Associated Press: Jerk Republicans block ‘free contraception’

posted at 4:41 pm on July 16, 2014 by Noah Rothman

If you even had a shadow of a doubt about the dangerous way in which the media misinforms the public, the Associated Press went out of its way on Wednesday to put those doubts to rest.

Focused on the mission of keeping the public up to date on events, the AP broke a report from the U.S. Senate on Wednesday where Democrats had attempted to reverse the Supreme Court’s decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby.

This is how their dispatch read:

Those of you who followed the arguments presented in Hobby Lobby and the Court’s eventual decision in the case will have no idea to what AP is referring here.

To recap, the majority of Supreme Court justices found that the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act, implemented as part of a regulatory measure and not passed by Congress, violated the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). The court found that closely held firms who prove religious objections to the mandate can refuse to provide certain contraceptive methods as part of their employees’ health coverage.

In response to this decision, Senate Democrats introduced a measure, sponsored by Sens. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Mark Udall (D-CO), which would have restored the original legal guarantee that women be able to access all contraceptive services through their employer-provided health care plan over the objections of their employer. The measure did not, however, seek to amend RFRA.

Moreover, the AP’s assertion that “free birth control” is now merely a dream for so many women is equally untrue. Writing about Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) revisionist claim that the government shutdown of 2013 was all about birth control, Mary Katharine Ham wrote the following:

It makes no difference to her that birth control was readily available to everyone, subsidized and provided free by the government, and covered by almost all employer-based insurance plans before a bureaucrat at Health and Human Services decided to force every employer in America to provide it without a copay, regardless of their religious beliefs. It was even available to Hobby Lobby employees before the Hobby Lobby case was decided and will remain available to them after that decision.

While the AP’s tweet made absolutely no sense, and even the wire report was perfectly misleading, the AP’s intended purpose was achieved. A variety of the social media users who replied to the tweet echoed Democratic talking points about the Republican Party’s antipathy toward women.

Who needs OFA when you have AP?

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Associated Depressed, suffocate in obama’s azz.

It ain’t Beluga caviar, you liars and fools.

Schadenfreude on July 16, 2014 at 4:44 PM

I think we need to work on some slogans of our own.

My first attempt:

“Keep your Pelosi away from my penis”

ConstantineXI on July 16, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Most of the media NO longer earn, and, thus, no longer deserve their 1st Amendment rights.

You are all culpable in the USA now being a Land of Men.

Enjoy your destruction, thugs.

Schadenfreude on July 16, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Joseph Goebbels is so proud of the AP….embracing the Big Lie once again.

Athos on July 16, 2014 at 4:46 PM

the AP’s indented purpose was achieved.

Thanks, blockquote.

corona79 on July 16, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Who needs OFA when you have AP?

Indeed

O bama
f lukes
A merica

Schadenfreude on July 16, 2014 at 4:47 PM

I think it’s time we started coming up with some clever slogans of our own.

First try for me:

“Keep your Pelosi away from my p3n!s”

How’s that work?

(sorry for the anti censorbot mangle)

ConstantineXI on July 16, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Good grief! If “free” contraception is such a vital right, let’s just pull it out of Obamacare, and require pharmacies to give it out for free… reimbursed by our taxes, of course!

Put a government birth-control clinic in every neighborhood! All for “free!”

No bosses involved at all. And everyone gets it for free!

What could possibly go wrong?

DaveK on July 16, 2014 at 4:48 PM

The measure failed by a vote of 56 to 43 in the Senate, falling short of the 60 votes needed for passage. There are currently 45 Republicans in the upper chamber of Congress. Using the AP’s logic, 11 Senators who caucus with Democrats joined the GOP to block women’s access to free birth control.

Sorry, Noah, but it was the CLOTURE vote that failed, not the actual bill. A cloture vote ends debate on a bill in the Senate.

And, FYI, the lone Dem that voted with the Republicans was Dinghy Harry Reid–solely for the purpose of bringing this misguided bill to a vote later on. Furthermore, ONE Senator was MIA–Brian Schatz (D-HI).

Newtie and the Beauty on July 16, 2014 at 4:48 PM

It’s no surprise that the 2 GOP senators who voted to reinstate the right of sluts to fornicate on another person’s dollar were Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski.

Stoic Patriot on July 16, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Smirk

Schadenfreude on July 16, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Your uterus, you pay for it.

