Remember Rep. Steve King of Iowa? He’s the principled conservative congressman who got the Nick Sandmann treatment from the media and trigger-happy squishy Republicans in Congress. But he didn’t have videotape to prove that they were lying, so nobody issued retractions. Read that sad story here.
Last time, the New York Times seemed to twist King’s defense of Western civilization into an embrace of white nationalist hate. This time, multiple media, including CNN, want to make him sound like a rape apologist.
King tried to personalize the issue. Instead of thinking of children of rape as some vague, amorphous “them,” he asked his listeners to consider an unsettling possibility. Namely, that some of them might be the descendants of children of rape. Even he, Steve King, might be.
Now, I’ll say off the bat that King is a straight shooter, terribly earnest, and not a master of cautious rhetoric. He ought to have known that nowadays it simply isn’t safe to say something, anything, which can be twisted out of context. Because there are thousands of scavengers ready to do exactly that. And that’s what happened here. ….