Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Media Double-Standard In New Mexico

New Mexico state representative Kenny Martinez (D-Grants, New Mexico) compared rape to drunken sex in college, according to recent reports.

Former House Speaker
Kenny Martinez

Here is the video clip capturing the remark former Assembly Speaker Martinez:

Rape is defined in many ways, and some of it is just drunken college sex.

Excuse me?

During the hearing, lawmakers were discussing a bill which would permit mothers to exclude the biological father from the lives of their children, if conceived by rape.

This pro-family, pro-child bill did pass 11-0 in committee, but Republican representatives, now the majority in the New Mexico House of Representatives, were deeply offended. Rep. Kelly Fajardo of Belen, New Mexico shared:

House Rep Kelly Fajardo

“He’s trying to equate rape with drunken sex,” she said. “Rape is rape and it should not be excused.”

While New Mexican news media reported on the incident, not a peep out of the National Press, which went out of its way to demonize Missouri Congressman Todd Akin, running for US Senate in 2012, when he discussed how rape would prevent conception of another child.

Fox News Connecticut reported:

The remark drew attention in part because it recalled rape-related remarks that cost two Republicans — Indiana’s Richard Mourdock and Missouri’s Todd Akin — Senate races in 2012.

Afterward Martinez insisted he was being quoted out of context — saying he’d also added the phrase “without the ability to consent” at the end of his comment — and insisted on an apology from Republicans who had first demanded one from Martinez.

“To create a political stunt on something this important, I really think they owe an apology to every victim of rape in the state of New Mexico,” he said.

Isn't it interesting that the Democrat turns the tables on the Republicans, and makes them out to be the bad guys? The media engaged in the very political stunt against Richard Mourdock and Todd Akin to jettison their races for US Senate.

This "War on Women" rhetoric is fair game for Democrats, but the media ducks and covers, or says little or nothing when it's a Democrat.

Two years ago, shortly after the 2012 elections, Salon wrote another hit piece against the Republican Party when a California GOP delegate named Celeste Grieg declared that rape rarely leads to pregnancy.

Here are her statements on the Todd Akin controversy, and her thoughts on the rape issue:

"That was an insensitive remark," Greig said. "I'm sure he regretted it. He should have come back and apologized."

Greig, however, went on to say: "Granted, the percentage of pregnancies due to rape is small because it's an act of violence, because the body is traumatized. I don't know what percentage of pregnancies are due to the violence of rape. Because of the trauma the body goes through, I don't know what percentage of pregnancy results from the act."

She actually did not saying anything definitive. Yet she fell under fire from California Democrats. She was summarily removed from her position as President of the California Republican Assembly after that comment, but only because the Democratic Party and then the media made a stink about it.

Where are they now? Why are they not holding House Rep. Martinez to the same standard?

This media double-standard may exist, but at least local and national reporters should call out this unfair disadvantage levied against conservatives and Republicans, and conservatives in general should not be afraid to speak their minds on any issue, including women's health, life, and family.

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