Distrust of Pro-Abortion Media Rises
Finally, the media is being held accountable for its bias. We must pray that the pro-life side is given equal coverage.
From Fox News. Many conservatives don’t believe mainstream media outlets treat the polarizing issue of abortion with the nuance required to give the pro-life argument a fair shake as the left puts a spotlight on Roe v. Wade ahead of the looming midterms elections.
“Everyone knows that the so-called mainstream media is dominated by Democrat reporters, so it should come as no surprise that when these Democrat reporters cover controversial issues like abortion, they’re going to frame it in a way that fits their viewpoint,” Article III Project founder Mike Davis told Fox News Digital. …
“The pro-life people, the Catholic people who oppose abortion, these reporters make them look like they’re extreme and outside the mainstream. These reporters pretend like abortion up until the moment of birth is within the mainstream when it’s absolutely not,” Davis continued. “But any reasonable restriction on abortion, including parental consent for minors, or limiting abortion in the second and third trimester, the media pretends like these are the most extremist measures.”
NewsBusters managing editor Curtis Houck feels the media coverage and tone towards abortion is one that refuses to understand or even see the pro-life argument. While Davis senses many reporters and pundits dismiss pro-life conservatives, Houck isn’t sure coastal elites have even interacted in a meaningful way with Americans from outside their liberal bubbles. …
“They don’t know many pro-lifers and conservatives in their families and in their friend group in Washington, D.C. and New York and Los Angeles, the three main media hubs in this country,” Houck said. “And so, because of that, a lot of stories that are important to pro-lifers, such as the attacks on pro-life centers following the Supreme Court decision and the draft leak overturning Roe v Wade, it really didn’t occur to a lot of folks in the left-wing media to cover those things and I think a lot of it, some of it at least, was not out of purposeful censorship or cynicism. I think it all it just did not occur to them that this thing could be happening.”
“They are very hell-bent with almost religious devotion to their pro-choice views, and anyone trying to stand in the way of that is somehow hateful and sexist and bigoted and so on and so forth,” he added.
Another key factor in how abortion is covered by the media is a key lack of nuance and detail when it comes to reporting on conservative views, critics argue, as well as a willful double standard on nomenclature.
“Every mainstream media outlet curiously uses the term ‘anti-abortion’ to refer to pro-lifers but doesn’t use the term ‘pro-abortion’ to refer to “pro-choicers,'” conservative radio host for WCBM Amber Athey said. …
Davis feels that Democrats “raise a significant amount of money for their candidates and causes from the abortion industry,” so their allies in the mainstream media have a clear incentive to protect the source of cash. As a result, unpopular third trimester abortions are sometimes grouped with early-term abortions.
“There is overwhelming support to severely limit abortions in the third trimester, but the media tries to lump the first, second and third trimesters together to make any restrictions on abortions up until the moment of birth look like it’s extreme and outside the mainstream,” Davis said.
Houck agrees and feels there is a “purposeful lack of nuance” in the media’s coverage of abortion.
“I think that’s very clear that there is no difference in the media’s eyes between a 30-week abortion, 38-week abortion and a three-week abortion,” Houck said.
“The media loves to challenge the GOP on abortion, and they are running for office, so it’s fair, but they don’t challenge the Democrats on what limit — if any — they would place on abortion. Talking to all candidates on abortion would be balanced. But that is not happening,” Kristi Hamrick of Students for Life told Fox News Digital.
Examples of over-the-top abortion opinions and one-sided reporting are plentiful.
CNN’s Ana Navarro controversially evoked her own family members who have special needs when attempting to justify abortion legalization. MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough suggested pro-life Christians are misbelievers because there is “nothing” in the Bible that says abortion is wrong, and his colleague Joy Reid compared states determining if abortion is legal to slavery.
MSNBC’s “The Cross Connection” featured a debate in which a guest called pro-life Republicans “fascists.” New York magazine claimed the pro-life movement relies on “undemocratic tools.” “The View” co-host Whoopi Golberg told ABC viewers that God supports abortion. MSNBC’s Claire McCaskill said the GOP wants “dogs sniffing women at airports” to prevent out-of-state abortions. …
Meanwhile, Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh came alarmingly close to being the victim of an assassination attempt in June in the aftermath of the controversial Politico report of a leaked draft opinion indicating the Supreme Court would overturn Roe v. Wade, but the media largely yawned at the development after an initial wave of coverage of the breaking news. The New York Times put the story on page A20 the following day, and the threat didn’t make the front page of USA Today or the Chicago Tribune. MSNBC’s primetime shows between 8 and 11 p.m. ignored it that evening, and the Sunday talk shows on ABC, CBS, NBC and CNN ignored it completely.
A study by Houck’s NewsBusters, a right-leaning media watchdog, found ABC, CBS and NBC’s morning shows on Thursday, the day after the incident, devoted three times more coverage to previewing that evening’s primetime Jan. 6 committee hearing than the threat to Kavanaugh’s life. …
As Americans are hit with hidden agendas, bias by omission and refusal to understand the pro-life argument, Houck feels the “pretty huge double standard” can be easily summed up simply by noting the lack-of attention given to the March for Life compared to glowing coverage the Women’s March receives from the mainstream media.
“From 2013 to 2016, there was only a combined one minute and 40 seconds on those four Marches for Life. And in 2017, because Donald Trump had taken the White House with the support of pro-lifers, the coverage had ballooned to nearly 22 minutes, but that still paled in comparison to over 75 minutes on the broadcast network morning and evening newscasts looking at the Women’s March, and things only went downhill from there,” Houck said.
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(Excerpt from Fox News. Photo Credit: Maria Oswalt on Unsplash)
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