More Huffpo malfeasance: Byron York forces ‘update’ on Santorum gym shower comments

After last week’s embarrassing retraction of a poorly-sourced claim about McDonald’s wages, the Huffington Post again had to issue a major “update” to a story being picked up by liberal bloggers and Twitter users.

The Huffpo story purported to catch former Penn. Sen. Rick Santorum making supposedly embarrassing comments about showering at the gym:

Next time you feel uncomfortable showering at the gym, blame it on liberals and their abortion rights agenda. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum (R) does.

Speaking to anti-abortion group Students for Life after receiving an award last month, Santorum attempted to explain what he saw as an enthusiasm gap between liberal and conservative activists. During his speech, a clip of which can be seen above, via Right Wing Watch, Santorum argued that the pro-choice movement infuses passion about abortion rights into “every aspect of their life.” He said that because of this, showering at a gym had become an “uncomfortable” prospect for students.

Santorum’s comments can be seen in this video at 5:38:

Here’s a transcript:

You see what the Left does, what the pro-choice movement does is they just don’t focus on their little issue. They focus on everything they do in every aspect of their lives.  They make it uncomfortable for students who come to Austin to shower at a young men’s Christian association, YMCA gym. Because they live it. They’re passionate. They’re willing to do and say uncomfortable things in mixed company…

Liberal bloggers, at least one MSM outlet, and at least one major gay publication seized on the quote to suggest that Santorum is a lunatic who has unresolved psychological issues related to young men and showers:

Thousands of Huffpo commenters ran with the meme. Here’s a tiny sampling:

This man has “issues”

I wish he would just come out already..

I thought the sweater vests were enough of a giveaway…

He’s weird and creepy, and psychologists, if they haven’t already, could have a field day with this guy.

Ricky, Ricky, Ricky…. I’ll bet you didn’t mean to let your fascination with gym showers enter that discussion. Creepyclosetqueen….

I am hoping that qualified mental health professionals might weigh in here to give us their take on such twisted, disconnected thinking. 

He needs to stop obsessing about sex and get some help already.

He’s certainly an exemplar of the psychological damage done by staying in the closet.

I think there may be a few mental hospitals around the country that are willing to talk to Rick. Even if it’s in the shower.

But as Byron York of the Washington Examiner noted, the Huffpo story failed to mention some key context:

Huffpo specifically cited Byron’s tweet in its “update,” which added this important information:

In July, members of anti-abortion group Students For Life, the group Santorum was addressing, complained that they had been bullied by pro-choice activists after using facilities at an Austin Y.

The group had come to the area to show support for anti-abortion legislation then being debated at the state Capitol, and had made last-minute arrangements to use showers at the gym. They did so one night, with the students entering the building in shifts wearing blue shirts, indicating support for the bill. After the first night went without incident, the Y contacted a director at Students For Life and asked them not to return.

According to the director of the anti-abortion group, YMCA staffers stated that abortion rights activists had intimidated them into making the decision:

“Said, again, ‘You guys were respectful. We have no problems with you, in particular, however there were some people that support abortion who talked to our staff, intimidated them.’ They actually said that they felt threatened, and they asked us not to come back,” [Students for Life director Alexa] Coombs said.

At least Huffpo ran an update to its story. As of 5:46 a.m. ET Thursday, others pushing the story (see e.g.,  here, herehere, here, and here) have not yet done so.

  • $9898556

    The Huffington Puffington Post is nothing more than a radical liberal propaganda machine. It’s also read by the same people who’s only other source of news is Comedy Central.

    • NRPax

      The sad part is that it was started with the help of Andrew Breitbart to give left leaning people a voice as well.

    • bbroome62

      Over the years I’ve been posting their there has been an increase in the lib to con ratio.

      • bbroome62

        Oops – con to lib.

        • bozo

          teh math….it be hard

    • Richo

      People who work at the Puffington Host should take a journalism course. And Rick Santorum should consider taking a public speaking course. So I guess they’re even.

      • DreadPirateStarbucks

        He’s an excellent public speaker. The stupid left takes him out of context on purpose because they are foul liars.

        • Michael Hampton

          So quoting him directly makes us “foul liars”? Really?

