Friday, July 31, 2015
GOP presidential candidate Rand Paul tells The Brody File that the media will eventually correct themselves after giving Donald Trump plenty of attention in the presidential race.
“I think eventually the media will come back to covering some of the issues of the day and if people want to complain that it’s not serious and we are not having a serious debate, then the media needs to be out there asking serious questions and talking about serious issues," he said. "I think the debates will help to focus that.”
Watch the answer below.
MANDATORY COURTESY: CBN NEWS/ THE BRODY FILE
It’s Cecil vs. Cecile. Cecil, the African lion vs Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood.
Surely these horrifying undercover videos of Planned Parenthood doctors discussing the sale of fetal body parts from aborted babies would receive more media coverage than a famed lion right?
Yea, right. The lion wins and isn't Cecile Richards jumping for joy? Read below from the Media Research Center. The headline of the article is titled:
Nets Covered Cecil the Lion More in 1 Day Than Abortion Videos in 2 Weeks
America’s anchors have spoken: the shooting of one lion vastly outweighs the trafficking of baby parts by a taxpayer-funded abortion giant.
In other words, the broadcast news shows spent more time in one day on Cecil the Lion than they did on the Planned Parenthood videos in two weeks.
The three broadcast networks, ABC, NBC and CBS censored the third video released Tuesday by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) exposing Planned Parenthood’s practice of harvesting aborted baby parts -- censored it at Planned Parenthood’s urging. But the news shows did find more than 14 minutes for a more important story: the “outrage” over the shooting of Cecil, a famed African lion, by an American dentist.
Tuesday, the networks spent 5 minutes, 44 seconds during their evening news shows on Cecil -- and that’s not even counting the teasers. Wednesday morning, ABC, NBC and CBS lamented over the lion for 8 minutes, 17 seconds.
But they couldn’t do the same for a story of babies “picked” apart by tweezers.
Since the release of CMP’s first video, the three broadcast news shows have spent a total of 11 minutes and 13 seconds on the story exposing the horrific practices by taxpayer-funded Planned Parenthood.
The whole article is here.
What is this world coming to? Should we be outraged at what this American dentist did to poor Cecil? Of Course! But someone needs to explain to me how abortion politics and a "women's right to choose" has anything to do with the grotesque practice of Planned Parenthood doctors caught on tape?
Are we that desensitized as a society? Has it really come to that? Can we not just leave politics out of this equation and see this for what it is? The mainstream media should be ashamed of themselves.
And then there were four….
Yet another undercover video exposing Planned Parenthood doctors discussing the sale of fetal body parts from aborted babies. Watch below.
You would think the bill to defund Planned Parenthood coming up for a vote in the Senate this Monday would have the support of EVERY Senate Republican.
Not so. Susan Collins and Mark Kirk will vote no. Why you ask? Here is Kirk’s explanation:
“I do not plan to cut access to basic health care and contraception for women, the majority of whom have no other resources.”
Here’s the problem with that theory: the bill in front of the Senate not only defunds Planned Parenthood but it takes that $500 billion and disperses it to more reputable women’s health clinics. So out with that argument.
Here’s another question: How long will it take for pro-life Senate Democrats like Joe Donnelly, Joe Manchin, and Bob Casey to get on board with this?
For that matter, why isn’t this a no-brainer for every senator?
Wait! Don’t tell me! Party over principle? Lobbying and cash donations to their campaign? Goodness gracious.
Thursday, July 30, 2015
The Brody File goes inside Iowa’s famous Machine Shed Restaurant. We also catch up with Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., on the campaign trail in Iowa.
The Brody File goes inside Iowa’s famous Machine Shed Restaurant. We also go one-on-one with Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, at the Family Leadership Summit.
The Brody File goes inside Iowa’s famous Machine Shed Restaurant. We also go one-on-one with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee at the Family Leadership Summit.
The Brody File goes inside Iowa’s famous Machine Shed Restaurant. We also go one-on-one with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker from inside his campaign Winnebago.
Sen. Rand Paul is taking the fight to Planned Parenthood. Many of the GOP presidential candidates have been outspoken on this issue but Rand Paul has been a pro-life leader for decades.
Watch our interview in the piece below as he tries to defund Planned Parenthood. He has a few choice words for Hillary Clinton, too.
WASHINGTON -- The push to stop using taxpayer money for Planned Parenthood is gaining momentum on Capitol Hill. The Senate is scheduled to vote Monday to permanently defund the abortion provider.
It's a move that could cost the organization more than $500 million a year.
The push follows the release of a third undercover video showing Planned Parenthood doctors arranging the sale of fetal body parts from aborted babies.
The footage is hard to watch: It shows Planned Parenthood doctors discussing how much aborted baby body parts would sell for on the fetal tissue market.
"There were three or four samples we could have taken out of the 11.6," an actor posing as a buyer says in the video. "If we were doing like 50 to 75 per specimen. That'd be like 200 to 300 and we'd be comfortable with that."
While Planned Parenthood claims it does not sell fetal tissue for profit, Republican lawmakers have seen enough and are calling for the federal funding of the group to stop –immediately.
Sens. James Lankford, R-Okla., Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, and Rand Paul, R-Ky., put forth the bill.
"Our legislation ensures that federal funding taken from Planned Parenthood will be made available to other entities that provide health services for women," Sen. Ernst said.
"The calloused harvesting of body parts by Planned Parenthood shows a complete disregard for human dignity," Sen. Lankford said. "It is self-evident that we should honor life and stand against the harvest of human organs."
Sen. Rand Paul is one of the leaders in this fight and for him, this issue goes back a long time."
"Probably my very first public speech I spoke out against abortion," Rand told CBN News. "I gave a speech in my church when I was 17 years old."
"My hands were shaking," he recalled. "It was the first time I ever spoke in public really because I felt strongly that we should make a statement on this."
"All the rest of our rights, everything else that I argue for all stems from the right to life and if you don't defend the right to life how can you be for any other sort of lesser right or secondary rights?" he asked.
While Republicans like Paul are taking action, Democrats refuse to rush to judgment.
Although presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called the videos "disturbing," she's still defending the controversial organization.
"For more than a century, Planned Parenthood has provided essential services for women," she said. "I think it is unfortunate that Planned Parenthood had been the object of such a concerted attack for so many years."
Sen. Paul, who's also running for president, says Clinton is on the wrong side of this debate.
"She's also taking money from Planned Parenthood," Paul noted. "She's taken at least $10,000 that we can find in contributions from Planned Parenthood officials and I've called for her to return that."
"I think she should send the money back," he continued. "I think the money is tainted. I think the money comes from - indirectly at least - from people who are selling babies' organs."
Presidential politics aside, this is now a numbers game. Senate Republicans need 60 votes to push this bill through, which means some Democrats will have to join them – an uphill battle for sure.
Meanwhile, the lack of attention to the videos from the mainstream media coverage hasn't helped.
A new Media Research Center report shows the big three networks spent just 11 minutes on this story in the last two weeks. Compare that to the 14 minutes spent in just one day by the networks on Cecil, the famous African lion shot to death by an American dentist.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz have four things in common: they are both running for president of the United States; they are both trying to court the evangelical vote; they are both Southern Baptists, and both will be conspicuously absent after not being invited to the big sold-out evangelical event next week sponsored by Southern Baptists!
What gives? Apparently they didn’t make the cut. Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio did.
Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, will be interviewing Bush and Rubio next week at the evangelical conference in Nashville. The ERLC made clear that invitations would only be extended to presidential candidates polling at 10 percent or higher on May 1 (determined by the Real Clear Politics national average).
So Bush, Rubio, Scott Walker, and Hillary Clinton got invitations. Walker and Clinton couldn’t make it but the ERLC stuck with their 10 percent threshold rather than inviting others. Imagine if they didn't go with the May 1 deadline but instead went with July 1? Umm, calling Donald Trump.
The fact that two Southern Baptists like Huckabee and Cruz will not be part of the conversation at a Southern Baptist event seems a bit odd on the surface. Capping the invitees at the 10 percent threshold can invite criticism because you’re limiting the viewpoints that Southern Baptists will be able to hear in person at a conference that will be widely attended and reported on.
So, indeed, it’s not the greatest PR for the ERLC when Southern Baptist candidates like Cruz and Huckabee are left out. At this point, it should be noted that the civil forum is just an hour long and the ERLC isn’t the sponsor of the event. The North American Mission Board and the International Mission Board (both Southern Baptist organizations) carved out the short one-hour slot for ERLC.
Could that slot have been increased to include more candidates? It’s a legitimate question.
When asked about the absence of Huckabee and Cruz, Moore provided the following statement to The Brody File:
"When the North American Mission Board asked us to have a conversation with candidates, I wanted to have all the candidates. Unfortunately, there are roughly 144,000 candidates running this year. So we determined objective criteria for polling, as laid out in the press release and invited candidates from both parties who met that standard. I look forward to having conversations with all the candidates, of both parties. This is an ongoing conversation. We had to start somewhere and the polling averages gave us an objective criteria to do so.”
Don Hinkle, editor of The Pathway, the official newspaper of the Missouri Baptist Convention with a readership of approximately 50,000 has concerns and tells The Brody File the following:
"A lot of Southern Baptists are concerned that only two candidates will be at the Send North America conference, which is expected to draw about 13,000 people. I respect Dr. Moore and applaud his willingness to engage in public policy matters, but the way outstanding conservative candidates like Sen. Cruz, Gov. Huckabee, Gov. Jindal, Gov. Perry and even Gov. Kasich have been treated in this matter is inexcusable."
"There is an appearance of favoritism and a lot of people are asking why do such a thing 15 months before a general election -- and at a missions conference, no less…Give the national candidates some time, especially with the debates set to begin in August. Let the field thin out, then do something, say next spring or early summer… The present situation is not prudent. Southern Baptists are open-minded and, at this point, want to maintain a sense of fairness."
Thursday, July 23, 2015
So much for the traditional press conference. But what a moment it was! Call it, "Ted's Excellent Adventure."In D.C. Thursday afternoon, Concerned Women for America’s Legislative Action Committee (CWALAC) held a rally to protest the Obama administration’s nuclear weapons deal with Iran. There are plenty of concerns but this rally highlighted the fact that despite the deal, four Americans are still being held hostage.
Enter Ted Cruz.
The GOP presidential candidate began to hold court when folks from Code Pink and other liberal protesters (they call themselves peace protesters) tried to interrupt Cruz’s speech. What transpired next was classic Ted Cruz. Instead of just telling them to be quite, he invited them over to have a dialogue.
This is why people like Ted Cruz. He’s not afraid of a fight or a debate on the issues. He doesn’t back down and when he engages like this he shows himself to be in total command of a hostile environment which just endears him to conservatives even more.
Watch the video below.
MANDATORY COURTESY: CBN NEWS
Below is some more on today’s press conference including a statement from CWALAC CEO and president.
"Our president ignoring U.S. interests abroad and a State Department in over its head is once again ignoring Americans being held hostage in Iran. Reminiscent of 1979, when Iranian students stormed the U.S. embassy in Tehran and successfully captured fifty-two Americans, once again U.S. citizens are being mistreated and unjustly imprisoned by the theocratic, Islamic regime."
"The four current hostages have been held far longer than the 444 days the Americans in 1979. Pastor Saeed Abedini has been held over 1,000 days (three years), former-Marine Amir Hekmati has been imprisoned since 2011 (four years), former-FBI agent Robert Levinson has been missing since 2007 (eight years), and Washington Post reporter Jason Renzaian has been a prisoner for a year."
"The recent negotiations with Iran evoke terrible memories from past dealings under the Carter Administration's sweaty-palmed foreign policy and ineptitude. Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee members call on Congress to pass a resolution of disapproval of this so-called 'deal' based off of the poor judgement and lack of content included. CWALAC also urges the White House to demand the release of U.S. hostages that were left in Iran. In solidarity with our fellow Americans being held by this repressive regime, we will wear yellow ribbons at this upcoming demonstration."