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News Busters - Transcript of CNN Discussion on Sex-Ed Bill

News Busters lays out the numerous media organizations that falsely cried foul on the about the McCain ad ‘Education’. The News Busters article, CNN Continues to Push Line that McCain Lied about Sex Ed goes on to explain why the media complaints about this ad were so misguided.  It also presents a patrial transcript of the show that has been referenced numerous times on this website.  While this is only part of the broadcast that decried the McCain campaign, it does show the one-sidedness of the debate.

CNN’s Election Center on Sept. 16:
JEFFREY TOOBIN: We do a lot of parity here at CNN, and we match things up, but there is no comparison. John McCain has told outright falsehoods about Obama and sex education, about the bridge to nowhere, about earmarks, about taxes, and the examples we cited in those Obama ads are not even close to the falsehoods that have been said about Obama by the McCain campaign.

CAMPBELL BROWN: And, Kevin, even some conservatives essentially last week, especially after that sex education ad, I think came forward and said, whoa, we are really crossing a line here. But I know you think this is just politics to a certain extent.

KEVIN MADDEN [GOP strategist]: Well, you know, look, remember in 1988 where there was a big moment where Bob Dole said, stop lying about my record. I feel like we have three moments like that a day here on this campaign. But look, you know, John McCain campaign, well, they documented every single charge that they’ve made against Barack Obama. And at the end of the day, they still have the truth on their side, they believe, with all of these, and they continue to document them and make sure that reporters know about those charges.

BROWN: McCain?


GLORIA BORGER: Well, I don’t think they did that really on the ad that Jeff Toobin was referring to on sexual — on sex education because that legislation was about teaching children to recognize sexual predators.

MADDEN: Well, the first thing you have to remember about that charge is that I think it even came up during the Democrat primary. And secondly, Byron York had a very lengthy examination of that charge today in the National Review that documents entirely what is in that bill, and it would be troubling to a lot of Americans to see that Barack Obama supported that.

TOOBIN: It was a bipartisan, non-controversial program. Look, this last week, since Sarah Palin has been on the campaign, they brought out Sarah Palin saying, she was the woman who fought the bridge to nowhere. And we now know that she is someone who embraced the bridge to nowhere, who has sought out earmarks, that kind of thing. The focus that the McCain campaign has put on something that turns out not to be true is simply unprecedented in this campaign and frankly, in any recent campaign.

If the bill was “a bipartisan, non-controversial program,” as Toobin asserts, then why did the Illinois senate reject it? SB 99 passed the Illinois Senate Health and Human Services Committee, chaired by Barack Obama, who voted with the 7-4 majority to send the bill in March 2003 to the full Senate, where it was shelved.

Bill sponsor Carol Ronen (D-Chicago) said in the press release that the bill mandates that any school that has sex education must provide “comprehensive, medically accurate sexuality education.” And what would that consist of for kindergarteners?

Editor’s note: Stories and updates on media bias from now on will be covered primarily on the Hold Media Accountable page. The page is still in being developed, but will track the most blatant cases of bias. Posts will provide some updates, but will not focus as excusively on the media as has been done in this few days.

2 Responses to “News Busters - Transcript of CNN Discussion on Sex-Ed Bill”

  1. Liars, deceivers and manupulators of the facts. The liberal media seems to be nothing more than an extention of the Obama campaign, and should be treated as such. They are no longer objective, nor willing to be unbiased.

    Here is the shocking list I took directly from the document:

    “Each class or course in comprehensive sex education offered in any of grades K through 12 shall include instruction on the prevention of sexually transmitted infections, including the prevention, transmission and spread of HIV.”

    From the actual manual: Level 1: middle childhood, ages 5 through 8; early elementary school

    •A boy/man has nipples, a penis, a scrotum, and testicles.
    • A girl/woman has breasts, nipples, a vulva, a clitoris, a vagina, a uterus, and ovaries.
    • Some sexual or reproductive organs, such as penises and vulvas, are external or on the outside of
    the body while others, such as ovaries and testicles, are internal or inside the body.
    • Both boys and girls have body parts that feel good when touched.
    • Reproduction requires that a sperm and egg join.
    • Vaginal intercourse – when a penis is placed inside a vagina – is the most common way for a sperm
    and egg to join.
    ­•Babies usually come out of a woman’s body through an opening called a vagina.
    • Human beings can love people of the same gender and people of another gender.
    • Some people are heterosexual, which means they can be attracted to and fall in love with someone
    of another gender.
    • Some people are homosexual, which means they can be attracted to and fall in love with someone
    of the same gender.
    • Homosexual men and women are also known as gay men and lesbians.
    • People deserve respect regardless of who they are attracted to.
    • Many people live in lifetime committed relationships, even though they may not be legally married.
    • Two people of the same gender can live in loving, lifetime committed relationships.
    • Bodies can feel good when touched.
    • Touching and rubbing one’s own genitals to feel good is called masturbation.
    • Some boys and girls masturbate and others do not.
    • Masturbation should be done in a private place.
    • Both girls and boys may discover that their bodies feel good when touched.
    Topic 4: Abortion
    Subconcept: When a woman becomes pregnant and chooses not to have a child, she has the option
    of having an abortion.
    Developmental Messages:
    Level 1
    • Sometimes women become pregnant when they do not want to be or are unable to care for a child.
    • Sexually transmitted diseases are caused by germs such as bacteria and viruses.
    • There are many types of sexually transmitted diseases.
    • People who do not engage in certain behaviors do not get STDs.
    • A small number of children are born with STDs that they get from their mothers during pregnancy
    or birth.
    • The most common ways for a person to get an STD is to participate in sexual behavior or share a
    needle with another person who is already infected with an STD.

  2. What document did you get that from? Because the politicians who vote for bills like this never write the curriculum. It is school officials and education boards that create an actual curriculum for the students to learn. So what manual are you talking about?

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