Flange on July 16, 2014 at 4:50 PM

And Noah? Here’s the Roll Call Vote

Newtie and the Beauty on July 16, 2014 at 4:50 PM

SC Justice Clarence Thomas is now “white”.

Schadenfreude on July 16, 2014 at 4:51 PM

It’s no surprise that the 2 GOP senators who voted to reinstate the right of sluts to fornicate on another person’s dollar were Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski.

Stoic Patriot on July 16, 2014 at 4:49 PM

There are men out there that would have sex with either one? Amazing!

katy the mean old lady on July 16, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Who needs OFA when you have AP?

Of course. And many people are stupid enough to believe it.

cat_owner on July 16, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Reid (D-NV)

Not Voting – 1

Schatz (D-HI)

Schadenfreude on July 16, 2014 at 4:54 PM

There are men out there that would have sex with either one? Amazing!

katy the mean old lady on July 16, 2014 at 4:52 PM

“If you cover them up, I’ll consider it” — lorien of HA

Schadenfreude on July 16, 2014 at 4:55 PM

Pay for your own fuc*i*g pills, all of you, men/women.

Schadenfreude on July 16, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Stoic Patriot on July 16, 2014 at 4:49 PM

You’re right – that’s no surprise.

Athos on July 16, 2014 at 4:57 PM

The Ass. Press is a subversive organization…..

d1carter on July 16, 2014 at 4:57 PM

“No Bosses In My Bedroom.”

The irony escapes.

Bmore on July 16, 2014 at 4:58 PM

The greatest enemy of the American people:

The American news media

Franklin100 on July 16, 2014 at 4:58 PM

Ted Cruz ‏@tedcruz 21m

Take a stand with #HobbyLobby and for religious liberty! Add your name: http://www.cruzcrew.gop/hobby-lobby-petition/

Bmore on July 16, 2014 at 4:59 PM

How about this slogan: keep your freaking uterus out of my freaking wallet, moochers!

Thomas More on July 16, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Who needs OFA when you have AP?

Who needs either one?

Bmore on July 16, 2014 at 5:00 PM

Any plan to save this country must include the destruction of most of the media, maybe first.

Midas on July 16, 2014 at 5:01 PM

What do they call a woman who gets paid to have (consequence-free) sex?

CurtZHP on July 16, 2014 at 5:01 PM

This is a prime example of why I always refer to Allah as Allah and never as AP. Well, one prime example at least.

Bmore on July 16, 2014 at 5:02 PM

Kinda like going to a crooked casino in Vegas, I think. The dealer uses a marked deck, and the slots are all rigged. YOU LOSE nearly every single time you bet. Of course, they let you win a little every now and again, but they get your money and then some…

We only have the one alternative left y’all. I can’t say it here, but we all know what it is…

What was that Val Kilmer said in Tombstone?? “Say when…”

bimmcorp on July 16, 2014 at 5:03 PM

No doubt Obama will fit some comments about this in his pending statement about Ukraine.

Those darn republicans!!!!!

can_con on July 16, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Putin invented disinformation and obama perfected it.

The media further it.

Schadenfreude on July 16, 2014 at 5:06 PM

Elizabeth Warren and the AP both use the contraception dog whistle because it’s the number one driver for women voters. Not jobs, not the economy, not anything else. Contraception & abortion.

The Democrats understand that and have been using “The war on women” effectively for quite a while.

tetriskid on July 16, 2014 at 5:08 PM

“Excuse me, Miss, but would you mind removing my billfold from your cooch?”

M240H on July 16, 2014 at 5:08 PM

And Noah? Here’s the Roll Call Vote…

Newtie and the Beauty on July 16, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Didn’t realize Harry Reid was one of those “jerk” Republicans.

heretic on July 16, 2014 at 5:09 PM

This will not end well.

Mason on July 16, 2014 at 5:11 PM

Democrat women are nothing more than voting vag1nas who want to get paid to get screwed.

CurtZHP on July 16, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Keep your womb out of my wallet…

Can’t afford $8.00 a month for your pill? Use condoms, they’re free in the bars… Or better yet keep your legs together…!

Kuffar on July 16, 2014 at 5:12 PM

…that women be able to access all contraceptive services through their employer-provided health care plan

C’mon man. Let’s not adopt their dishonest word choices. This has nothing to do with “access”, it’s just a matter of who pays for an elective. In the past, electives were almost always paid for out of pocket.

forest on July 16, 2014 at 5:12 PM

Back in the good days of LGF, we called them the Associated (with terrorists) Press, since they used Pali stringers who were members of Hamas.

