CNN's Kyra Phillips Messes Up the '92 GOP Convention

I've meant to point out that in the middle of Tuesday afternoon's incessant Pat Robertson's Death Wishes coverage, CNN anchor Kyra Phillips was so excited to rifle through the jolly-atheist hit file of Robertson quotes, she messed up on her sourcing:

PHILLIPS: In 1992, at the GOP convention, Pat Robertson had this to say about feminism. He said, "Feminism encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians." REV. TED HAGGARD: Yes. Yes, that's pretty exciting, huh? PHILLIPS: Yes. I don't know if it's exciting or it's pretty scary, when you hear something like that. HAGGARD: Yes.PHILLIPS: I mean, quite honestly, when I read the Bible I don't really remember taking feminism in this respect...

The problem is, I remember Pat Robertson's GOP convention speech. I listened to it at the time. I did a study then of all the hotly biased TV network coverage of the supposedly outrageous "Festival of Hate" speech of the Republicans (That's here.). And that sentence was not uttered at the Houston convention. (Robertson reproduces his speech text here.) That wild witchcraft-and-capitalism quote is very well-traveled, but I believe it's from a direct-mail fundraising letter of the same vintage.

Tim Graham
Tim Graham
Tim Graham is Executive Editor of NewsBusters and is the Media Research Center’s Director of Media Analysis