          • DreadPirateStarbucks

            “…Quoting him directly makes us foul liars…” states Michael Hampton. See what I did there?

          • Michael Hampton

            use (sic) when you remove quotation marks.

          • DreadPirateStarbucks

            What difference at this point does it make? Amirite?

      • docmerlin

        I don’t like him at all (I think he’s a big government guy), but he’s an excellent speaker. They lie, and misquote him as part of the game.

      • ThomasD

        Blaming the speaker when someone willfully misinterprets what was said is not merely ignorant, but poisonously stupid.

        No human is so clear and concise as to never be taken out of context.

    • rennyangel2

      MSNBC

    • Elaine

      Just don’t bother them with facts, ok?

      • $9898556

        Derp, what are you talking about?

  • $9898556

    The Huffington Puffington Post is nothing more than a radical liberal propaganda machine. It’s also read by the same people who’s only other source of news is Comedy Central.

  • 1azuce

    Liberalism is a mental disorder.

  • 1azuce

    Liberalism is a mental disorder.

  • V the K

    Imagine the nastiest group of middle-school girls in the world, constantly tearing down and making sh-t up about the “unpopular” girls in order to preserve their perceived social status. That’s basically what the progressive left is.

    • The Penguin

      Spot on!

    • Richo

      The progressive left as nasty middle school girls, LOL, I’ll remember that the next time there is an article about an unpopular Democrat woman here that brings out a bunch of childish name-calling about her appearance or age.

      • V the K

        We don’t have to make sh-t up to attack the stupidity of the left.

      • Catchance

        The difference is that we don’t have to lie about it. “Abortion Barbie” may be snarky, but it’s the perfect descriptive nickname for Wendy Davis.

      • beyond partisan

        Oh, you mean like how the left made t-shirts during the 08 election that said in big block letters: SARAH PALIN IS A C—?

        There’s nothing more vicious and misogynistic than a leftist male going after a conservative female.

        • Micha_Elyi

          Other than a leftist female, of course.

      • chicagorefugee

        Eh, biter bit. You don’t get to keep all the fun to yourself. After all, that would hardly be fair, now would it? But I do think I can promise that we, at least, will stop short of publishing multiple “hate fuck” fantasies in various media. Leftists have something of an exclusive on that! (But we’re supposed to be the misogynists … LOL!)

      • chicagorefugee

        Eh, biter bit. You don’t get to keep all the fun to yourself. After all, that would hardly be fair, now would it? But I do think I can promise that we, at least, will stop short of publishing multiple “hate fuck” fantasies in various media. Leftists have something of an exclusive on that! (But we’re supposed to be the misogynists … LOL!)

    • Elaine

      Liberals are the bullies on the political stage.

      • Clete Torres

        Isn’t it interesting that this should be, seeing that it’s the libs that are spearheading the ‘stomp out bullying’ campaigns all over the country.

        • bradgates

          Libs want to stomp out bullying ONLY against certain special interest demographic groups. Thus, for example, if you’re straight and non-liberal, they eagerly cheer on anyone bullying you.

          • chicagorefugee

            Straight. White. Males. It’s pretty much Open Season on them! And with the nation-wide flash mob phenomena – the crime that dare not speak it’s name – Literally Open Season!

    • tommcgtx

      The same could be said of the “progressive” right. (Cruz and Paul called “whacko”, etc.)

      • V the K

        John McCain is part of the Progressive Left.

        • tommcgtx

          We have ’em on both sides

  • V the K

    Imagine the nastiest group of middle-school girls in the world, constantly tearing down and making sh-t up about the “unpopular” girls in order to preserve their perceived social status. That’s basically what the progressive left is.

  • Thomas, Snarkmaster General

    This is HuffPo playing to its audience: a group of uninformed bloggers and Twits (as opposed to Tweeters) who will run with any anti-conservative message no matter how badly sourced or factually manipulated it may be. Think Media Matters with no budget.

    At this point, I’m not going to say it was an accident. It’s being done on purpose.

  • peteee363

    the sad part is, nothing ever dies on the internet. so the first factually incorrect story will still be out there, and quoted over and over again for years. the left loves these type of things, so misinformation to slime republicans can be thrown back at them.

