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Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Let the Borking Begin!

Well, it looks like it just took a few weeks for the sleazeballs on the Left to find their way out of the sewers.

Tue Aug 09 2005 19:41:54 ET
CNN has reviewed and agreed to run a controversial ad produced by a pro-abortion group that falsely accuses Supreme Court nominee John Roberts of filing legal papers supporting a convicted clinic bomber!

The news network has agreed to a $125,000 ad buy from NARAL, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned, for a commercial which depicts a bombed out 1998 Birmingham, AL abortion clinic.

The Birmingham clinic was bombed seven years after Roberts signed the legal briefing. The linking of Roberts to "violent fringe groups" is the sharpest attack against the nominee thus far. However, the non-partisan University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg reviewed the NARAL ad and found it to be “false.” found "in words and images, the ad conveys the idea that Roberts took a legal position excusing bombing of abortion clinics, which is false."

The Republican National Committee is preparing to send a letter to television stations asking them to pull the spot, according to sources. The RNC’s letter claims: "NARAL's ad is a deliberate misrepresentation of the facts that has no purpose but to mislead the American people."


Unfortunately for the whackjobs at NARAL, this isn't 1987, Roberts isn't Bork (compare / contrast), and there is plenty of folks that will shoot down their idiotic attempts to smear and slander John Roberts. Of course they'll get to buy the time on CNN - no surprise there. But, they'll get indirect ad time from the talking heads discussing it. No doubt Jim "The Lizard" Carville and Paul "The Forehead" Begala will defend the ad as a justified response to Bush's pick of a hard-right radical nazi homophobe... ad infinitum. Unfortunately for them, it is likely that this ad will backfire as it certainly is baseless.

The ad was fact-checked by the Annenberg and found to be a complete fabrication.
NARAL Falsely Accuses Supreme Court Nominee Roberts

Attack ad says he supported an abortion-clinic bomber and excused violence. In fact, Roberts called clinic bombers “criminals” who should be prosecuted fully.

August 9, 2005

Modified:August 9, 2005

An abortion-rights group is running an attack ad accusing Supreme Court nominee John Roberts of filing legal papers “supporting . . . a convicted clinic bomber” and of having an ideology that “leads him to excuse violence against other Americans” It shows images of a bombed clinic in Birmingham , Alabama .

The ad is false.

And the ad misleads when it says Roberts supported a clinic bomber. It is true that Roberts sided with the bomber and many other defendants in a civil case, but the case didn't deal with bombing at all. Roberts argued that abortion clinics who brought the suit had no right use an 1871 federal anti-discrimination statute against anti-abortion protesters who tried to blockade clinics. Eventually a 6-3 majority of the Supreme Court agreed, too. Roberts argued that blockades were already illegal under state law.

The images used in the ad are especially misleading. The pictures are of a clinic bombing that happened nearly seven years after Roberts signed the legal brief in question.

More in-depth analysis at the Annenberg site...

And Captain Ed is covering...

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler