ABC News's 'The Note' Cheers on 'Big Winner' Wendy Davis
Mainstream media outlets have offered effusive praise for Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis (D) since her 11-hour filibuster against a bill that would limit abortion access in the Lone Star State. Despite the bill’s recent and overwhelming passage through both chambers of the Texas state legislature, the national media continue to cheer on their latest liberal darling – and hype her upcoming fundraising trip to our nation’s capital.
ABC News’s The Note – the network’s online political blog – fawned over Davis’s forthcoming visit to Washington, D.C. in a Wednesday post, with “Wendy Davis Goes to Washington” displayed prominently on the front page.
The headline, of course, references the classic 1939 film Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, in which an incorruptible civic leader is appointed to fill a vacant Senate seat, and famously filibusters a public works bill for 24 hours. It would seem that The Note holds the fervently pro-choice Davis up to such a high standard.
But reporter Joan Greve’s praise of Davis did not merely extend to the headline. In the opening paragraph of her post, Greve hyped that Davis “has emerged as a big winner” despite the controversial bill’s passage.
Greves cooed that the now-famous state senator “has been basking in national attention” and has “earned a mountain of cash” – of course, Greves left out the fact that it was the liberal media which gave Davis the national attention, which in turn has allowed her to earn that “mountain of cash.”
The post was no place for dissenting voices, either – Greves included two quotes from Davis, and none from her Republican opponents in Texas.
In fairness to Greves, the ABC News reporter did acknowledge that her fundraising does not yet “match up to those of her possible competitor,” Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. Regardless, Wednesday’s article was yet another example of the media’s continued obsession with Davis and her filibuster.
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