    • tommcgtx

      They count on that, it’s part of the plan

    • chicagorefugee

      A lie runs around the world while the truth is getting it’s boots on … *sigh*

  • MurphsLaw

    Propaganda is much more desired and preferred by the leftists than the truth. Lies and distortion are not only core to their belief system, it has become requisite. Like the lady Mitt Romney killed with cancer.
    .
    The truth for commies, has always been secondary for them.

  • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

    It’s their only play. Misquote a conservative and then attack them for what they did not say.

    And for the record, with the attempts to legally normalize “transgenderism” it is the left that is wanting to put young men into the showers of your little girl’s school locker rooms.

  • Steve_J

    With their tweets all the einstein’s attacking Santorum only proved the point he was making.

    • richard40

      Yes, but if the MSM ensures that only the original false Huffpro story gets out there, the low info voters will never know. So the left wins anyway.

  • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

    …And they’retelling Santorum and the Pro-life supporters they “have issues…”I think he ought to get with this group, and SUE THE $#!+ out of the National YMCA Council, or whomever is in charge! And hold the trial in San Antonio or Dallas, instead of Austin (At least it’ll be fairer…isn’t that what Libs want? fairness for everyone? /Sarc) Jawamax 8<{D}

    • Michael Anderson (WB)

      That’s what they want as long as some people get more fairness than others.

    • mike_in_kosovo

      SA and Dallas are almost as “blue” as Austin, anymore…

      • chicagorefugee

        Just wait ’til HUD gets to work on that new “integration” plan! Targeted, of course, exclusively at red or purple neighborhoods ….

        • mike_in_kosovo

          No doubt!

  • americanexile

    Context? What’s that?
    -The Left

  • rennyangel2

    Libs will soon make it uncomfortable to shower in the gym when hairy custodians can suddenly decide they are having a transsexual day and enter the grade school girls lav, legally.

  • BoscoBolt

    Santorum is correct, and this is why liberals “win”. Liberals are crude, rude and have no manners or scruples – and this is how they shut others down. No moment, no conversation, no event is an inappropriate time for liberals to drop an abortion joke or comment or some other vile, crude statement or verbal attack – anyone who has had to spend time with a liberal knows this is true. And yes, liberals do it with passion – they are bullies – and many (non-liberals / conservatives) simply walk away and try to avoid the confrontation or the waste of energy. It’s a difficult situation – do we violate our own personal beliefs and standards of behavior and try to be polite, or do we sink to the liberals’ level and fight them on their own terms?

    America has devolved tremendously over the last six years or so – we have truly lost much of what made America great, and obama and his liberals exploit the collapse of American society to their benefit – every chance they get.

    • beyond partisan

      I used to be a die-hard liberal Democrat and so were many of my friends. Liberals didn’t used to be this mean and nasty. I actually stopped being liberal precisely because this hateful insanity took over after the Bush years.

      • mike_in_kosovo

        Bush Sr years?

      • $3842491

        I don’t know what you’re talking about. I remember very clearly the insanity, mean and nasty things about Reagan. Bush Sr and W are just the most recent examples of the entire MSM going after republicans, whereas Clinton and O are just the most recent examples of the MSM covering for dems. The MSM has been hardcore left since at least the 1950’s, if not well before.

        • gjsmith_62

          I’d say after JFK, they became unhinged. From charismatic JFK to crude n-word, hater LBJ. They stuck with a complete redneck ( in the worst sense ) with LBJ. ( oh and Byrd, Gore and the rest of the racists.)

    • Sambo Caesar

      They have no shame, or accountability.

    • richard40

      If you are at a university, you are almost forced to stay silent and take it, because if you object, you are guilty of hate speech, and get sent to a manditory divesity reeducation camp.

  • Jimni27

    Oh wow. I even knew about the YMCA incident and STILL was wondering from the Huffpo article why Santorum was spouting off about kids being afraid to take showers. Doesn’t matter that they corrected it, the damage is done, it’s been RT’ed to the low info masses and that’s all they will remember. Man I hate the liberal press.

  • nc

    It breaks my heart that this good and courageous man must endure the constant slander from the left (and sometimes even from the right). He never lets it deter him, though. He is an inspiration, and hopefully, as in this clip, will be to the next generation.

