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The anti-domestic violence movement: Is that partisan??

post #1 of 14
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http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,177893,00.html
Wendy McElroy thinks that, because PBS aired a documentary on domestic violence, they are being partisan. I am guessing this is because the anti-domestic violence movement is seen as a "liberal Democrat" thing? I dunno.

I think airing a film about domestic violence is in no way partisan- it is to raise awareness of an issue that kills thousands of men, women, and children each year. Being adamantly against domestic violence should not be (or be viewed as) just a Democrat thing- it should be supported by anyone with a soul.

Anyway, that's my domestic violence soapbox for the day.
post #2 of 14
I'm with ya, Amy. Even IF political groups planned events around the documentary in order to help amplify the message, I don't see how PBS would be responsible. The issue in itself should not be partisan.
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And....doesn't it just make the other political groups look horribly uncompassionate for NOT supporting movements to stop domestic violence?? Sorry folks, but it is EVERYONE'S issue!
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Originally Posted by ugaimes
And....doesn't it just make the other political groups look horribly uncompassionate for NOT supporting movements to stop domestic violence?? Sorry folks, but it is EVERYONE'S issue!
Right. Some things I will never understand. Why would anyone not support a movement to stop violence of any kind, whether it is focused on men, women, children, cats, dogs, or differences in beliefs, races or cultures? Why are the simple things made to be so complicated?
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As I read that article, it sounds like it is opposed to the lies and misrepresentations in the documentary. Sounds like the documentary used one woman as an example of women losing custody to men, yet the woman had multiple counts of child abuse against her!

How is it anti-domestic violence to promote a woman with a felony history of violence, as if she were the victim of violence?

As a conservative, I am certainly opposed to domestic violence. But as a person who works at a mental health clinic, I am very aware that both women and men can commit violence, although I am certain men do it more often. I don't understand why anyone makes a documentary and doesn't use factual information in it. That won't help anyone!
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I would love to know the what the "other side of the issue" is. How can anyone be against this???
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I don't think many people are "getting" what the other side is arguing. No one has said that domestic violence is OK. No one. What they are saying is that this particular PBS doumentary is anti-father, and used biased information and examples, and half truths or outright un-truths in some cases to justify their position that family courts must be overhauled. Domestic violence is not a partisan issue, and she certainly isn't making that assessment in that article. She is saying that the action that the documentary wishes to promote (to overhaul the court system to ensure that women get custody of the children) is partisan, and the documentary used biased information to reach the desired conclusion.
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Originally Posted by valanhb
I don't think many people are "getting" what the other side is arguing. No one has said that domestic violence is OK. No one. What they are saying is that this particular PBS doumentary is anti-father, and used biased information and examples, and half truths or outright un-truths in some cases to justify their position that family courts must be overhauled. Domestic violence is not a partisan issue, and she certainly isn't making that assessment in that article. She is saying that the action that the documentary wishes to promote (to overhaul the court system to ensure that women get custody of the children) is partisan, and the documentary used biased information to reach the desired conclusion.

Yeah the first time I read the article it was the wee hours of the morning...Now that I have re read it I get it........
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Originally Posted by valanhb
I don't think many people are "getting" what the other side is arguing. No one has said that domestic violence is OK. No one. What they are saying is that this particular PBS documentary is anti-father, and used biased information and examples, and half truths or outright un-truths in some cases to justify their position that family courts must be overhauled. Domestic violence is not a partisan issue, and she certainly isn't making that assessment in that article. She is saying that the action that the documentary wishes to promote (to overhaul the court system to ensure that women get custody of the children) is partisan, and the documentary used biased information to reach the desired conclusion.
"Partisan" doesn't necessarily refer to political parties. It is often used as a synonym for "biased", and my take on the article is that the author felt the PBS documentary was just that.
post #10 of 14
Keep in mind that this article came from Faux News...the last bastian of fair and balanced reporting in a nation completely brainwashed and run by the vast liberal conspiracy....
One must take everything that one reads and sees with a large grain of salt, no matter what the source.
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Originally Posted by Zoe'n'MissKitty
Keep in mind that this article came from Faux News...the last bastian of fair and balanced reporting in a nation completely brainwashed and run by the vast liberal conspiracy....
One must take everything that one reads and sees with a large grain of salt, no matter what the source.
You're absolutely right, everything should be looked at with scrutiny from every source. Including CNNBCBS, which have thrived under the auspices of being the only point of view for many years. Fox is a different perspective, with a different bias than most are used to seeing. For some it is a refreshing change, for others a real affont to their version of the "truth". (Truth is ALWAYS subjective!) This article wasn't a "news" story, though. It is an editorial or commentary, and is presented as such.
post #12 of 14
It still seems to me that the report showed with facts, that the "documentary" was based on lies. If you chose to ignore that because it was reported by Fox News, that is your option...
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Originally Posted by jcat
"Partisan" doesn't necessarily refer to political parties. It is often used as a synonym for "biased", and my take on the article is that the author felt the PBS documentary was just that.
That makes sense.
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Originally Posted by jcat
"Partisan" doesn't necessarily refer to political parties. It is often used as a synonym for "biased", and my take on the article is that the author felt the PBS documentary was just that.
That makes sense Tricia. OK, now I can understand what she's saying a bit more. Though I did watch the documentary and I thought it was great!
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