The Komen Thing

By lex, on February 4th, 2012

I suspect that most bloggers, and many of those who read blogs, start their morning off with a quick scan of If only to see what everyone else is talking about. I don’t use much of their information during the political season, because so very much of it is transient noise and lightless heat.

But over the last couple of days, I’ve been a bit bewildered about the attention being paid to the Susan G. Komen organization, of which I had not heard. They’re the folks who are involved in all of those pink ribbon campaigns, and their sole focus is on breast cancer, screenings and cures. Which I think I’m not alone in saying, bravo, well done, push on.

But then they decided, for reasons of their own – reasons admittedly opaque – to stop funding Planned Parenthood, which in a slightly less Orwellian world would be more accurately labeled, “Unplanned Abortion” since that appears to be what they’re mostly on about. You can be pro-choice or pro-life, but when a private charity gets a harrowing for deciding who will get their hard won money, and decides to exclude from further consideration an organization whose efforts are at best tangential to the donor’s goals, you’ve got to wonder what all of the angst is about. I mean, no one has a right to charity. That’s why they call it “charity” vice welfare, or what have you.

James Taranto agrees with me, as he so often does:

Komen was under no obligation to fund Planned Parenthood. Its decision not to do so was not punitive and did not even appear to be. The episode is reminiscent of George Orwell far more than Joe McCarthy. Komen’s actual aim was to extricate itself from the divisive national battle over abortion by severing its connection with a leading combatant.

The conservative Media Research Center notes that CNN “aired a pretty one-sided piece including statements from Planned Parenthood’s president Cecile Richards, evidence supporting her claims of right-wing ‘bullying,’ and even vitriolic Facebook posts decrying the de-funding.” No supporter of Komen’s position or critic of Planned Parenthood was included. Even more appalling than that lack of balance, though, was CNN’s echoing the charge of “right-wing ‘bullying,’ ” while the network was participating in Planned Parenthood’s effort to bully Komen.

Datechguy thinks this is part of a broader trend, wherein the political left in this country will do whatever it takes to smear or attack even those on the side of angels, so long as it protects the circular flows of money to and from favored causes and politicians.

It’s all just a little screechy, and I do so loathe a screecher.

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