After arguing weeks earlier that a new pro-life measure in Texas was a “public health threat,” on Thursday, NBC’s Today show hailed a high school valedictorian in the state for using her graduation speech to launch into a pro-abortion tirade trashing the law. While the policy protecting unborn children was labeled “controversial” in the report, the student’s nasty political screed was touted as a “powerful” address greeted with “positive reaction.”
“Plus, a high school valedictorian goes off script in the middle of her pre-approved speech to deliver a powerful and unexpected message,” co-host Hoda Kotb teased early in the show. Teasing the upcoming story again minutes later, fellow co-host Craig Melvin touted the teenager “ditching her approved script to address an issue that she’s really passionate about.”
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In the report that followed in the 7:30 a.m. ET half hour, correspondent Erin McLaughlin gushed: “This morning, a commencement speech going viral for going very off script, a high school student making the dramatic choice to switch out her pre-approved speech for a fiery political message.” The reporter cheered: “Eighteen-year-old valedictorian Paxton Smith taking the stage at Lake Highlands High School Sunday….using her three minutes at the podium to take a stand against Texas’s new so-called heartbeat abortion bill.”
Soundbites played of Smith ranting:
In light of recent events, it feels wrong to talk about anything but what is currently affecting me and millions of other women in this state….I cannot give up this platform to promote complacency and peace when there is a war on my body, and a war on my rights. I am terrified that if my contraceptives fail, I am terrified that if I am raped, then my hopes and aspirations and dreams and efforts for my future will no longer matter.
McLaughlin fretted over the law: “The bill, signed into law by Texas Governor Greg Abbott last month, bans abortions in most cases where a fetal heartbeat is detected, potentially as early as six weeks into pregnancy….The controversial law also permits almost anyone to sue any person or provider who may have helped someone get an abortion after the limit.”
Not one word of criticism regarding Smith’s incendiary rhetoric was included, it was all praise: “Smith, who only told her parents about what she had planned, says she was shocked by the positive reaction from the room and beyond. Hillary Clinton tweeting, ‘This took guts. Thank you for not staying silent, Paxton.’”
If you’re a radical leftist, you get instant adulation from the media and tweets of encouragement from Hillary Clinton. If a conservative student stood up to support the law, they would likely be ignored or attacked.
LifeNews.com Note: Kyle Drennen is an MRC News Analyst and a graduate of Providence College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science. This was originally posted on the Media Research Center blog NewsBusters.