- The Washington Times - Friday, May 29, 2015

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Thursday blasted the “lazy” media that misquoted him as saying forced ultrasounds are “just a cool thing.”

“There are at least some in the media” that are “biased” and “lazy,” the Republican told Dana Loesch on her radio program, The Daily Caller first reported. “And in this case, I think it’s a little of both where they — you and I both know having been a part of the interview — what they said is not at all. And then you had so many of these left-wing media outlets repeat the same misquote over and over again and sometimes embellish it even more.”

Several liberal media news outlets ran a story this week that suggested Mr. Walker said government-mandated ultrasounds prior to an abortion are a hip and cool thing. In reality, he was talking about how ultrasound photographs are a “cool thing” that proud parents-to-be can show off to family and friends.

“I said ultrasounds are pretty cool,” he said Thursday. “That for my kids, Matt and Alex, we still have their ultrasound pictures from when they were babies. They’re 19 and 20 years old now, and I also mentioned that for a few friends of mine who I know got grandkids now, they show me on their cell phones images that were sent from their families, from their own kids showing them the ultrasound pictures, and they show it off. It’s pretty cool — it’s the wonders of that technology.”

Ms. Loesch then asked if the governor believed the misquote stemmed from anger over the fact that he signed into law legislation that requires a transabdominal ultrasound before an abortion, to which Mr. Walker responded: “Oh yeah.”

“I think they realize, when people actually hear what’s going on and they can’t win on the left on an issue, they exaggerate things, they make things up, and they take them out of context,” he said. “Here I pointed out, as I pointed out before I signed the law, I said, ‘Who’s opposed to an ultrasound?’ They tried to claim it was a certain type, I said, ‘No — our law says that before someone has that procedure, they have to be given access to an ultrasound.’ “

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