Ward Cleaver on July 16, 2014 at 5:13 PM

We do not have political opponents, we have enemies. Anyone willing to deliberately and with knowledge fabricate falsehoods to advance an agenda that could not win on its facts or its merits is cancerous to a free society and must be discredited, marginalized, and finally discarded.

BKennedy on July 16, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Goes for most of the media too.

Schadenfreude on July 16, 2014 at 5:14 PM

“If you cover them up, I’ll consider it” — lorien of HA

Schadenfreude on July 16, 2014 at 4:55 PM

I don’t count lorien. As my dear granny would say, “he’d screue a woodpile, hoping for a snake”.

katy the mean old lady on July 16, 2014 at 5:19 PM

Hmmm – so let me see if I have this right -
“I want the boss to stay out of my bedroom, BUT, I want the boss to pay for whatever I do there.”

Is that about right libtards?

dentarthurdent on July 16, 2014 at 5:20 PM

You wonder why Republican candidates, for any office, even show up for interviews with these people…you know what is going to happen.

Really, it would be better just to tell them they are not dependable to provide the truth, but when they do, the candidate will sit down with them.

I thing the American public is ready, has been ready, for a politician to take these idiots down.

right2bright on July 16, 2014 at 5:24 PM

What did women do for birth control in the Dark Ages prior to 2011?

It just gets worse every day, don’t it?

I honestly think Pravda in the Soviet Union was more objective than our current media.

TarheelBen on July 16, 2014 at 5:26 PM

These protesters are trespassing. They’re in my house, and I didn’t invite them. Help, help I’m being repressed!!

I mean, we can’t just let them have all the fun conflating things!

Axeman on July 16, 2014 at 5:28 PM

More AP headlines from our near, and progressively depressing, future.

Breaking: Republicans block an effort by Democrats to stop drop kicking small puppies……if someone may be inclined to do so.

Breaking: Republicans block an effort by Democrats to make Patchouli our National aroma.

Breaking: Republicans block an effort by Democrats to reintroduce 70′s platform heels.

Breaking: Republicans block an effort by Democrats to change the name of Washington DC to Love Haven

Breaking: Republicans block an effort by Democrats to provide relief to the starving children of Zoltar 5 in the Nuru Galaxy after they were nearly wiped out from an attack by the extreme T-Par-Teezians from the Koch Galaxy.

Breaking: Republicans block an effort by Democrats to hold all press responsible for false and misleading headlines……..except one’s which benefit their false narratives.

StubbornGreenBurros on July 16, 2014 at 5:33 PM

What do they call a woman who gets paid to have (consequence-free) sex?

CurtZHP on July 16, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Free Loaders?

Bmore on July 16, 2014 at 5:34 PM

Noah Rothman ‏@NoahCRothman 14m

… RT @Salon: Study: Teen boys care more about meaningful relationships than having sex http://slnm.us/H5ETjyL

LOLZ!!!

Bmore on July 16, 2014 at 5:37 PM

Evidently Holder’s investigation of AP reporters has achieved the desired effect: returning them to the misinformation corral.

ricoliv on July 16, 2014 at 5:41 PM

The funniest part is when it’s realized that they, through their support of the legislation and the way the law was written and passed entirely by Reid, Pelosi, and the constitutional scholar president, are responsible for more women being denied birth control than any jerk (R)s, Supreme Court, or conservatives on Hotair.
 
Companies are only following your law, and no one else was responsible for the (obviously) bumbling and incompetent way the law was written, (D)s.
 
Congratulations on the personal role you each pursued in actively and willfully limiting medication to women.

rogerb on July 16, 2014 at 5:49 PM

Time is running out for the traditional press to continue shaping opinions. We’re witnessing the last ditch efforts of an old paradigm that is discovering itself trapped under the shadows of the Internet’s hovering footsteps.

ericdijon on July 16, 2014 at 5:52 PM

Senate Dems Fail To Overturn Supreme Court Hobby Lobby Ruling


Different title

Schadenfreude on July 16, 2014 at 5:52 PM

What do they call a woman who gets paid to have (consequence-free) sex?

CurtZHP on July 16, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Free Loaders?

Bmore on July 16, 2014 at 5:34 PM

I don’t think that’s where Curt was going….

