Now as we all know, Media Matters has a left wing slant to it, and anything that has a left wing slant is automatically filled with liars and devil worshipers. The right wing spin machine went nuts.
Glenn Beck’s oh so honest website, The Blaze, reported on the “disturbing” use of Media Matters as a go to site to disseminate information. As opposed to The Blaze. Another paragon of truth, Andrew Breibart, ran with the story as well, and of course, the shining star for journalistic integrity, Fox and Friends, were practically rabid as they interviewed Sydney Volanski, a 15 year old former Girl Scout, who left the organization in a huff when she (and her mom) discovered how LIBERAL the Girl Scouts were.
Sydney and her sister have created “Speak Now: Girl Scouts Website”, a font of information for other narrow minded families who believe that Media Matters is a socialist organization out to destroy America. I took a look at Speak Now, and if this site was created by two teenagers without any help from adults or right wing propaganda monsters, then I’m the Queen of Egypt. It’s all propaganda! There is a page entitled “The Planned Parenthood Connection,” where Planned Parenthood is labeled “pro abortion”, as if, like John Kyl believes, all PP DOES is perform abortions.
Then there is the “Girl Scout Heroines” page, which quite frankly, made me a little ill. Not because of the women listed, but because of the way they are portrayed on Speak Now. Billie Jean King is belittled because she is a lesbian, Betty Friedan, one of the greatest women’s rights activists in history is labeled a Marxist and slammed because she supports same sex relationships, Simone de Beauvoir, an amazing writer is called out for being a key player in France’s women’s liberation movement and Frances Perkins, the first woman to be appointed to the U.S Cabinet, who helped craft minimum wage laws and was the Secretary of Labor from 1933 to 1945, is not to be admired because she was gay.
On the left side of the home page for Speak Now is a page “Links We Love.” I clicked this warily, unsure that I wanted to know what links these narrow minded bigots “loved.” I was right to be afraid. Here are a few:
Focus on the Family
Abby Johnson Pro Life Advocate
Stand For The Family/Sharon Slater
Live Action/Lila Rose (Lila Rose dresses up like a hooker and tries to get PP employees to lie on camera. She’s a female James O’Keefe, and has worked with him in the past.)
I want to say one thing about Focus on the Family. All this chatter about Tim Tebow and the ad he and his mom made for Focus on the Family is important, as is the promotion of the values Focus on the Family espouses by Speak Now. Focus on the Family believes that homosexuality is evil, that homosexuality should be illegal and they support personhood amendments, where from the moment sperm meets egg, that is a life, and anyone who harms that little zygote should be imprisoned. THIS is the group that Speak Now is promoting.
Speak Now also lambastes a brilliantly funny and poignant play, “Simply Maria.” The play revolves around an Hispanic girl, Maria, and her struggles to become an independent woman in America. Her father tells her she can be anything she wants to be, but when Maria tells her parents she wants to go to college, they order her to get married. Maria has a nightmare about getting married, being attacked by a tortilla (symbolizing the battle with her Mexican heritage), having six children and never getting a college degree. I’ve read the play-it’s wonderful, moving and intelligent. And Speak Now HATES “Simply Maria”, saying it “mocks childbirth, motherhood, homemaking, purity and marriage.” The play was promoted by Girl Scouts of America, thus the Girl Scouts are evil and must be destroyed.
Here’s a thought, Sydney, and whatever conservative “helpers” you have working with you-this won’t work. Teenage girls have sex, teenage girls are gay, and teenage girls want to go to college rather than get married at the age of 16. The Girl Scouts are doing absolutely nothing wrong by trying to point young women in directions that disagree with your narrow minded and naive views of the world, but you are doing young women a great disservice by promoting bigotry, homophobia and factually inaccurate material on your website. I would bet that Media Matters will be taking YOU on in the very near future.
Check out the disturbing video: