Politico Yanks Reporter Over His Todd Akin Defense
Can some agree not all reported rapes are rapes, asks Catanese
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 21, 2012 1:06 AM CDT
Updated Aug 21, 2012 1:22 AM CDT
David Catanese has been yanked off coverage of controversial Rep. Todd Akin after he defended the Missouri Senate candidate's comments about 'legitimate rape.'   (WiscTvChannel3000)

(Newser) – Politico has yanked a reporter off coverage of controversial Missouri Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin after the writer defended the congressman's comments about "legitimate rape" victims, reports the Washington Post. Akin claimed—then apologized for his comments—that some mysterious biological mechanism stops "legitimate rape" victims from getting pregnant, so they don't need abortions. Politico reporter David Catanese tweeted: "Ok, I'm gonna (ask for it) and defend Todd Akin for argument's sake. We all know what he was trying to say. Poor phrasing, but if you watch the interview, Todd Akin meant to convey that there's less chance of getting pregnant if raped." In fact, there's no medical evidence that chances of pregnancy are reduced in cases of rape.

Catanese also wrote: "Perhaps some can agree that all rapes that are reported are not actually rapes? Or are we gonna really deny that for PC sake?" Politico editor-in-chief John Harris said in a memo to staff that Catanese "crossed a line a reporter shouldn't cross when he seemed to weigh in on the merits of Todd Akin's comments—especially in a way many people, including Politico colleagues, understandably found offensive. Dave's tweet created a distraction to his own work, and to the newsroom," Harris added. "They also made himself part of the story, requiring us for now to remove him from Akin coverage." Catanese then tweeted: "Bad idea trying to have nuanced conversation on highly charged issue on here. Did not intend to take a side. Lesson learned."

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jerrymac
Aug 21, 2012 1:45 PM CDT
And yet ANOTHER prime example of Liberals eating their own when they don't toe the line.
Diapercaked
Aug 21, 2012 12:08 PM CDT
Rapes usually happen to the weaker of a set of creatures. As this happens in nature all the time I do not see why we need to punish this beyond the family of the person being raped allowing such acts to occur. Now you might want to punish the raper as well but he is only doing what his genetic code has programmed him to do, it is no fault of his own. It is exactly like homosexuality, it occurs in nature and is an urge commonly felt through our species.
lostmtnman
Aug 21, 2012 11:57 AM CDT
Still another moron