“Hey, Joe, 2 dollah, me love you long time…”

dentarthurdent on July 16, 2014 at 5:53 PM

be able to access all contraceptive services

All? Even experimental? Untested? /

BJs too? :) /

CW on July 16, 2014 at 5:53 PM

Kirk, Murkowski, and Collins voted to advance the bill in the Senate.

Shocked face…..nah.

StubbornGreenBurros on July 16, 2014 at 5:55 PM

Noah, it’s AP = Administration Propaganda.

GarandFan on July 16, 2014 at 6:06 PM

i there are a lot of people who really do believe republicans are trying to “ban contraception.” it’s amazing how misinformed people are about the hobby lobby case. (well, a lot of people are misinformed about abortion in general.)

Sachiko on July 16, 2014 at 6:08 PM

- I have a right to an education.
– Education makes me smarter.
– I feel dumber just reading those signs.

… These ladies are suppressing my education!!

Axeman on July 16, 2014 at 6:22 PM

The measure failed by a vote of 56 to 43 in the Senate, falling short of the 60 votes needed for passage. There are currently 45 Republicans in the upper chamber of Congress. Using the AP’s logic, 11 Senators who caucus with Democrats joined the GOP to block women’s access to free birth control.

Noah, with all due respect, if’n you’re going to alter your postings, kindly ACKNOWLEDGE you are changing your posting and WHY. You got it wrong the first time around–kindly note that you DID get it wrong the first time around and what you did to correct it.

Thank you.

Newtie and the Beauty on July 16, 2014 at 6:24 PM

Didn’t realize Harry Reid was one of those “jerk” Republicans.
heretic on July 16, 2014 at 5:09 PM

As the Majority Leader, Heretic, Dinghy Harry had to vote against it in order to bring it up at a future date.

Lord knows, WE don’t want that senile ol’ coot! o_O

Newtie and the Beauty on July 16, 2014 at 6:27 PM

Why don’t the Republicans hold the AP to task for this. It’s obvious that it’s a lie so why not call them on it. The American people deserve the truth about this case. If they don’t like what the court said, blame the Democrats who wrote the RFRA and move on from there.

Look, if we had a free press in this country, they would report that Democrats wrote a sexual harassment law, that Bill Clinton signed and then, when he did things in violation of that law, they let him skate The Democrats wrote, and Bill Clinton signed, the RFRA and, when the law is applied, as written, the Democrats want the courts to rule against the law.

Finally, once again if we had a free press, they’d report that the Democrats wrote the ACA and then allowed the President, who is of the same party as they, to gut it as written. It brings about an important question, can you trust the Democrats to write laws? I don’t believe you can because, in the future, if they won’t like it, rather than change it they want the courts to change it rather than write legislation.

bflat879 on July 16, 2014 at 7:15 PM

What do they call a woman who gets paid to have (consequence-free) sex?

CurtZHP on July 16, 2014 at 5:01 PM

1. A Democrat
2. Sandra Fluke

HikaruKitsune on July 16, 2014 at 7:31 PM

Elizabeth Warren and the AP both use the contraception dog whistle because it’s the number one driver for women voters. Not jobs, not the economy, not anything else. Contraception & abortion.

tetriskid on July 16, 2014 at 5:08 PM

I understand where you’d get the perception, but actually, whether they can get freebie contraception is pretty low on most women’s List of Important Chit these days.

The left has to pound on their fakey little WarOnDaWymynzez because they got NOTHING about what is really foremost in people’s concerns (and that includes de womenfolk, according to the polls its pretty similar among the sexes): the economy and the lack of jobs.

They also don’t want to discuss failing schools or foreign policy, or Obamacare or the Veterans Administration so we’ll be hearing a lot more about Climate Chaos (or whatever they’re calling the weather these days) and the poor polar bears, or maybe its manatees?

Dolce Far Niente on July 16, 2014 at 7:44 PM

StubbornGreenBurros on July 16, 2014 at 5:55 PM

Then wouldn’t that mean that some Democrats voted against the bill?

Cindy Munford on July 16, 2014 at 8:19 PM

Cindy Munford on July 16, 2014 at 8:19 PM

If any Dems who voted against it, I can assume that only *Manchin would seriously vote against cloture if the proposal was kabuki free. The Dems knew this was just for the optics; to outrage their outrageously outraged constituency, but to have the senate Rinocracy vote to move the bill forward is troubling. With friends like these…..


