Did the media have ‘abortion blinders’?
Most pro-life Americans watched the see-sawing coverage coming from the news that Planned Parenthood may – or may not – be losing funding from the Susan G. Komen Foundation with varying degrees of delight, dismay and confusion as Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation flip flopped on their Planned Parenthood decision. But clearly seen during the media firestorm was the strong bias among reporters in favor of abortion giant Planned Parenthood.
Planned Parenthood Gets Money for Mammograms But Generally Only Offers Referrals
The Komen Foundation first announced that, because of a change in their grant making policies, they would be cutting funds to Planned Parenthood -- which takes well over $1 million a day in tax funds from hard-working Americans. The new Komen standards disqualified Planned Parenthood from receiving Komen funding because they are under Congressional investigation for possible misuse of taxpayer funds and because they generally act as simply a referral service – the middleman – taking a cut from hard-earned donations earmarked for mammograms, rather than directly providing the care.
Planned Parenthood's Attacks on Komen
Abortion advocates quickly raised an outcry. The Daily Caller reported, “Komen’s website was hacked, 26 senators (all Democrats and one independent) wrote a letter of condemnation to the group, and the organization was flooded with angry emails, Tweets and Facebook responses.” But little respect was paid to the reaction of pro-life Americans.
The Media’s Abortion Blinders
So egregious was the pro-abortion slant even the New York Times took note. In an articles titled "The Media’s Abortion Blinders" Ross Douthat wrote, “(I)f you’ve followed the media frenzy surrounding the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation’s decision — which it backpedaled from, with an apology, after a wave of frankly brutal coverage — to discontinue about $700,000 in funding for Planned Parenthood, you would think all these millions of anti-abortion Americans simply do not exist.”
He continued: “Conservative complaints about media bias are sometimes overdrawn. But on the abortion issue, the press’s prejudices are often absolute, its biases blatant and its blinders impenetrable. In many newsrooms and television studios across the country, Planned Parenthood is regarded as the equivalent of, well, the Komen foundation: an apolitical, high-minded and humanitarian institution whose work no rational person — and certainly no self-respecting woman — could possibly question or oppose.
“But of course millions of Americans — including, yes, millions of American women — do oppose Planned Parenthood. They oppose the 300,000-plus abortions it performs every year (making it the largest abortion provider in the country), and they oppose its tireless opposition to even modest limits on abortion.” To read the entire article click here: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/05/opinion/sunday/douthat-the-medias-blin...
Efforts to De-fund Planned Parenthood Not Over
The Washington Post noted that efforts to de-fund the abortion giant are not over. “At this year’s March for Life, which drew thousands of pro-life advocates to Washington from across the country last month, Americans United for Life handed out hundreds of red ‘Defund Planned Parenthood’ signs. ‘That’s meant to be a signal,’ says the group’s president, Charmaine Yoest, who plans to continue pressuring Congress to investigate the organization.”
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