UPDATE, 1/24, 6:50a: Newsbusters’ Matthew Balan has written a great post, “Newsweek could have just asked colleagues at WaPo about young pro-life women (with photo essay).”
BTW, the Newsweek author, Krista Gesaman, is getting hammered in the comments section, including one from me.
UPDATE, 1/23, 4:23p: Jack Cashill has a good piece on MSM’s biased coverage of the March at the American Thinker.
UPDATE, 1/23, 3:41p: Steve linked to a particularly specious Newsweek blog post about the March for Life entitled:
What garbage! Note the author’s post was published at 7:15a, hours before the March actually began. The contents are as bad as the title…
Today is the 37th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court case legalizing abortion, and droves of women are prepared to face rainy weather to support their positions during the annual Washington, DC, demonstrations. But there will be one major difference with the demonstration route this year – it’s shorter.
“The organizers are getting older, and it’s more difficult for them to walk a long distance,” says Stanley Radzilowski, an officer in the planning unit for the DC police department. A majority of the participants are in their 60s and were the original pioneers either for or against the case, he says.
So this raises the question: where are the young, vibrant women supporting their pro-life or pro-choice positions? Likely, they’re at home. “Young women are still concerned about these issues, but they’re not trained to go out and protest,” says Kristy Maddux, assistant professor at the University of MD, who specializes in historical feminism….
The author has obviously never attended a March, because she’d then know she has her premise and her story exactly backward. Hundreds and perhaps thousands of busloads of young people from churches, high schools, and colleges across the country descend on DC for the annual March. What shoddy, biased, utterly false reporting.
UPDATE, 1/23, 3:05p: 1-22 Marcher has linked to 2 more good person-on-the-street March videos, here and here.
UPDATE, 1/23, 2:55p: Steve Greydanus at National Catholic Register has a great recap of MSM (lack of or mis-) coverage of the March.
UPDATE, 1/23, 12:05p: Culture and Media Institute reports a CNN reporter was not even sure who was doing the protesting yesterday:
Near the end of the 3p ET hour of CNN’s Rick’s List on Friday, host Rick Sanchez couldn’t seem to figure out who was protesting at the March for Life in Washington D.C.: “It’s the 37th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade case….both sides being represented today, but it does appear to me, as I look at these signs that – which side is represented the most….Do we know?”…
As Rick puzzled over which side was more represented at the protest, numerous pro-life signs could be clearly seen on screen.
Returning from the commercial break, Sanchez clarified, but still seemed completely unfamiliar with the annual event: “As far as we can tell, following this protest on this day, the bulk of the protesters that we have seen here – that doesn’t mean there aren’t others, because we haven’t gone out and counted them individually – seem to be anti-abortion activists. We’ve seen more pro-life signs than we have the others.”
1/23, 11:21a: Interesting that it was Russia Today of all things that produced the best news story I could find on the 2010 March for Life…
Crowd estimates ranged from 250k to 300k – if the report came from friendly media. MSM otherwise reported it as “tens of thousands,” or worse, just “thousands-strong,” as a particularly odorous Scripps piece reported.
Its 3-paragraph lead was about a counter-demonstration of 60 pro-aborts. And the rest of the Scripps article was not much better, focusing almost entirely on what the leaders of the National Organization for Women, Feminist Majority Foundation, and Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice thought about abortion. Whatever. Expected.
CNN totally misrepresented the March by starting its coverage with, “Abortion rights supporters and opponents hit the streets of the nation’s capital Friday to mark the 37th anniversary of Roe v. Wade….”
Of course, it wasn’t like that at all. CNN should fairly have reported, “.0001% Abortion rights supporters and 99.9999% opponents hit the streets….”
NPR did the same, giving equal billing to pro-aborts in its headline about the March and seriously underplaying – not even attempting to mention – the volume of pro-lifers compared to the infinitesimal presence of pro-aborts…
But never fear, citizen journalism is here. If you search “March for Life” at YouTube you’ll find lots of homemade pro-life videos that give little snippets of the real sense of this enormous and inspiring event, like these…
Feel free to quote other news reports in the comments section.