By Dave Andrusko
When you’re Jen Psaki, the White House Press Secretary for pro-abortion President Joe Biden, you going to earn your money. You can’t help—or at least I can’t help—feeling sorry for her on occasion because, given what clearly appears to be the President’s ever-diminished capabilities, Ms. Psaki is often hung out to dry.
That would ordinarily be untenable; you look stupid. But the entirety of the Prestige Press (as it used to be called) has long since chosen not to push back when what Psaki says is patently absurd or when she answers her own questions rather than the ones asked by reporters. How could it be otherwise when the #1 priority is protecting a Democrat administration?
Yet, as Tim Graham of Newsbusters wrote this week, quoting from a report compiled by journalist Julia Ioffe,
A young White House reporter, who asked for anonymity so they could speak candidly about their job, felt the White House beat had become unrecognizable. “The mechanics of reporting have changed so much,” the reporter said. “It was just this really aberrant period in which you could almost guarantee that, with enough effort, you could find out what’s going on in the Situation Room. Now you can’t—and it’s infuriating.” The reporter rushed to clarify. “Obviously, I’m not wishing that Trump was still president, but as a reporter that wants a story, it’s frustrating how disciplined they are. Kudos to them, they’re very happy with themselves. You can see it, the coverage across the board from everyone is very, very lame. You never get inside the room and hear how this sh**’s going down. Like, how are they managing this elderly man?” (White House Press Secretary Jennifer Psaki did not respond to a request for comment.)
So, Psaki’s job is to protect a man who already is essentially hermetically sealed off from a press that is desperate not to allow the light of day in.
What about our issue? Can we get a straight answer?
Late last month Media Research Center’s Melanie Arter asked Psaki, “Does the president believe that a 15-week-old unborn baby is a human being?”
“Are you asking me if the president supports a woman’s right to choose?” responded Psaki. “He does.”
But, of course, Arter wasn’t asking that. She was asking if President Biden believes a 15-week-old unborn baby is a human being. Psaki no doubt came prepared with her non-answer answer. She was fully aware that the Supreme Court had agreed to address the constitutionality of the Mississippi law which, with some exceptions, prohibits abortions after 15 weeks.
You heard echoes of that evasive answer when, MRC’s Gabriel Hayes conducted a man on the street interview with a number of people in Old Town Alexandria, just outside Washington, D.C asking the same question.
To be clear, many said, “yes,” or “without a doubt” or “absolutely. that’s a human being.”
But others said “No” because it’s a “fetus,” one man said. Asked by Hays “what’s the big difference for you?” this man had no response.
Another woman said the question is a “nebulous thing… it’s not a black and white thing…It’s not a viable human being.”
Another answered.“That’s up to each individual person. …I can’t say what’s good for one person is good for the other.”
But the most illuminating answer was one young woman who responded “Depends.” On what exactly, Hays asks “Does it have heartbeat?” Yes. “How many vital organs?” All of them.
Now what, you wonder?
Hays in a piece he wrote for MRC about his experience made a very important point. “Granted none of this makes the baby any more alive than it was at the moment of conception – where the life processes that will continue throughout its life, directed by the child’s unique DNA, begin.”
It’s amazing, is it not, how evasion remains the coin of the pro-abortion realm? That when shown a picture of a 15-week-old unborn baby—as Hays did for the people he interviewed—they switch to viability…how many organs…does it have a heartbeat?
Anything rather than answer the question: is this baby a human being?