On Aug. 24, I received a phone call from CBS news in New York City. A lady named Surett, after identifying me, asked if I was still pro choice. I said, Yes, I am.
Let me preface this by explaining how she knew this about me. I have written letters to the editor to The Sun News when something scrapes at what I believe in. And in March of this year Susan Saulny of the New York Times, who had seen my letters to The Sun News, called to include my opinions in a piece she was doing on GOP women who felt disconnected with the mainstream Republican Party, meaning the right-wing element. The CBS caller also knew about the New York Times piece.
I told CBS News exactly what I told the New York Times, that I am a fiscal conservative and a social liberal, which makes me a moderate and that is like being a dinosaur in the Republican Party, although I have been a loyal and very active Republican all my life.
CBS News was doing a piece on women like me, who do not agree with the GOP’s stance on women’s issues and who want change. CBS was willing to send a camera crew here for the interview. I asked for a couple of hours to think about this. She agreed.
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When the call came for the second time on Friday, I said I would agree to the interview. Ms. Surett asked if my stand on pro choice means I will not vote for Romney but change and vote for Obama. My answer was no, because the fiscal problems in this country, i.e. the economy, outweighs social issues. Ms. Surett said they wanted a woman who was a strong pro-choice Republican who was supporting President Obama and asked if knew of one.
I took a deep breath and replied, “That is not what you need. You need a person like me who believes in the liberal social stance but still supports the Republican Party, not someone who goes to the opposition.” I strongly feel you have to work to change those that do not understand. And my party does not understand the social issues, i.e. abortion, gay rights, etc. But, I strongly believe my party does understand the fiscal issues, such as jobs, taxes and the economy.
This, I feel, is a prime example of how the major media outlets, such as network TV, major cable news channels, radio talk shows, etc., try to manipulate the American electorate in to believing that they are presenting factually unbiased news when in truth they are presenting a point of view slanted to one or another political party or candidate or cause.
This is one of the reasons I continue to be a loyal reader of The Sun News. Even when you may disagree with what you are reporting, you try to present the case factually and allow both sides of the argument to speak through your columnists and letters to the editor.
Thank you and keep up the good work.
The writer lives in Murrells Inlet.