Todd Akin (Orlin Wagner/Associated Press) Todd Akin (Orlin Wagner/Associated Press)

The backlash that hit former Missouri senatorial candidate Todd Akin last year over his “legitimate rape” comments weren’t entirely his fault, says a Republican congressman from Georgia.

It was the media.

Looking back on the Akin incident, Rep. Phil Gingrey told a business group outside of Atlanta. Here’s how it appeared in the Marietta Daily Journal

“And in Missouri, Todd Akin … was asked by a local news source about rape and he said, ‘Look, in a legitimate rape situation’ — and what he meant by legitimate rape was just look, someone can say I was raped: a scared-to-death 15-year-old that becomes impregnated by her boyfriend and then has to tell her parents, that’s pretty tough and might on some occasion say, ‘Hey, I was raped.’ That’s what he meant when he said legitimate rape versus non-legitimate rape. I don’t find anything so horrible about that. But then he went on and said that in a situation of rape, of a legitimate rape, a woman’s body has a way of shutting down so the pregnancy would not occur. He’s partly right on that.”

Gingrey pointed out that he had been an OB-GYN since 1975.

“And I’ve delivered lots of babies, and I know about these things. It is true. We tell infertile couples all the time that are having trouble conceiving because of the woman not ovulating, ‘Just relax. Drink a glass of wine. And don’t be so tense and uptight because all that adrenaline can cause you not to ovulate.’ So he was partially right wasn’t he? But the fact that a woman may have already ovulated 12 hours before she is raped, you’re not going to prevent a pregnancy there by a woman’s body shutting anything down because the horse has already left the barn, so to speak. And yet the media took that and tore it apart.”

Yes, the media tore it apart, with a lot of help from the non-media.

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.