This IS Intended to Be a Factual Statement!
During last week's budget battle, as the Federal Government teetered on the brink of the edge of closing, Senator John Kyl (R-AZ) stood on the floor of the U.S. Senate and told a blatant, bald-faced lie when he said, "..."if you want an abortion you go to Planned Parenthood. And that's well over 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does."
When his staff was informed that Senator Kyl was a little bit off on his number, that only 3 percent of the services Planned Parenthood provides is abortion-related, he quickly released a press statement. To correct his error?
Uh, not quite.
The press release stated that Kyl's remarks were "not intended to be a factual statement."
Well, as you might imagine, the late night comics — especially Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert have been merciless. You can read some of Colbert's howlingly hilarious remarks under the #NotIntendedToBeAFactualStatement hashtag on Twitter.
But where is the media in all of this? Other than reporting on those funny, funny comedians having their funny, funny, fun at the expense of poor Sen. Kyl, where is the in-depth reporting of a UNITED STATES SENATOR telling what he HAD to have known was a BALD-FACED LIE on the FLOOR of the UNITED STATES SENATE?
Other than the reports about the funny, funny, late night comics, I have heard ONE — count 'em — ONE report on a news show about this, and that was on CNN when Don Lemon read Kyl's press release as it was being issued as if it were just another press release, and then went on with his interview as if Sen. Kyl hadn't just taken a huge wet crap on the just-out-of-the-carwash windshield of America!
Oh, Lawrence O'Donnell on his "The Last Word" show gave Sen. Kyl a gentle spanking the next night. But that's not a news show. It's an opinion show. And O'Donnell kept talking about what a nice guy Sen. Kyl was.
Where is the media outrage over the fact that a United States Senator LIED on the Senate Floor? Where are the motions to censure Sen. Kyl for lying on the Senate Floor? Where are the editorials calling for his resignation for lying on the Senate Floor. Bill Clinton was impeached for lying about getting a knobber from a little fat girl. Oh sure, he lied under oath. But don't U.S. Senators ALSO take an oath? Why yes! They DO! Continued on the next page