Dylan Ratigan tells guest: “Coming on television and lying is not journalism…”

“…nor is it actually beneficial to the country”

Posted by Audiegrl

Morning Meeting with Dylan RatiganOn yesterday’s Morning Meeting, host Dylan Ratigan’s guest were President of NARAL Pro-Choice America’s Nancy Keenan and Family Research Council’s Cathy Ruse. They had a discussion on how the controversial abortion amendment may stop the health reform bill in its tracks.

When Ms. Ruse starting using her false talking points, Ratigan stopped her in her tracks. Wow. I could certainly get used to this. A pundit stopping a guest from telling blatant lies on television. Hopefully he will start a trend.

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12 responses to “Dylan Ratigan tells guest: “Coming on television and lying is not journalism…”

  1. Jane

    Ratigan didn’t know what he was talking about, which is typical for him. His whole point was to beat up on a pro life guest; he made this clear from the beginning of the “faux” interview by insincerely asking her what the “victory?” was for women in having the Stupak amendment pass. He’s just another dishonest pro-abort.

    • appreciate your comment Jane…

      but Pro-choice is NOT as you put it “pro-abort”.

      I am personally pro-life, but also pro letting other people decide for themselves, especially women when it comes to their bodies and health.

      • ogenec

        I can’t assign a label to myself, because the abortion debate is very complex. But as I understand it, the principle is “No federal funding for abortion.” The hard part is implementing that principle. If the government provide eligibility credits to someone who then goes on an exchange and purchases a private insurance plan that covers abortion, it’s pretty hard to argue that the government hasn’t funded abortion. Same with a public option plan that covers abortion.

        So I think Ratigan is wrong. But I do agree Stupak goes further than it needs to; the “fungibility” argument has no logical stopping point. E.J. Dionne has an interesting op-ed in today’s WaPo on all of this: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/11/11/AR2009111122256.html?hpid=opinionsbox1

    • audiegrl

      Thanks for participating Jane…for me this is bigger than the abortion debate.

      One of the reasons I posted this was to illustrate how low the standards for our media has sunk.

      Twenty or thirty years ago, a journalist who would not allow a guest to tell lies on the air, was common place and no big deal. That was expected of them, to act with honest journalist integrity and to look out for the American people. Today’s media is only interested in ratings and not truth telling.

      The new model is this…get two opposing ideas and let them rumble. It doesn’t matter if one or both of them are saying things that are untrue, the only thing that matters is drawing new viewers in with the promise of fireworks.

      Today’s news, and they are all guilty of this…CNN, MSNBC, and Fox, have turned our media into a 21st-century political reality show. Guests are booked in the hopes that they will say something outlandish that will go viral on youtube.

      In the end, it’s the American people who are the losers.

  2. ogenec

    Sorry, follow-up. I don’t mean to imply that others who CAN assign themselves a label don’t find the debate complex. Just that I’m still so confused by the entire thing. Mea culpa. 🙂

    • If the “big tent” has any meaning there is going to have to be a compromise that keeps the status quo. It was a mistake for Stupac to reach past the simple idea of “no federal funds…” the evolution of this policy has been decades in the making and no last minute deal should threaten that.

      maybe the abortion coverage can be added as a rider, paid by the individual, while the rest of the coverage is treated without prejudice as to funding.

  3. Jeff

    “Ratigan didn’t know what he was talking about”

    Explain how he didn’t know what he was talking about. The bill banned private insurers, who want to participate in the exchange, from providing coverage for abortions. Which is exactly what he said.

    “He’s just another dishonest pro-abort.”
    And you’re a dishonest anti-choicer.

  4. SouthernGirl2

    “Coming on television and lying is not journalism…”

    OOPS! Dylan went there, eh?

  5. Question: Does anyone cover abortion costs besides the individual? Pardon my ignorance, but I’m curious about that talking point. I was not aware that the government or private insurers contributed to that medical procedure.

    BTW, I’m w/Geo & Ogenec on this hot topic. Don’t fence me in with labels. I am the last person on earth to tell anyone what to do with their bodies. I don’t approve of abortion as a means of birth control, but I refuse to tell another woman what to do with her body. Least not til I walk a mile in her shoes, then maybe I’ll offer my humble opinion – but only if she asks for it.

    • audiegrl

      The RNC got in hot water yesterday when it was leaked to Politico that since 1991 the RNC’s health insurance covered Abortions!!!!!

      Michael Steele has been back-pedaling ever since, and vowing to take it out.

      What a bunch of hypocrites.

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