    Thank you, Byron York, for attempting to set the record straight. The slimeball media would never even question the Huff’s outrageous fairy tale.

    • richard40

      I dont actually agree with Santorum that much, he is too much of a socon and not enough of a fiscal conservative for me. But I agree that this thing was definitely very biased character assisination.

  • beyond partisan

    This just goes to show you how uninformed the far left really is. I knew exactly what Santorum was referring to, as I knew about the Austin YMCA debacle already! I’m not actually a fan of Santorum, but the way this guy is hated on by the left makes me sympathize with him more. There’s this bizarre, emotional, hateful reaction the left seems to have against nice, geeky conservatives that borders on the pathological. Santorum is a simply your average dork and the left DESPISES him for it. Sad, really.

  • MarcusFenix

    Liberals only understand context when it supports their cause. It’s as intellectually dishonest as one can possibly be.

  • http://www.freedomreconnection.com CO2 Producer

    A story of one person’s alleged lunacy becomes a story of progressive intolerance and character assassination resulting from poor fact-finding.

    Hear that loud bang? It’s the left’s tailpipe backfiring again.

  • http://twitter.com/lazypadawan lazypadawan

    The truth has never mattered to the Left.

  • bkp100

    Typical Left grab-any-out-of-context-statement and run with it… They no longer have even a nodding acquaintance with the truth or reality… and even worse, they don’t care…
    But, with pathological role models like HillaReiLosiBama, it’s really no wonder…

    • pgson

      All of these media establishments should have their licenses revoked and many be put in jail over what they have done and continue to do daily. If you’re a conservative anything, you’d best have an eye on their publications/news reports 24 hours a day to make sure you pounce on any falsehood they inevitably will write/say about you. If conservatives and establishment yes men would stop giving them carte blanch to do it by going on their programs and allowing them to pick them apart like a Thanksgiving turkey, and instead denounce them each and everywhere they go, even sue them if slanderous wrongs are said about them, maybe something might start to change.

      • bkp100

        You’ve a strong point. Unfortunately, the “evil, mean-spirited, demonic right” has yet to even take off the kid gloves, and strike a balance between pushing back with civility, and the Left/Occupy/anarchist mentality…

      • richard40

        Of course if you are being interviewed by a leftie MSM type, and object to the premise of some biased question they just gave you, that just proves how angry, intolerant, and argumentative you are.

  • Linda White Besink

    The left is not interested in context unless it benefits them. This is just a tiny taste of what Santorum is in for if he decides to run for prez again. As far as the pro-life group, what else should they expect in Austin?

    • TexasMom2012

      uh, fairness. equal access to the Young Men’s Christian Association???

      • Rick Caird

        There is a reason it is the “YMCA” now and no longer “Young Men’s Christian Organization”.

  • mike_in_kosovo

    Misrepresentation by the Huffinglue Post?

    Say it isn’t so…..

  • gearbox123

    The left always wants to not only win the argument, but crush their enemies, annihilate them, destroy them. That’s why they are winning. They make an example of somebody and then others are afraid to challenge them. Maybe we need some more of this spirit on the right.

  • D.I.

    “As of 5:46 a.m. ET Thursday, others pushing the story…have not yet done so.”

    Don’t hold your breath waiting.

  • Alarms & Discursions

    Liberals simply don’t care about truth. But more interesting is the way they tar him as gay, showing how much they themselves despise homosexuals.

    • chicagorefugee

      Yup. Same thing applies to their infantile fascination with the term “tea bagger.”

  • bggatbdl

    Instead of splitting hairs, let’s concentrate on the real truth here. Santorum hates women, children, minorities, and gays, like all Republicans, and he is the biggest bigot in the Religious Right. For years, Santorum has pursued and advocated policies that would make Saudi Arabian laws on homosexuality look liberal in comparison. It wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest if Santorum went to speak before Religious Right hate groups and advocated for the burning and stoning of gays for being gay. America doesn’t need a hate-filled Republican that advocates for Draconian punishment on gays. Santorum should be arrested for his hate speech, given a fair trial, summarily convicted, and sent to the showers in Leavenworth.

