Epistemology. How do people know what they know? How does one come to believe what one believes? Some folks use an agenda.
Compare and contrast. Example 1, Steve King:
Rep. Steve King, one of the most staunchly conservative members of the House, was one of the few Republicans who did not strongly condemn Rep. Todd Akin Monday for his remarks regarding pregnancy and rape. King also signaled why — he might agree with parts of Akin’s assertion.
King told an Iowa reporter he’s never heard of a child getting pregnant from statutory rape or incest.
“Well I just haven’t heard of that being a circumstance that’s been brought to me in any personal way,” King told KMEG-TV Monday, “and I’d be open to discussion about that subject matter.”
Gosh does any of that really happen? Pregnancies after that stuff? I’ve never heard of such crazy things. It’s never happened to my wife or daughter. But I suppose if you want to tell me stories I’ll try to listen. (have my secretary fit you into my busy schedule.)
Example 2, Todd Akin:
Arguing that he misplaced the word “legitimate,” Akin explained — during a follow up interview with Dana Loesch — that he meant to argue that women sometimes lie about being raped:
“You know, Dr. Willke has just released a statement and part of his letter, I think he just stated it very clearly. He said, of course Akin never used the word legitimate to refer to the rapist, but to false claims like those made in Roe v. Wade and I think that simplifies it….. There isn’t any legitimate rapist…. [I was] making the point that there were people who use false claims, like those that basically created Roe v. Wade.”
Women lie about rape, everybody knows that. What are you, dumb?