Opinion: Jon Ossoff’s false attack on Karen Handel’s time at Komen

You knew it was coming. But you might have expected it to be a little more honest, or at least clever.

“It,” of course, is the Ossoff campaign’s dredging up of GOP opponent Karen Handel’s brief tenure at the Susan G. Komen organization. It comes in a new ad featuring a Smyrna OB-GYN who says Handel “cut off funding for Planned Parenthood cancer screenings” while at Komen. “I don’t usually get involved in politics,” she says, “but as a doctor and a breast cancer survivor myself, what Karen Handel did is unforgivable.”

The doctor may not be just another truth-twisting politico, but she plays one on TV.

A screenshot from Ossoff’s ad, “Unforgivable.”

The controversy dates back to 2012, when Komen decided it would no longer provide grants to Planned Parenthood. The $600,000 in question was a rounding error: It represented about seven-tenths of 1 percent of Komen’s spending on grants at the time, and less than seven-hundredths of 1 percent of Planned Parenthood’s total revenues. The decision came with no fanfare, but plenty of blowback: Culture warriors on the left defend nothing more fiercely than the nation’s leading provider of abortions, and their attack on Komen was coordinated and effective. Within a week, Handel had resigned as Komen’s vice president for public policy.

Since then, there has been much examination of why exactly Planned Parenthood deserves grants from a breast cancer-awareness organization, or righteous indignation if the grants go away. The conclusion is clear: It doesn’t.

Start with a fact hardly ever acknowledged about this episode: In no way would cutting ties with Planned Parenthood have reduced Komen’s funding for breast-cancer screenings. Period. Had Komen stuck with its decision — instead of caving to PP’s PR onslaught within days and reversing its policy — the money simply would have gone to other service providers.

That almost certainly would have helped Komen pay for far more effective breast-cancer screening. Fact-checkers have verified time and again that Planned Parenthood does not provide mammograms. Politifact in 2012 rated a statement to that effect by Handel herself as true. The Washington Post on a couple of occasions has awarded three (of a possible four) “Pinocchios” to Planned Parenthood supporters, including President Obama, for claiming it does offer mammograms.

What Planned Parenthood provides are clinical breast exams, in which doctors check patients for lumps by hand. To call this practice a “cancer screening,” as in the Ossoff ad’s script, is a stretch. The American Cancer Society does not recommend these exams because “research has not shown a clear benefit of physical breast exams done by either a health professional or by yourself.” (Interestingly, Planned Parenthood’s website acknowledges this shortcoming of self-examinations, but ignores the research on the kind it provides.) The National Cancer Institute and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention echo the lack of evidence supporting the exams and instead set guidelines for when women should have the more reliable mammograms.

In effect, the “screening” performed by Planned Parenthood amounts to … telling women they should go get screened. Maybe that’s why fewer and fewer women concerned about breast cancer rely on Planned Parenthood: In its most recent annual report, the organization reported 43 percent fewer breast-cancer exams than it performed just three years earlier.

These facts are not in dispute, yet Ossoff is just the latest leftist to ignore the truth here. That’s only surprising if you believe him when he shows up on your TV claiming to be something else.

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breckenridge
breckenridge

Trump did a bit of  obligatory yammering about an Israeli - Palestinian long lasting truce today.  Of course that's what American presidents do, at least every president for as long I can remember.

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

Well time to get ready for taps. Y'all have an enjoyable evening.

breckenridge
breckenridge

Last Friday a quickie poll was conducted and Trump's approval rating was at 41%. It only fell 3 points for the week, and that was pretty good considering the truckload of manure that dumped on his head.

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

Some these days who still believe in the validity of polls probably also believe in unicorns and the tooth fairy.

Eye wonder
Eye wonder

 Fortunately, we have a president who understands that his first responsibility is our national security.


Not intended to be a factual statement. What is, instead, a factual statement, is that President Monkey Twit understands that his first responsibility - indeed, his only responsibility - is to himself.


Take Rasmussen, for instance. According to them, 51% of Americans think President Monkey Twit puts himself before country.


http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/general_politics/may_2017/51_say_trump_puts_himself_above_country

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

The success of Trumps first foreign tour is now overshadowed with what appears to now be a horrendous terrorist attack in Manchester, England. We don't want that here although we have experienced it. Fortunately, we have a president who understands that his first responsibility is our national security.

breckenridge
breckenridge

@SGTGrit 

No we don't want that here.  That's why Saudi citizens should be at the top of any stay-out list.

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

@breckenridge @SGTGrit  Its been reported that Trump during his visit in Saudi Arabia told them that the Kingdom must rein in the Wahhabists and madarassas fomenting extreme Islamic terrorism. Hopefully, they got the message.

breckenridge
breckenridge

@Starik @breckenridge @SGTGrit 

If it was a terrorist attack in Manchester there could have been Iranian involvement. But that would be a first; all the terror attacks in the west to date have been perpetrated by Sunnis, and Iran is a Shiite country.

