In The Atlantic Wire, senior writer Elspeth Reeve has produced an execrable article entitled “The Conservative Meme of Satan-Loving Texas Pro-Choice Protesters Is a Bit Off.” Why is the conservative meme off? Because “only five protesters yelled about Satan.”
— Josh Rubin (@jrubin) July 3, 2013
But ace fact-checker Elle was just getting warmed up. She goes on to describe an even more treacherous example of conservative lies:
And yet that wasn’t the worst of it. Twitchy, The Daily Caller, The Blaze, and others picked up a photo showing a little girl holding a sign that says, “If I wanted the government in my womb, I would f*** a senator!” How horrible! “Pro-aborts exploit kids to advocate for killing ‘unwanted’ ones,” Twitchy’s headline blared. The image appears to have gone viral after it was tweeted by Ethan Gehrke.
However, it’s a fake. Or at least, it’s not from the Texas demonstrations. The photo was posted on a message board in December 2007. The anti-abortion crowd will have to stick with its five Satanists.
Update: I read the date wrong. The photo is real! My apologies. The pro-choice activists appear to have let a kid hold that sign after all, which, gross.
Elspeth Reeve … such a stickler for factual accuracy!
@MZHemingway That's generally what happens with any piece that's fact-checked by Elspeth Reeve.
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) July 4, 2013
— ChiefJohnRutledge (@edisto321) July 4, 2013