this
Here's a fun fact for all of you. Did you know In April of 1933, Birth Control Review published an article by Dr. Ernst Rubin, who was Hitler's director of genetic sterilization and a founder of the Nazi Society for Racial Hygiene. In that article Dr. Rubin wrote: "The danger to the community of the unsegregated feeble-minded woman is more evident. Most dangerous are the middle and high grades living at large who, despite the fact that their defect is not easily recognizable, should nevertheless be prevented from procreation…In my view we should act without delay." (Prof. Dr. Ernst Rudin, "Eugenics Sterilization: An Urgent Need," Birth Control Review, Vol. XVII, Number 4, April 1933, pp. 102-4.)…
Posted by Spindles on January 16, 2012 at 6:51 PM · Report this
I should add the founders of Planned Parenthood printed Dr. Rudin's article in the same year that he worked with SS chief Heinrich Himmler to draw up Germany's 1933 sterilization law, which called for the sterilization of all Jews and "colored" German children. The Nazi sterilization law bears a shocking resemblance to Margaret Sanger's own "Plan for Peace." printed in the April 1932 issue of her Birth Control Review.
Posted by Spindles on January 16, 2012 at 6:56 PM · Report this
Posted by venomlash on January 17, 2012 at 12:41 AM · Report this
Kinison 14
In all fairness (and not to defend fox news), local liberals have also co-branded Mr King as someone he probably wasnt.…

"Braxton concluded his address with an amended version of King's "I have a dream" speech, adding "straight and gay" to King's vision of a world united across racial and economic lines."

Its subject to debate as to whether Mr King would have fought for equal rights for gays, yet alone tolerated them.
Posted by Kinison on January 17, 2012 at 6:16 AM · Report this
Fifty-Two-Eighty 15
Correct, Kinison. In fact, the sole piece of writing we have from him on the subject (an old advice column from Ebony magazine) would lead one to believe he viewed homosexuality as an aberation.
Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty on January 17, 2012 at 6:37 AM · Report this
Yet another Day of Confusion,

The Rev. Martin Luther King was a great thinker, a great civil rights leader, a great champion for human rights, but most crucial to his death, he was also a champion for workers' rights.

When John F. Kennedy was elected president, he was the first president to truly actively fight for workers' rights since FDR (standing up to US Steel, GE, and promoting the Alliance for Progress in Latin America), and the very first president to question the existence of tax breaks for corporations which offshored jobs.

Rev. King also brought up the question of jobs offshoring along with workers' rights, just before his assassination.

Kennedy promoted workers' rights, he was murdered.

King promoted workers' rights, he was murdered.

Bobby Kennedy, who strenuously promoted workers' rights as his brother's Attorney General, began winning in the presidential primaries, and he was murdered.

Today in America, there are effectively no workers' rights, thanks to decades of labor arbitrage leading to subsequent labor deflation.

Collective bargaining has been outlawed in Wisconsin for public service employees, and similar legislation is either being passed, or trying to be passed, in Indiana, Michigan, Florida, etc.

The predators look on people as their prey --- typical sociopathic greedhead behavior!
Posted by sgt_doom on January 17, 2012 at 10:36 AM · Report this

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