O’Reilly exposes possible WH connection to Fluke
posted at 1:06 pm on March 9, 2012 by Howard Portnoy
I am not a big Bill O’Reilly fan, but as The Daily Caller notes, the FOX News Channel host may be on to something.
DC writer Jeff Poor points out that on Thursday’s show, O’Reilly offered a plausible theory of how an obscure activist named Sandra Fluke suddenly rose to prominence at a time when the Obama administration was at the center of a bitter tug of war between organized religion and defenders of the much-maligned HHS mandate that religious institutions purchase contraception for its employees.
In his Monday Best of the Web Today column, James Taranto reports that Fluke was not the initial choice to represent the Democrats in hearings before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Th was Barry Lynn, of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. But the standard arguments citing the so-called “establishment clause” didn’t make sense in this context. The HHS mandate is clearly a case of the government invading the church’s space.
A better argument was needed. The House Democrats, writes Taranto:
asked, too late, for Fluke [whose bachelor's degree is in “Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies"] to be subbed in for Lynn, then told Lynn not to bother showing up. When the hearing took place, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (this columnist’s congressman, but don’t blame us) demanded: ‘Where are the women?’ Although it was the Dems who chose Lynn over Fluke and the second panel of witnesses included two female members, liberal media dutifully propagated the ‘Republican sexism’ charge. A week later, House Democrats held a mock hearing where Fluke testified.
Which brings us back to the question: Where did they dig up Sandra Fluke? In this video of the “Talking Points” segment (partial transcript follows), O’Reilly offers his theory:
As we reported last night ‘The Factor’ believes Sandra Fluke contraception controversy was manufactured to divert attention away from the Obama administration’s disastrous decision to force non-Catholic organizations to provide insurance coverage for birth control and the ‘morning after’ pill. That might very well be unconstitutional.
Anyway, we’re having trouble tracking down just who is sending Sandra around to the media. It’s very strange. So far, the 30-year-old activist has appeared on eight national news programs where she was not challenged at all. Last week we called Sandra on her cell phone and invited her on ‘The Factor.’ She didn’t call back. Very unusual.
O’Reilly goes on to reveal that public relations firm SKDKnickerbocker is now representing Fluke. And who is the managing director of SKDKnickerbocker? That would be former White House Communications Director Anita Dunn.
It could all be one big unhappy coincidence. Or it could be that when the White House desperately needed a game-changing distraction to take the heat off, they turned to an old pal. It’s the Chicago way, don’t you know.
Alert skeptics will note that after leaving the White House, Dunn became manager of the Sensible Food Policy Coalition, a group of food manufacturers and media cartels that stood up against the administration’s strong arm tactics to bully advertisers of non-nutrient-dense foods into submission. But that’s the Chicago way, too.
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