The network morning shows on Tuesday devoted an enormous 20 minutes and 53 seconds to obsessing over a gaffe by a Republican congressman, hyping Todd Akin's comments for nine separate segments. NBC, CBS and ABC touted Democratic efforts to link the gaffe-prone representative to the GOP presidential ticket.
Former Democratic operative turned Good Morning America host George Stephanopoulos zeroed in on Akin's comments what constitutes a "legitimate rape." He breathlessly wondered, "We saw the President pounce in the White House briefing room yesterday. How are the Democrats going to try to capitalize on this today?"
After Jake Tapper pointed out that vice presidential running mate Paul Ryan and Akin both supported pro-life legislation, Stephanopoulos continued his focus on the national ticket: "But just to clarify, though, right now at least now, both Romney and Ryan are saying that they would accept abortion in the cases of rape?"
A pity they couldn't find the time to interview the world's foremost expert on whether this counts as "rape squared" or "something else." (Needless to say, the latter is a defence only available to those with impeccable liberal credentials, e.g. Bill Clinton or Julian Assange.)
Actually, pregnancy resulting from rape is comparatively rare; some of this is due to lack of arousal on the part of the woman (thus inhibiting sperm motility), but the rapist's equipment also fails surprisingly often. From the Rape Investigation Handbook (a manual used by many police forces and sex crimes detectives):