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Believe it or not, Snopes accurately analyzes a question about abortion

by | Dec 26, 2019

By Dave Andrusko

In the “even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while” category, as I live and breathe Snopes actually got something right about a question related to abortion. This is a site so ponderously self-important that it once solemnly fact-checked a parody written by the satirical Christian web site The Babylon Bee. (You can’t make this stuff up.)

And with the rarest of exceptions, Snopes come to the politically correct conclusion which includes virtually always giving a thumbs-up to pro-abortion charges and a thumbs-down to pro-life contentions.

Perhaps it was because the analysis was posted Christmas Eve, but not this time.

The question (or “claim”) Dan MacGuill checked out was the following: “In her Netflix stand-up comedy special ‘Joke Show,’ Michelle Wolf joked that having an abortion made her feel ‘very powerful’ and akin to God.” Rating for this claim? “Correct Attribution.”

So, to be fair, since I routinely hammer Snopes for its one-sided conclusions, let me give them a Rating of “Correct Attribution.”

To be equally fair, it would be nigh on impossible to come to a different conclusion. You just watch her awful brand of humor, type out what she said, and voila you are treated to a disgusting monologue made worse by an audience that cheered on her tastelessness.

MacGuill quotes the relevant portion of Wolf’s routine in its entirety:

We don’t talk about abortion in a real way. We talk about it in a very legislative way, but not in a real way. So I think a lot of women have a lot of apprehension surrounding it. You know, we talk about it so negatively that you feel like you should have this sense of shame after you get an abortion. Well you can feel any way you want after you get an abortion. Get one, see how you feel. [Audience laughs]. You know how my abortion made me feel? Very powerful. You know how people say you can’t play God? [Gestures, audience laughs]. I walked out of there being like “Move over Morgan Freeman [a reference to the movie “Bruce Almighty”], I am God!” [Audience laughs]. And then I crossed the street very carefully. ‘Cos that was the perfect time for God to be like “You’re not God, b_ _ch, here’s a bus.” [Audience laughs].

MacGuill, to his credit, notes that the “Right-leaning websites” [the Daily Wire and Newsbusters}, not only accurately quoted Wolf but also “both acknowledged that her comments came in the context of a stand-up comedy performance. NewsBusters reflected that by specifying, in its headline, that Wolf had ‘joked.’”

Two quick thoughts. First, MacGuill concludes with a different example where the websites gave two other comedians a pass for jokes that some considered “offensive.”

You’re supposed to come to the politically correct conclusion that joking about experiencing God-like powers for having annihilated an unborn child is no more big a deal than something else that some would find offensive. Get it? Selective outrage.

Second, this, too, shall pass. The next time something related to abortion that is not black-and-white clearly and inescapably accurate—as was the case here– Snopes will defend the pro-abortion perspective.

It’s what they do, it’s who they are.

Categories: Abortion