THE MEDIA & ABORTION
|Media paint Pro-lifers as 'Militant,' 'Extreme'
We all saw it coming, didn't we? The media's attempt to paint all pro-lifers as dangerous, 'extremist,' because one man, acting on his own, killed an abortionist. Ellen Goodman of The Boston Globe, among others, seized the opportunity to plug passage of the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act. (Milwaukee Sentinel, Mar. 13, 1992) Peppered with hate, her words compared the killer to both the Waco wacko and the terrorists who bombed the World Trade Center. (All three were religiously motivated and therefore parallel, the liberals would have us believe.) The same words -- terrorists, cultists, fanatics, zealots, violence, assaults -- applied to one were applied to all. In fact, a Milwaukee Sentinel news story (not an editorial, but supposedly unbiased news) Mar. 13 used many of the same caustic terms to describe Milwaukee pro-lifers: "militant," "rioting," "conspiracy," "violence," "extreme zealots," "threatening," "cult-like flavor."
Animal rights activists are described as "devoted" to their cause, for the concern for beasts. Opponents of abortion, on the other hand, are termed "fanatical."
And they call us intolerant.
MISCELLANEOUS, UNPUBLICIZED FACTS:
The Day After Roe
January 23, 1973, the day after abortion was legalized in the US, a story in The Milwaukee Journal descibed, in the words of a clinic employee, the atmosphere of one waiting room. The article, entitled "Abortion Business Here is Brisk and Efficient," described patrons as a "casket faced brigade."
Clinic patrons looked "worried, guilty, ... stony-eyed," the article said. Clinics were herding them in "like cattle," said one patient.
A mere 'distraction'?
January 24, 1973, The Milwaukee Journal said that "politicians and policemen and judges" no longer would have to concern themselves with the "distractive" issue of abortion.
"Certainly the wisdom of changing the nation's organic law to reflect one side of a closely divided moral controversy is questionable," the paper said Feb. 11, 1973.
OTHER ABORTION-RELATED ARTICLES
Why should we care what they do with their
"Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
In other words, media dedicated enough to a cause to support it
financially probably also are biased toward that issue in their reporting.
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