So Fox News released a ‘transcript’ of last week’s debate. The reason I put transcript in scare quotes is that at least two parts of the debate have been scrubbed from Fox News’ transcript. First, Jeb! has ties to the Bloomberg Foundation (RINO!) which supports Planned Parenthood (BOO! HISS!; boldface mine):
Kelly: Governor Bush, let’s start with you. Many Republicans have been outraged recently by a series of videos on Planned Parenthood. You now say that you support ending federal funding for this organization. However, until late 2014, right before you started your campaign, you sat on the board of a Bloomberg charity that quite publicly gave tens of millions of dollars to Planned Parenthood, while you were a Director. How could you not know about these well-publicized donations [a few boos] and if you did know, how could you help a charity so openly committed to abortion rights?
Bush: I joined the Bloomberg foundation because of Mike Bloomberg’s shared commitment for meaningful education reform. That’s why I was on it. We never had a debate about the budget. It was presented and we approved it. Not item by item. Here’s my record. As governor of the state of Florida, I defunded Planned Parenthood. [applause] I created a culture of life in our state. We were the only state to appropriate money for crisis pregnancy centers. We expanded dramatically the number of adoptions out of our foster care system. We created — we did parental notification laws. We ended partial birth abortion. We did all of this. And we were the first state to do a “choose life” license plate. Now 29 states have done it and tens of millions of dollars have gone to create a culture where more people, more babies are adopted.
Kelly: But did you know?
Bush: [pause] No. I didn’t know. But it doesn’t matter. I was working on this board because of the education. My record is clear. My record as a pro-life governor is not in dispute. I am completely pro-life and I believe that we should have a culture of life, it’s informed by my faith from beginning to end. [big applause] And I did this not just as it related to unborn babies, I did it at the end-of-life issues as well. This is something that goes way beyond politics. And I hope one day that we get to the point where we respect life, in its fullest form, across the board. [applause]
Meanwhile, Fox also wants to plane the soft edges off of Marc Rubio:
Kelly: Senator Rubio, you favor a rape and incest exception to abortion bans. Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York just said yesterday those exceptions are preposterous. He said they discriminate against an entire class of human beings. If you believe that life begins at conception, as you say you do, how do you justify ending a life just because it begins violently, through no fault of the baby?
Rubio: Well, Megyn, first of all, I’m not sure that’s a correct assessment of my record. I would go on to add that I believe all…
Kelly: You don’t favor a rape and incest exception?
As of Sunday morning, both of those sections were replaced with “COMMERCIAL BREAK”. Leaving aside just how far removed the Republican rank-and-file is on this issue from the rest of the country (and how little they seem to recognize that), this is nothing more than flat-out altering the record, putting the thumb on the scales for certain candidates.
Maybe that’s what balanced means in ‘fair and balanced’?