Doctor, Heal Thyself
With all the lies and fearmongering she spreads WorldNetDaily columnist Dr. Gina Loudon appears to be in need of the psychiatric help she purports to dispense.
By Terry Krepel
Dr. Gina Loudon
That's the situation Dr. Gina Loudon appears to be in. She holds a doctorate in psychiatry (among other things), but she seems like she could use a little psychiatric help herself.
The first sign of this is the bio page on her website, which includes a whopping 27 quotes from right-wingers who have said nice things about her. That suggests a certain deep-down insecurity that manifests itself in grandiose self-promotion.
The second sign of this is her WorldNetDaily column, where she routinely publishes exaggerations and outright falsehoods and engages in vitriolic attacks on her perceived political enemies.
An August 2013 column by Loudon is a long screed about how she wished that President Obama would have a miserable birthday -- "I guess your day will be rather dark, like a lot of children’s birthdays around the U.S. for your policies of demise and death" -- and is chock full of misleading, if not entirely false, claims. Like this:
You blew out the lights on all babies. Around 5.6 million American babies have been aborted since you took office and will never blow out the candles on their own birthday cakes. Mr. Obama, you know around half of those aborted are female, yet you keynoted the Planned Parenthood gala this year. You gladly accepted an award in the name of the known eugenicist, Margaret Sanger, whose entire goal in founding Planned Parenthood was to “eradicate the black race.” You see more than $1 million per day of taxpayer money going to pay for killing those baby girls, Mr. President. Your war on baby women has dimmed the cake by about another 2.8 million little female lights.
There's no definitive evidence that Sanger ever said her goal in founding Planned Parenthood was to "eradicate the black race." The only people who have used that quoted term are right-wing anti-Planned Parenthood activists.
What Loudon may be referring to is the "Negro Project," an effort by Sanger to bring family-planning clinics to the deep South. FactCheck.org reports that anti-abortion activists love to take a certain Sanger quote -- "We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population" -- out of context. According to the Margaret Sanger Papers Project at New York University, states FactCheck, “No serious scholar and none of the dozens of black leaders who supported Sanger’s work have ever suggested that she tried to reduce the black population or set up black abortion mills, the implication in much of the extremist anti-choice material.”
Perhaps Obama might have had a better birthday if people like Loudon weren't using it as an excuse to spread malicious lies.
Dishonest and crazy about Obamacare
It's not often that one can pull off the feat of being both dishonest and crazy over the course of two articles, but Loudon was clearly up to the challenge in an Oct. 26 WND "news" article in which she fearmongered about the purported privacy concerns about Obamacare in general and the then-faulty healthcare.gov site in particular:
The controversy already has generated a back-and-forth in Congress, where a Colorado Democrat, Diana DeGette, criticized a Republican for having concerns about privacy.
Loudon failed to mention DeGette's response, even though it appeared in the same International Business Times article she cited on the Barton-DeGette exchange:
DeGette said that as she understood it, the Obamacare website doesn’t need any medical information from users who enroll other than whether they smoke or not. She said that question would not violate HIPAA.
DeGette's response would seem to be relevant to the issue, but Loudon was too busy fearmongering to believe otherwise.
The crazy part came in Loudon's Oct. 27 column in which she ratcheted up the fearmongering to ridiculous levels, claiming without evidence that Obamacare has caused people to commit suicide:
A 16-year-old goes to the doctor for her first gynecological exam. She wants to tell the doctor about concerns she has but she is afraid of it being disclosed and destroying her bright future. She read a story about doctors being paid tens of thousands of dollars to turn over their electronic medical records to the government, and she can’t trust that her secrets will be kept safe.
Who needs facts when fearmongering works so much better on the typical WND reader?
Gina Loudon's Nov. 3 WorldNetDaily column is headlined "Let's wage war on D.C. hacks," but the only hackishness present comes from Loudon herself. She complained that "Democrats have found success in slandering conservatives as racist, women-hating homophobes." Then she wrote this:
I’ve written before about the extremes that Gov. Jerry Brown has gone to here in California. One example is the new law enabling school children to decide their gender on a whim. One day a boy can “feel like a woman” and enter the girl’s locker room. Then, the next day, when he “feels” like a boy again, he can go to go to football practice and use the boy’s locker room again. I have personally spoken to gay Californians who are very uneasy with the direction in which the Democrat supermajority and Gov. Brown have taken the state.
In the real world, the California law merely affirms already-existing protections for transgender students, and no incidents of misconduct have been reported in California.
Who's the real hack here? Loudon might want to look in the mirror for the answer.
Loudon resorts to legalistic parsing to justify her homophobia in her March 9 column:
Another disturbing contemporary lie is that most states ban gay marriage.
If a state is not recognizing gay marriage, it typically goes hand in hand with prohibiting them. That is a ban, whether or not Loudon chooses to recognize it as such.
(Not) giving away the internet
Loudon ranted in a March 30 column:
President Obama is selling out American sovereignty at every turn. He did it with unilateral missile disarmament and his constant bent to fix our Constitution, which he believes is the problem. He does it with the constant reverence for international law, of himself, and all his judicial appointees. He did it when he canceled the space shuttle program and made America dependent on Russia for trip to the American ... err International Space Station. His most glaring violation of American sovereignty may be his agreement to simply give away American control of the Internet to the “global community.”
In fact, the plan to transfer ICANN, the body that manages Internet names and addresses, to international control has been in the works since 1998, and it was always the plan that the U.S. would eventually relinquish control over ICANN.
But Loudon is in full frothing mode, and the facts just don't matter to her:
So now Obama is handing the global community the ability to control our speech, and our technological advances. The international body will have the ability to control us by controlling our speech, and we handed it to them. What are we getting in return?
If "history will record the truth," Loudon has demonstrated herself to be lacking.
Criticizing certain violent riots
Gina Loudon's April 13 column is headlined "Why the left loves a violent riot," and she's aiming at out-of-control campus celebrations, but she can't resist the urge to politicize it:
There is a political use for the mob mentality, and our founders understood that well. That is why they designed a representative republic instead of a democracy. Many in our country, including the president, continue to refer to our system of government as a democracy. It isn’t, and that matters. This is a substantive omission, and here’s why.
By contrast, Loudon had nothing to say in her WND column about the situation that was brewing in Nevada around the same time as the above column appeared. A lawbreaker named Cliven Bundy had action taken against those holding him accountable for his lawbreaking, and not only did the website that publishes Loudon's column side with the lawbreaker, they cheered on the armed militia thugs that came to Nevada to escalate the situation and appeared all too willing to engage in a violent riot.
Perhaps Loudon should address her own psychiatric issues before passing judgment on others.