The culture wars are certainly alive and well in these United States, but, every once in a while, something happens that makes you think there’s reason for at least a little hope in what unfortunately appears to many conservatives and other traditionalists to be an otherwise hopeless situation.
On Tuesday, after the Supreme Court’s Monday ruling that overturned the Texas HB2 law requiring a minimum standard of care at abortion clinics, as well as that doctors who perform the procedures have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their clinics, plenty of liberal media outlets were in a particularly celebratory mood. Among them was Comedy Central’s decidedly left-leaning satirical news program The Daily Show, which launched the following euphoric message from its official Twitter account: “Celebrate the #SCOTUS ruling! Go knock someone up in Texas!”
Unfortunately for the social media manager over at The Daily Show, the tweet went over like a lead balloon with a large number of people, including plenty who publicly claimed to be pro-choice. Sample Twitter responses to that effect included:
@zacharybright: “I'm pro choice, but this is in poor taste.”
@bond_alexander: “This is offensive and completely misses the point. Delete the tweet and fire whoever wrote it.”
@bamaredsoxchick: “Just wow. Abortion is not a laughing matter. BTW I'm pro choice.”
For her part, Alyssa Rosenberg of The Washington Post actually used the tweet as the basis for an article on Wednesday explaining why it’s time for The Daily Show to go the way of the wind.
The Daily Show posted a follow-up tweet, once it became clear the ensuing backlash was hardly a minor one, saying, “Friends, we’re certainly not promoting abortions. Just excited about #SCOTUS reaffirming right to choose.”
Too late for them, the damage had been done…but it was not altogether uninspiring to see that some on the “other side” of the abortion debate are not as bereft of decency as those behind The Daily Show clearly are.
by Robert G. Yetman, Jr.