SGB is now checking results – queue elevator musak

Lets see:

Alexander (R-TN), Nay
Ayotte (R-NH), Nay
Baldwin (D-WI), Yea
Barrasso (R-WY), Nay
Begich (D-AK), Yea
Bennet (D-CO), Yea
Blumenthal (D-CT), Yea
Blunt (R-MO), Nay
Booker (D-NJ), Yea
Boozman (R-AR), Nay
Boxer (D-CA), Yea
Brown (D-OH), Yea
Burr (R-NC), Nay
Cantwell (D-WA), Yea
Cardin (D-MD), Yea
Carper (D-DE), Yea
Casey (D-PA), Yea
Chambliss (R-GA), Nay
Coats (R-IN), Nay
Coburn (R-OK), Nay
Cochran (R-MS), Nay
Collins (R-ME), Yea
Coons (D-DE), Yea
Corker (R-TN), Nay
Cornyn (R-TX), Nay
Crapo (R-ID), Nay
Cruz (R-TX), Nay
Donnelly (D-IN), Yea
Durbin (D-IL), Yea
Enzi (R-WY), Nay
Feinstein (D-CA), Yea
Fischer (R-NE), Nay
Flake (R-AZ), Nay
Franken (D-MN), Yea
Gillibrand (D-NY), Yea
Graham (R-SC), Nay
Grassley (R-IA), Nay
Hagan (D-NC), Yea
Harkin (D-IA), Yea
Hatch (R-UT), Nay
Heinrich (D-NM), Yea
Heitkamp (D-ND), Yea
Heller (R-NV), Nay
Hirono (D-HI), Yea
Hoeven (R-ND), Nay
Inhofe (R-OK), Nay
Isakson (R-GA), Nay
Johanns (R-NE), Nay
Johnson (D-SD), Yea
Johnson (R-WI), Nay
Kaine (D-VA), Yea
King (I-ME), Yea
Kirk (R-IL), Yea
Klobuchar (D-MN), Yea
Landrieu (D-LA), Yea
Leahy (D-VT), Yea
Lee (R-UT), Nay
Levin (D-MI), Yea
Manchin (D-WV), Yea Kinda figured I was wrong.
Markey (D-MA), Yea
McCain (R-AZ), Nay
McCaskill (D-MO), Yea
McConnell (R-KY), Nay
Menendez (D-NJ), Yea
Merkley (D-OR), Yea
Mikulski (D-MD), Yea
Moran (R-KS), Nay
Murkowski (R-AK), Yea
Murphy (D-CT), Yea
Murray (D-WA), Yea
Nelson (D-FL), Yea
Paul (R-KY), Nay
Portman (R-OH), Nay
Pryor (D-AR), Yea
Reed (D-RI), Yea
Reid (D-NV), Nay
Risch (R-ID), Nay
Roberts (R-KS), Nay
Rockefeller (D-WV), Yea
Rubio (R-FL), Nay
Sanders (I-VT), Yea
Schatz (D-HI), Not Voting A maybe?
Schumer (D-NY), Yea
Scott (R-SC), Nay
Sessions (R-AL), Nay
Shaheen (D-NH), Yea
Shelby (R-AL), Nay
Stabenow (D-MI), Yea
Tester (D-MT), Yea
Thune (R-SD), Nay
Toomey (R-PA), Nay
Udall (D-CO), Yea
Udall (D-NM), Yea
Vitter (R-LA), Nay
Walsh (D-MT), Yea
Warner (D-VA), Yea
Warren (D-MA), Yea
Whitehouse (D-RI), Yea
Wicker (R-MS), Nay
Wyden (D-OR), Yea

Nope, it appears they were all in lock-step on this one. Needed 60 votes – 56 to 43.

StubbornGreenBurros on July 16, 2014 at 10:13 PM

Correction: My assumption was that Manchin would vote “nay” regardless , but I was wrong.
When not making commercials shooting rifles through radical Dem legislation while lying at the same time, he’s down with the faux struggle.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIJORBRpOPM

StubbornGreenBurros on July 16, 2014 at 10:25 PM

We already know the AP are fraudulent liars. They and the belly-crawling-lying-dirtbag-commie-fuchs at reuters also published doctored photos during the war in Iraq, remember? NEVER FORGET what they are. AP has NO credibility.

earlgrey on July 17, 2014 at 11:56 AM

As usual AP=anus plug.

russedav on July 23, 2014 at 2:07 PM