Not intended to be a factual statement

April 13, 2011

Oh America, you should be ashamed of your politicians - and your media! One would almost expect both to stretch the truth for votes - or ratings - but to out and out lie? This peek at the now infamous fib - on the Senate floor, no less - by Republican Senator John Kyl about Planned Parenthood's services reaches a new low. The fact that Fox took it one step further and offered up Walgreens as a substitute for Planned Parenthood's comprehensive women's health care further shows that no one is holding these fibbers accountable for what they deliver to the American public. No matter which side of the abortion debate one falls on, lying about the facts in an attempt to take away much-needed health care services only hurts those who don't know, or can't afford, any better. Shame on you, Senator Kyl and Fox!

As outraged as this made me, Stephen Colbert has a way of focusing on the ridiculousness of such statements and offering comedic relief from what is otherwise just a very sad situation. Please do see his entire segment on Kyl and Fox's statements and enjoy a little slice of American politics (I nearly fell out of my chair laughing at this one). BTW, as someone who has had a colonoscopy, I admit I find the Walgreens option much more appealling. ;)

If you're so inclined, join the conversation on Twitter and make your own asinine statements that can then be qualified with #notintendedtobeafactualstatement. I'm feeling inspired about all the ways I can use this politically-inspired, 'get out of jail free' card... the opportunities are endless!  

*Daily Drop Cap by Jessica Hische