Media reaction to Todd Akin 'Legitimate rape' claim


Republican candidate faces strong criticism from all sides

In the afermath of Todd Akin's comments about 'legitimate rape', bloggers and journalists have overwhelmingly condemned his position.

One of his key mistakes was to pull out of his interview with Piers Morgan, who referred to him as "Gutless little twerp". The CNN host then showed an empty chair, which subsequently became a trending topic on Twitter.

Todd Akin then decided to release his own 'Forgiveness' Ad to swing the media and voters back on his side, but failed to stop the unrelenting pressure from the media to step down. (media comments below)

Todd Akin Forgiveness video ad

Now the senator faces even more scrutiny for failing to resign, while Mitt Romney has himself distanced the Republican party from his abortion and pregnancy views. However some have come to his aid including Kirk Cameron and politician Claire McCaskill.

Reaction to Todd Akin 'rape' comments

Piers Morgan : "Congressman, you have an open invitation to join me in that chair whenever you feel up to it. Because if you don't keep your promise to appear on the show, then you are what we would call in Britain, 'A gutless little twerp.'" - Huffington Post

"The Centers for Disease Control says that more than 32,000 pregnancies result from rape every year. That doesn’t really sound like the freak occurrence Willke portrays rapes resulting in pregnancies to be, unless you believe that most of those women are lying, which is the implication in the argument." - The Daily Beast

"As John Paul Jones might have put it, Mr. Akin has sunk his own ship." - WSJ

"Congressman Todd Akin is an utter disgrace, and he should immediately step aside. Politics is the art of the possible, and it will be impossible to win with such a tainted candidate." - American Thinker

"Akin went on local TV and blew a .50-caliber hole in his foot — torching his own campaign and substantially diminishing Republican hopes of taking control of the Senate come November." - NY Post

"Todd Akin, for all his apparent cluelessness about science, biology and basic humanity, has done us something of a service – reminding Americans of the extreme views on abortion rights that find a home within the Republican Party." - NY Daily News

"There are many layers of inaccuracy in Akin’s statement, but for our purposes let’s just say this: The U.S. criminal code makes no distinction between types of rape–it is simply defined as any sexual act committed without without a person’s consent or knowledge, or through coercion, physical or otherwise." - Time