Rep. Steve King was talking with a local Iowa station when this happened:
Rep. Steve King, one of the most staunchly conservative members of the House, was one of the few Republicans who did not strongly condemn Rep. Todd Akin Monday for his remarks regarding pregnancy and rape. King also signaled why — he might agree with parts of Akin’s assertion.
King told an Iowa reporter he’s never heard of a child getting pregnant from statutory rape or incest.
Only, that’s not what he said. This is what he said:
House Republicans at one point pushed legislation that would have limited federal funding of abortion to cases of “forcible” rape. So KMEG asked King Monday about victims of statutory rape or incest. King said, “Well, I just haven’t heard of that being a circumstance that’s been brought to me in any personal way, and I’d be open to discussion about that subject matter.”
Talking Points Memo is twisting King’s words into something that can tie him to Todd Akin. It’s pretty sleazy.
Here’s King’s response:
“The liberal press and their allies have again twisted my words,” he said in a statement. “I never said, nor do I believe, a woman, including minors, cannot get pregnant from rape, statutory rape or incest. Suggesting otherwise is ridiculous, shameful, disgusting and nothing but an attempt to falsely define who I am.”
I spend almost all day hitting “J” on my keyboard, going from one headline to another in my Google Reader. There are times when I look at a story, and these stories are on established, big name conservative websites, and I move on, dismissing it as a non-story because I don’t want to spin the news that way.
Then I see stuff like this and think, “Why not?”