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WaPost Fact Checks Dem Rhetoric on Hobby Lobby: ‘Overheated’



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Glenn Kessler of the Post fact-checked a bunch of statements from Dems concerning Hobby Lobby, and concluded:

The Pinocchio Test

The Fact Checker generally does not award Pinocchios for “misspeaking” or for statements of opinion. And we obviously take no position on the Supreme Court opinion. But this collection of rhetoric suggests that Democrats need to be more careful in their language about the ruling. All too often, lawmakers leap to conclusions that are not warranted by the facts at hand. Simply put, the court ruling does not outlaw contraceptives, does not allow bosses to prevent women from seeking birth control and does not take away a person’s religious freedom.

Certainly, a case can be made that perhaps this is a slippery slope (as Ginsburg argues in dissent) or that the cost of some contraceptives may be prohibitively high for some women who need them. But the rhetoric needs to be firmly rooted in these objections — and in many cases the Democratic response has been untethered from those basis facts.

Got that? It’s not Four Pinocchios, but a finding that Dems are “overheated” and “untethered” from the facts is just as good.



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