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Spinning the Sotomayor Abortion Debate in the NYT

In her reader diary, Julie Hollar writes, The New York Times demonstrates how not to report on reproductive rights groups’ reaction to the Sotomayor nomination: by going to anti-choice activists to frame the story.

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Gender Cop Dowd’s Plagiarism Kerfluffle

This
revelation of Dowd’s thoughtless use of words is far from new. She’s been
a perennial thorn in the side of feminists and everyone who would like to move beyond Mad Men-era
perceptions of gender.

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A “Provocative” Look at the Christian Right

A new book by Jon A. Shields tries to make reasonable claims about the Christian-right and its "logic," but instead comes off as biased.

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The Media on Rihanna: Love Doesn’t Hurt, But Abuse Is Complicated

A growing number of people in the media seek to dissolve the myth of women’s culpability in violent relationships. But the question that is asked most often of the Rihanna/Chris Brown story is “Why did she stay?” rather than “Why did he do it?”

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Gorney Examines Palin as “True Lifer”

Cynthia Gorney has a must read piece in the New York Times, entitled "True Lifer"
noting the appeal of Gov. Sarah Palin to voters who want to ban all
abortions.

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Fiscally Conned, Socially Conned: The Con Game of Conservative Talking Points

As the reality of governing-by-deregulation-talking-points trickles down upon us, is it too much to hope that voters might see through social conservative talking points too?

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New York Times/CBS Poll Shows Consistent Support for Legal Abortion Rights

Yet another major poll demonstrates high levels of consistent support for safe, legal abortion rights, and an election in which social issues are not driving the agenda. Not surprisingly, it’s the economy, proving that most Americans aren’t stupid.

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In These “Times”

What is The New York Times' problem with abortion? The editorial page consistently supports sex education, birth control, and the right to legally end unwanted pregnancy. The rest of the Times, however, often seems uncomfortable with concrete applications of these principles.

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Henneberger’s Anti-Choice Pro-Choice Platform

Melinda Henneberger's recent op-ed in The New York Times outlining her thoughts on why the Democrats should be the anti-choice pro-choice party released a blogstorm of protest.

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