Tough Times for Social Conservatives in America
By: Bill O'ReillyMay 11, 2015
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In cyber-space, there are scores of vicious political websites that try to destroy people with whom they disagree.

Both sides participate, but there are many more left-wing smear sites than right wing.

Enter the presidential race of 2016.

Republican candidates are in the smear zone, especially if they speak out against liberal causes.

Let me give you three examples.

Here's Governor Scott Walker talking about abortion.

March 1

GOV. SCOTT WALKER (R), WISCONSIN“When I think of the ultrasound picture that Tonette, my wife, and I saw of our first son, who's now going to be 21 this June, it's indistinguishable not to recognize that it's a human life.  That's why I'm pro-life.”

Certainly that's a reasonable position; it's a matter of conscience.

Yet the vicious ThinkProgress website founded by top Hillary Clinton advisor John Podesta ran a headline that said:

"Scott Walker: Doctors Should Lie To Pregnant Women To Prevent Abortions."

Now Governor Walker never said anything close to that, but the Podesta crew doesn't really care.   It's all about marginalizing Walker.

Recently, Governor Mike Huckabee said this:

April 23

MIKE HUCKABEE (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE“I think it’s fair to say Christian convictions are under attack as never before.  Not just in our lifetime, but ever before in the history of this great republic.  We are moving rapidly towards the criminalization of Christianity.”

That's very provocative, the governor referring to merchants being forced to do things by the federal government that may run counter to their religious beliefs.

In response, the despicable Daily Kos called Huckabee a "spittle-flecked idiot doing his best" to promote "delusional anti-gay conspiracy theories."

Finally there's Senator Marco Rubio:

May 11, 2014

MARCO RUBIO (R), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE“I don't agree with the notion that some are putting out there, including scientists, that somehow, there are actions we can take today that would actually have an impact on what's happening in our climate.  Our climate is always changing.”

That same day the Los Angeles Times ran a headline that said, "Marco Rubio says human activity isn't causing climate change."

Now these kinds of attacks have changed politics because the websites know few readers will fact-check the headline.

The pipeline works like this: somebody says or does something; a website distorts the words or actions; a bigger website like Yahoo picks it up with a provocative headline.

Then the mainstream press grabs it and, again, context and content is almost always ignored -- just the accusation is played up.

So it is very easy to marginalize anyone with strong opinions, and since the press is overwhelmingly left, it is conservatives who get branded as kooks and extremists.

Listen, they don't come more extreme than Senator Elizabeth Warren.

She's a socialist.  If she gained power, our whole capitalist system would be attacked by the federal government.

Yet Senator Warren is in demand, a woman of stature.

But if a political candidate is pro-life, skeptical of climate change, against gay marriage or calling for welfare reform, that person is brutally assaulted … branded a bigot, anti-woman, anti-gay, against the poor.

And this image stays with them because the news and entertainment industry is simpatico with uber-liberal thought.

Believe me, I've experienced this for 19 years.  I know how vicious this game is.

I can fight back.  Others who are smeared cannot.

Revolting situation that has affected our republic in a big way.

And that's the memo.

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