The sound of Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson on Friday's PBS NewsHour underlined how there is no debate and no democracy on PBS. They put on a RINO who says the GOP is simply awful, and the liberal on the panel says "Oh, I agree!" Republicans pay taxes to be painted as awful for opposing the murder of unborn babies.
Gerson was the chief speechwriter for President George W. Bush, a moderate Christian conservative. Bush nominated Justice Samuel Alito, who wrote the majority opinion overturning Roe vs. Wade. He also nominated Chief Justice John Roberts, who joined that majority. But now, Gerson rails against Republicans as unfit for governing.
PBS anchor Judy Woodruff vaguely referred to new polling results from their PBS/NPR/Marist poll that inflation is the top issue in the midterms, but a third of Democrats say abortion is "top of mind" as they prepare to go to the polls. She asked Gerson "What does that tell you?"
GERSON: Well, it doesn't tell me as much about the issue of abortion, which has been divisive for a long time. It tells me a lot about the perception of radicalism of the Republican Party, OK?
This is a case where, rather than dealing in the aftermath of Dobbs in a responsible way with these issues, Republicans looked like they wanted to undermine the health of a 10-year-old, OK? Or the attorney general of Texas has said that he would enforce sodomy laws if the Supreme Court moves on those things.
Those are deeply radical notions that Republicans have been led to. So I think Republicans — I think that Democrats have been more effective, not in changing minds on abortion, but saying you can't trust Republicans with issues like abortion, because they're just not fit for it.
Opposing a raped grade-schooler from getting an abortion is "undermining health." PBS and Gerson have no harsh words for the child's rapist, the live-in boyfriend of her mother. No, the Republicans are somehow the only horrible actors in that story.
Woodruff then asked his fellow Post columnist Jonathan Capehart: "What do these numbers tell you, Jonathan? Capehart said "I agree with Michael." He acknowledged not every voter motivated by abortion isn't pro-abortion, "but it is about the radicalism or — of Republicans or, as I look at it, the attack on freedom, if you're going to attack a woman's right to bodily autonomy."
Gerson and Capehart then went on to agree that "Trumpism" is ruining the Republican Party, even if he isn't the nominee in 2024. Woodruff actually ended the segment by saying "All right, entirely too much agreement here tonight. But it's perfectly all right."
It's not all right. It's a travesty. The Washington Post's gaudy slogan is "Democracy Dies in Darkness," but these two pundits demonstrate that PBS can't tolerate a pundit who might calmly state that the Democrat stance on abortion is just as "deeply radical" as the Republican stance, and it's much more lethal, with a death toll of more than 900,000 humans a year.