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Wow, How Timely Is This?

posted at 12:55 pm on April 23, 2009 by

After yesterday’s discussion, here’s the headline today:

RECESSION LINKED TO MORE ABORTION, VASECTOMIES

And notice their use of such neutral, disinterested sources as Vicki Saporta of the National Abortion Federation and Lawrence Ross of the American Urological Association:

“As more and more women and families are struggling due to the crisis, it’s affecting more than just low-income families. Now more middle-class and working class families are facing the types problems that we’ve heard from low-income women,” Saporta said. . . .
“Many of them are afraid that they are going to lose their jobs and their health insurance. So while they are covered, a lot more patients, it pushed them over the edge to get it done more quickly,” [Ross] said.
“A lot of them are saying that we’ve decided to limit our family, the costs of education and raising kids is so high.”

Note the technique. Get a major news agency to publicize a trend which happens to be good for your particular industry, so that you can be cited as a source repeating “reasons” that are in fact marketing claims for your business. These people are brilliant, I tell you. And let’s wait to see how long before this “the economy sucks, so ‘family planning’ is more necessary than ever” argument is repeated in support of additional “family planning” appropriations by Congress.

William F. Buckley Jr. once observed that the hallmark of successful indoctrination is that the subject does not believe he’s been indoctrinated. If you try to tell him that he has been indoctrinated, the subject will act insulted, and will vehemently insist that he arrived at his beliefs by independent contemplation. So it is with the “family planning” propagandists, who’ve spent decades insinuating their arguments into popular culture via school programs, magazines and newspapers, TV and radio, so that tens of millions of Americans now repeat the anti-natalist propaganda claims as if these were indisputable fact. “Well, everybody knows such-and-so to be true!”

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“everybody knows” that the Earth is flat, Columbus!

The Monster on April 23, 2009 at 3:59 PM

Out of three adult children, only one wants to get married and have children. It’s very disappointing.

Cindy Munford on April 23, 2009 at 8:44 PM

Pretty sure they teach this technique in J-school.

RushBaby on April 24, 2009 at 9:20 AM