Friday, October 24, 2014

Most Bloggers Missing Context in Ford "Non-troversy"

Paul Ogden
As controversies go, this one is really a stretch.

Curt Smith, noted for his leadership of the Indiana Family Institute, wrote a piece for Indiana Forefront that took, out of context, a response to a candidate forum question by State Senate candidate JD Ford and is trying to blow it up into a campaign four-alarm fire.  You can follow the link above and see the whole kerfuffle.

Hmm...I wonder why Smith wouldn't want Ford to serve in the Indiana Senate?  Oh yeah, that's right.  Curt Smith is one of the leaders of the Indiana Family Institute, an organization that strongly supported HJR-3 and  has pushed other anti-gay legislation in Indiana.

Only Abdul-Hakim Shabazz has stated the truth.  In his post on the issue, Abdul says, "The Indiana Family Institute is going after Democratic State Senate candidate JD Ford, accusing him of saying businesses that discriminate based on sexual-orientation should not receive public safety services."

He gets it right. The IFI and Ford's opponent, Senator Mike Delph have a long mutual admiration society thing going.  You see, the Indiana Family Institute, under the leadership of President Curt Smith, presented one Mike Delph with its "legislator of the year" award just last year.  Just last year, Smith and Delph held a joint press conference on HJR-3.

Unfortunately, other bloggers in town have decided to portray this whole episode in quite disappointing fashion. My friend, Paul Ogden, called this Ford's "Todd Akin moment" on the campaign trail.  Are you kidding me?  Let's revisit what Mr. Akin said.

“If it’s legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down,” said Akin during the 2012 race.  Really?  We think what JD Ford said in that clipped 30 second video was the same thing?  Come on Paul, you're smarter than that.

I've already spent more time on this than should have been.  I have other things to accomplish today, and this insignificant non-troversy is not one of them.

And before you go saying, " want to see JD Ford win that race in Senate District 29."  

Yeah, I do.  No bones about it.  I also care about  being fair and letting people make their own decisions.  Just know you're reading this on the Indy Democrat blog and take what I say for what it's worth.


Paul K. Ogden said...

On my original post on the story I did write that Curt Smith who reported what Ford said with the Indiana Family Institute. Everybody on the planet knows IFI is for Delph and against JD Ford.

But as I said to you on Facebook, who reported something is irrelevant to what was actually said. There is no indication that Smith somehow misreported what was said, and he provided a YouTube clip of it to back it up. When Abdul gave Ford a chance to clarify what he was saying, Ford avoided the issue by engaging in unresponsive spin. A good reporter would call him out of on it.

With all due respect, your approach is similar to the Star's where every criticism of the Ballard administration by the Democrats is turned into a partisan D v. R fight and the substance of the criticism is ignored.

You misunderstand my comparison of Ford to Akin's comment. I wasn't comparing the substance of what Ford said to Akin's. Rather, I was using Akin's comment as an example of an unforced error on the campaign trail, a flip, not well thought-out comment, that in the sound bite world of politics will be exploited by his opponent.

I doubt there is any political adviser out there who wouldn't tell JD Ford that his comment was a terrible mistake and that he needed to, if possible, fix it. Ford thus far has decided not to do that.

johnnystir said...

Thanks for the response, Paul.

My argument isn't D vs. R nor is it anything more than context.