The media are no longer the watchdogs for the American public, but the lapdogs of a liberal agenda committed to the destruction of life. The Alliance for Fair Coverage of Life Issues calls out journalists for their ongoing blackout of pro-life news and demands reporters live up to the standards of journalistic integrity by covering life issues.
The March for Life Media Censorship
The three broadcast networks – ABC, CBS and NBC – have promoted Planned Parenthood, downplayed scandalous abortion videos and given little attention to the march and other pro-life events.
Last year, 200,000 people filled Washington, D.C. for the annual March for Life commemorating the 57 million babies snuffed out since 1973’s Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision. Only CBS mentioned the march, allotting just 15 seconds. That was only one second for every 13,000 people who put work, school and other obligations aside to travel from as far away as the West Coast. That was only one second for every 3.8 million babies aborted in the last four decades.
In 2014, the networks devoted 46 seconds to the hundreds of thousands marching in Washington, D.C. Yet, ABC, NBC and CBS spent six times that on the National Zoo’s new panda cub and four-and-a-half times that on the Climate March.
Since 2013, the networks have devoted just 78 seconds to the March for Life – slightly more than they might have spent broadcasting a couple of burger ads.
This year, ABC, CBS and NBC have no excuse to silence these pro-life voices. This year, the Center for Medical Progress released horrific videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s harvesting of aborted baby parts. This year, CMP’s David Daleiden proved a game-changer not only in the pro-life movement but also in Congress.
This year, it’s time for the networks to stop censoring the news and to tell the truth about the March for Life.
To hold the media accountable on life issues, Alliance for Fair Coverage of Life Issues encourages citizens to contact the network representatives listed below to demand coverage of the march and pro-life issues. Tell @ABC, @CBSNews and @NBCNews to #CovertheMarch on Twitter.
Mr. Steve Burke
President, NBC Universal
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10112
Mr. David Rhodes
President, CBS News
524 W. 57th Street
New York, NY 10019
Mr. Ben Sherwood
President, Disney-ABC Television Group
47 West 66th Street
New York, NY 10023
Outlined below are some important talking points:
- Last year, despite hundreds of thousands of marchers, ABC and NBC failed to even mention the March for Life. CBS allotted just 15 seconds. This is NOT journalism. This is bias.
- Since 2013, ABC, CBS and NBC have spent just 78 seconds covering the March for Life.
- This year, after the Planned Parenthood videos and Congress’ push to defund Planned Parenthood, there is no excuse to ignore the march other than a pure liberal bias.
- Ask the media to cover the March for Life fairly and accurately. This includes:
- Details of the March and its purpose
- Accurate number of attendees based on the official headcount
- Speakers and their topics
- 2016 March for Life theme: “Pro-Life and Pro-Woman Go Hand-in-Hand”
- Focus on the pro-life rally and attendees, not the outnumbered minority of pro-choice protesters. This rally is not about them, it’s about the unborn
Alliance for Fair Coverage of Life Issues Guidelines
To regain the trust of the American public, Alliance for Fair Coverage of Life Issues urges journalists to adhere to the following guidelines while reporting on life issues:
1. Report on life issues of public interest.
The media have an obligation to report on life, from the unborn to the elderly. That includes videos questioning a taxpayer-funded organization and events like a congressional vote to defund Planned Parenthood.
2. Report on the pro-life movement.
Report on the March for Life and on the movement’s nationwide protests and other pro-life events. Don’t censor voices according to an agenda.
3. Include pro-life voices.
As journalists, remember to include experts who defend life, from conception until natural death, regardless of personal ideology.
4. Refuse conflict-of-interest awards.
Reject awards or benefits, as a journalist, from special interest organizations that expect something in return. And they often expect something in return.
5. Don’t Dismiss. Investigate.
Take seriously the claims against abortion organizations like Planned Parenthood. Don’t assume the talking points of one side. Look into health complaints at facilities and report on patients that have been harmed by abortion.
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