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Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Striking Contrast Between Major News Coverage of Pro-Abortion Planned Parenthood and Catholic Rebellion on ObamaCare

Is this fair and balanced?

Last Sunday I posted the story about the Catholic rebellion over ObamaCare. But if you didn't attend Catholic Mass on Sunday, and got the majority of your news from the Big Three networks (ABC, NBC, CBS) you might never know that Catholics are up in arms about being forced to pay for contraception, sterilizations and abortion related drugs through ObamaCare insurance mandates.

Likewise, if all you watched was the Big Three, you might have heard the story about the breast cancer organization, Susan G. Komen Foundation, and their decision to cancel funding for the abortion giant Planned Parenthood. If so you would have been bombarded with opinions favorable to  the abortion provider.

That's how the liberal media shapes the news that influences so much of America. It's what they omit and what they choose to cover as much as how it's covered. And it's almost always done in a way that supports the liberal point of view.

But back to our two examples. Matthew Balan writing at Newsbusters breaks it down:
When the Susan G. Komen Foundation announced on February 1 that it would no longer be donating to Planned Parenthood, the Big Three networks -- ABC, CBS, NBC -- rushed to the defense of the left-wing organization, which is the largest abortion conglomerate in the United States. Over the course of about 60 hours, ABC, CBS, and NBC emphasized the controversy with a whopping 13 morning and evening news stories. A Media Research Center study found that the soundbite count was loaded: 76 percent of the quotes came from supporters of Planned Parenthood (35 in total). Only 11 clips or statements came from Komen representatives or new allies.

By contrast to those 13 reports on the feminist "firestorm," when the Obama administration announced on January 20 that it was giving religious institutions one year to comply with a mandate for coverage of sterilization, abortion-inducing drugs, and contraception in their health plans without a co-pay, these same networks all but ignored the face-off with angry Catholic bishops and their flocks. It took CBS 10 days to air one news brief about the controversy on CBS This Morning on January 30. Neither ABC nor NBC have aired anything on their morning and evening newscasts over the past two weeks, and CBS hasn't done anything since giving that one brief.

On February 3, ABC's Claire Shipman trumpeted the negative responses to the breast cancer charity's decision: "This morning, outrage and disappointment engulfing the Internet. 'All lies.' 'You have lost my support.' 'Playing politics with the lives of women.' 'I'll never buy pink again.'" ABC showed the strongest tilt towards Planned Parenthood, with 10 sound bites or statements in favor of the organization, versus only two supporting Komen, a five-to-one margin.

The day before, both CBS and NBC highlighted a talking point from Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards, who hyped that a "right-wing political campaign [was] bullying" the breast cancer foundation. NBC trailed not far behind ABC in terms of slant towards the abortion giant, with 15 clips in favor of the liberal darling, and four supporting Komen, a nearly four-to-one imbalance.
You'll hear about both stories on Fox News and that's yet another reason why the left does everything they can to marginalize that news source. The last thing liberals want is for the people to be informed about both sides of an issue!

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