Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Liberal Ignorance - Delaware Senate Race

I mentioned Liberal ignorance in a previous post and thought that'd be a great segue into this post. If you read the news yesterday you know that the liberal MSM jumped all over Delaware Republican Candidate Christine O'Donnell's claim that "separation of church and state" is not found in the 1st Amendment.

Much like they did with Palin's 1773 statement, the left went on the attack and in the process exposed their own ignorance. When O'Donnell asks her opponent whether that phrase is in the 1st Amendment Coons answers "yes."

Read the headline of the Seattle Times article I linked to. They claim "O'Donnell gets a lesson on 1st Amendment." That is blatantly biased and incorrect. The term "separation of church and state" appears nowhere in the 1st Amendment. Another article states in the headline that O'Donnell questioned whether the Constitution prohibits the establishment of religion. That is misleading as well, since O'Donnell asked no such question.

From the same debate, we see that not only did the media incorrectly pounce on O'Donnell's factually correct statement, but they completely ignored Coons's demonstrated ignorance of the 1st Amendment. I'm quoting this because it's too good not too.

O’Donnell was later able to score some points of her own off the remark, revisiting the issue to ask Coons if he could identify the “five freedoms guaranteed in the First Amendment.”

Coons named the separation of church and state, but could not identify the others — the freedoms of speech, press, to assemble and petition —and asked that O’Donnell allow the moderators ask the questions. “

I guess he can’t,” O’Donnell said.

So Coons thinks that "separation of church and state" appears in the 1st Amendment but could name only the Establishment Clause but none of the other freedoms protected by the 1st Amendment? That is just sad.

Can you imagine if Sarah Palin, O'Donnell, or any Republican were asked to name the freedoms protected by the 1st Amendment and were unable to do so? It would be all over the web on CNN, ABC, MSNBC and the nightly news. Of course, since a Democrat did it the media completely ignores it and I have to read about it at Right Wing News and Michelle Malkin.

Update -

Here's an article on this from our local rag, The News Journal. I'm going to quote it too. Since you've now read to this point in my post see if you can figure out what they omitted. Yup. No bias in favor of Chris Coons from The News Journal, none at all....

"The two candidates repeatedly talked over each other, with O'Donnell accusing Coons of caving at one point when he asked the moderator to move on to a new question after a lengthy argument."

"I guess he can't handle it," she said.

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