I was stunned, when I read Ross Douthat’s op-ed, “The Abortion Media’s Blinders,” in The New Times’ Sunday Review, to find the most insightful, not to mention fair and balanced article yet written on the Planned Parenthood vs. Komen fiasco, which dominated the media’s attention at the end of last week. He hit the nail on the head when he reported on the absence of pro-life America in the midst of this heated controversy (that is, if you were only paying attention to CNN, ABC, CBS, and MSNBC):
[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.
The irony of Douthat’s pithy observation is while he calls the abortion media blind, he overlooks the way in which Planned Parenthood and the abortion media strong-armed Komen into a reversal of its decision within approximately 48 hours. As Brent Boszell observes:
Since Komen’s first announcement only two days ago, these network morning and evening newscasts collectively have cited it more than 13 times. And not surprisingly, these reports overwhelmingly slammed Komen and sympathized with the abortion giant.
This stands in stark comparison to the same newscasts virtually ignoring the Obama’s new ‘health’ mandate forcing thousands of Catholic institutions to defy their deeply held religious beliefs. In total, ABC, CBS and NBC have covered that story a whopping ONE time since the news broke two weeks ago today.
It stands to reason that Watchers Of the Ed Show (WOES) on MSNBC would agree with some of Douthat’s observations, since they never see what balanced reporting might look like. They could not understand why in the world the Komen foundation would want to disassociate itself from a “woman’s health organization” like Planned Parenthood, because they are never exposed to news like this:
And of course they won’t report on this, because they’ve been saying just the opposite since the story broke:
The mainstream media chooses to ignore certain facts such as Katherine Sebelius’ involvement in Planned Parenthood’s covering up child rape, which ought to cause anyone to disassociate themselves from the abortion giant. Instead the media cause people to sympathize with Planned Parenthood as a woman’s health organization, which also provides some abortions (300,000 a year, in fact). They ignore the fact that Planned Parenthood does not provide mammograms, and maybe that’s why Komen believes its money might be better spent elsewhere.
Yet Douthat’s was fair enough to point out many obvious facts you won’t hear about on MSNBC:
Three truths, in particular, should be obvious to everyone reporting on the Komen-Planned Parenthood controversy. First, that the fight against breast cancer is unifying and completely uncontroversial, while the provision of abortion may be the most polarizing issue in the United States today. Second, that it’s no more “political” to disassociate oneself from the nation’s largest abortion provider than it is to associate with it in the first place. Third, that for every American who greeted Komen’s shift with “anger and outrage” (as Andrea Mitchell put it), there was probably an American who was relieved and gratified.
He also noted that Komen’s donations apparently surged after it revealed it would be revoking funds from planned parenthood, and then added, “But of course, you wouldn’t know that from most of the media coverage. After all, the people making those donations don’t exist.”
To be completely fair, we need to point out that these people do exist, many of them are reporting the truth about Planned Parenthood and the travesty of abortion in this country on a daily basis, and they are making a strong difference. If you are interested in reading news that tells the other side of the story, check out my links in the right column of this blog.
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