    • chicagorefugee

      And here, ladies and gentlemen, we see the left’s commitment to free speech in all it’s glory. They hate hate HATE the first amendment. Scratch a leftist, find a fascist!

      • richard40

        Leftists are completely committed to free speech, for other leftists, for anybody else, not so much.

        • chicagorefugee

          To be fair, leftists do want us to be absolutely positively free to say exactly what they tell us to say.

          “In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, not to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is…in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to.”
          ― Theodore Dalrymple

          • richard40

            Have you ever noticed that when a leftist says they want a dialog on race, what the really mean is they tell us how racist we are, and how much we owe them for being such racists, and we silently listen to their preaching and agree with them. Of course if you object to anything they say, and attempt to give your views, you just prove how racist you are, get charged with hate speech, and if you are in a university you end up in a manditory diversity reeducation camp. And here I always thought a dialog meant two people frankly giving their views to each other. And they wonder why nobody wants to have any “dialogs” like that, and call us cowards because we dont want to.

          • chicagorefugee

            Yup. They don’t want discussions, they want lectures – and reeducation camps.

    • Zach Smith

      Truth doesn’t matter, just as long as it advances the agenda, right?

      I see you hit all the buzzwords: women, children, minorities, gay, bigot, religious right, hate. Even a few repeats. Bonus points for Saudi Arabia and draconian. Unfortunately, you didn’t manage to work in global warming, so you are not eligible for the grand prize.

    • gjsmith_62

      So, you’re able to read minds? What is it like to be omniscient?

      Now, care to actually cite a law Santorum advocated that’s even close to Saudi Arabia’s beheading of homosexuals?

      Or, are you just lying?

      Hate? Project much?

    • nc

      Wow, that must have taken a long time to write. Aren’t you going to be late for your Free Mumia Rally?

  • DocRambo

    Typical libtards reactions, truth of the matter doesn’t mean anything, just their rightious sounding response to ill based factoids.

  • curmudgeoninchief

    You know, if the Students for Life crowd had taken their showers without wearing their distinctive blue t-shirts, probably none of this would have happened. But they insisted on wearing their gang colors when using the facilities, and the Bloods (the Baby Killers) had to react. So we had a gang smackdown, and the Bloods proved once again that they had the stones to get in some innocent third-party’s face to make their point. God love ’em, but they are predictable.

  • http://www.federaleagent86.blogspot.com/ Federale

    Liberals are lying communists.

  • richard40

    What the pro life students should have done was sue the Y for discrimnation and free speech violation. As part of the settlement, demand that the Y expell the ones who demanded that they be expelled. While the lawsuit is happening, continuously picket the Y and organize a boycott against the Y for discrimination and free speech violation. The only way you win these battles is to make the people in between, the managers of the Y, just as afraid of us as they are of the leftists, so they finally decide that as long as they will lose equally no matter what, they may as well just do the right thing.

  • el_polacko

    the whole story is still weird. where the heck were these students staying that they all needed to use the showers at the Y ??

    • lhogan

      They were staying at a church, which probably does not have bathing facilities, except maybe a Baptistry!.

      • richard40

        As far as I know most religious people shower as much as anybody else. Perhaps you confused them with some OWS types, who obviously do not shower often.

    • richard40

      Pretty lame observation. Doesn’t the Y have exercise facilities as well, and dont people normally go to the shower after exercising.

  • Jum1801

    Gosh – leftists who don’t tell the whole story in order to mislead or draw inapposite and incorrect conclusions, all for political/ideological gain? There’s a dog-bites-man story. *yawn*

  • thohan

    Too many people eager to jump all over other people on Twitter. Would they be like that face-to-face? I hope not.

    • richard40

      The cowardly leftists at the Y who complained obviously didn’t have much courage, since they never faced the people they complained about.

  • richard40

    Just thought of something. I thought it was called the Young Mens Christian Association. So what are they doing throwing out Christians. Maybe this group needs a name change, perhaps the Young Mens Leftist Association. Or now that I think about it that might generate complaints from women and gays, so how about the Young Persons Association. Oh wait, then they might be guilty of ageism. Its so hard to come up with a good name nowdays without offending somebody.