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

@Starik @SGTGrit @breckenridge  I don't know but the Saudi's need us a lot more than we need them. Their fear is Iran and we are their only hope to keep Iran at bay. Interesting that there's a coalition of  M.E. states that share the Iranian concern with not only us but with Israel. A platform for diplomatic positive exploitation.

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

@breckenridge @Starik @SGTGrit  Yes of course the Shiite Iranians held our embassy personnel captive for almost a year. They also have killed our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. They've also held Americans as prisoners for ransom. They also are intent on building an arsenal of nuclear weapons and have threatened the destruction of Israel. Yes, Breckenridge, They're indeed wonderful people.

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

Admiral Michael Rogers, Director of the National Security Agency, has never produced any evidence of Russian collusion, even after 9 months of "investigating" it.


Fact

breckenridge
breckenridge

@AndyManUSA#45 

Either you entirely missed the point or are in denial as usual.

It appears as though Trump is marching toward an obstruction of justice charge.  However it really doesn't matter what I think, or that matter what you think.  Special counsel Mueller will make that determination.

Starik
Starik

@SGTGrit @breckenridge @AndyManUSA#45 Obstruction is in the eye of the beholder. In local criminal cases it often should ne renamed "Contempt of Cop." We'll all have wait to see what the various agencies turn up.

SGTGrit
SGTGrit

@AndyManUSA#45  The far-left Democrats have pretty much given up on a collusion finding. Now they're pinning their hopes on an obstruction of justice charge. The backfire is coming.

Starik
Starik

@SGTGrit @AndyManUSA#45 As more information comes out the emphasis is more on obstruction; the real issue is ineffectiveness. Can this administration function?

breckenridge
breckenridge

@SGTGrit @Starik @AndyManUSA#45 

These are incidents #2 and #3 in Trump's efforts to sway the Russian investigation.  A pattern of behavior is emerging.  Will it add up to obstruction of justice? That's for Mueller to say.

PDPDP8
PDPDP8

Right, if anybody tries to prove it, Trump will fire them

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

Dan Coats, Director of National Intelligence,  has never produced any evidence of Russian collusion, even after 9 months of "investigating" it.


Fact

Eye wonder
Eye wonder

@AndyManUSA#45

How long did Benghazi take? Because, if he lasts that long, that's as least as long as this'll be drug through the mud. You can bet your gay little butt on it!

breckenridge
breckenridge

Donald Trump asked Dan Coats, Director of National Intelligence, to put out a statement saying there was nothing to the FBI investigation into the Trump administration's Russian ties.  Rogers refused, but he did document the incident.

breckenridge
breckenridge

Chris Christie, who was on the Trump transition team, told Trump not to hire Michael Flynn.


Well done Mr. Christie.

breckenridge
breckenridge

Donald Trump asked Admiral Michael Rogers, Director of the National Security Agency, to put out a statement saying there was nothing to the FBI investigation into the Trump administration's Russian ties.  Rogers refused, but he did document the incident.

PDPDP8
PDPDP8

SEE WHAT it mean Sgt.

Starik
Starik

Foreign leaders aren't stupid. Praising Trump is to manipulate him.

JohnnyReb
JohnnyReb

@Starik

You guys have a negative for every positive.

Perhaps the praise is genuine and with lots of respect.

After all, he did not apologize, he did not bow.

Starik
Starik

@JohnnyReb @Starik He did participate in a sword dance with the Saudis. Bannon surrounded by sword waving Arabs is a picture for the ages. He looks terrified.

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

@Starik Trump has more brain cells in the zits on his rear end than you do in your whole entire family and all your friends combined. You're calling a guy who owns his own 737 and got elected to the office of the Presidency of the United States, against all of the odds and all of the monkey media's best efforts, stupid?


What the hell does that make you?

Eye wonder
Eye wonder

@AndyManUSA#45 @Starik

Listen here, cAnds, Pres Monkey Twit probably has the lowest IQ of any US president in the last century, and possibly in US history.
Face it - he is a rich kid spoiled brat low info voter turned president.

Starik
Starik

@Eye wonder @AndyManUSA#45 @Starik He's probably average or a little better in IQ, but his personality problems are far more important. The same goes for his die hard supporters.

AndyManUSA#45
AndyManUSA#45

 "I want to tell you," Netanyahu said to President Trump during a joint press conference Monday, "how much we appreciate the reassertion of American leadership in the Middle East." Veiled as a compliment to Trump, the implication was a clear swat against Obama.


Fact

McGarnagle
McGarnagle

@AndyManUSA#45


What leadership? Nothing has been done. I'll give him time before he comes to the same conclusion that everyone else who has interacted with Trump has come to. 

JFMcNamara
JFMcNamara

@AndyManUSA#45 What?  Netanyahu hated Obama?  I never would have ever guessed that.  


He is just happy he got an idiot he can manipulate who is willing to allow his apartheid state to continue.   We stopped talking about the Israeli Palestinian conflict because Obama restrained Israel and it reached a stable status quo.  We also got the nukes put of Iran despite his opposition.  Everybody over there is basting the turkey.  He can't even handle the American media.  Those sharks are sizing up the chum...