The March for Life Blackout

By Jasper

2008 March for Life

Tim Graham from NewsBusters summarized the poor news coverage of the March for Life, which drew well over 100,000 people:

ABC, CBS, and NBC had absolutely nothing on the March, and absolutely nothing on the 35th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. By contrast, Fox News Channel at least had a fair-and-balanced report on the March on Tuesday night's Special Report with Brit Hume....
National Public Radio offered several segments on the Roe anniversary, but no mention of the March for Life (with the asterisk that news breaks on the hour are not loaded into Nexis.)

Morning Edition carried a Kathy Lohr on attempts in some states to pass a Human Life Amendment, with both sides of the debate represented (the labels were "pro-life" and "pro-choice"). The afternoon talk show Talk of the Nation did a long segment on women discussing their abortions with after-abortion counselors Aspen Baker and Teri Reisser, who agreed women shouldn't feel post-abortion guilt. All Things Considered anchor Robert Siegel interviewed Rudy Giuliani about his abortion views. But NPR aired nothing specifically about the protest whatsoever.

CNN barely mentioned the March. One Alina Cho anchor brief on American Morning contained the perfunctory line that "Rallies and protests on both sides of the issue planned in Washington today." That's a strange line, since the Washington Post made no mention whatsoever of any pro-abortion events for that day.

If they were illegal alien activists, they'd get front-page coverage, multimedia packages, and prime time on TV airwaves.

If they were anti-war activists, they'd get front-page coverage, multimedia packages, and prime time on TV airwaves.

The twisted media will give front page coverage to 100 people who are pro-baby killing, or eight illegals with a personal grudge against a radio talkshow host, but they won't cover tens of thousands marching on Washington protesting the passage of Roe v. Wade. They don't even like talking about the fact that the woman at the center of that pitiful case has changed sides, regrets her actions, and says the pro-death side pulled every snarky trick in the book to get her to go along with their program.


Comments:

I absolutely agree that there is media bias against the pro-life position, but at the same time, the March for Life *has* been going on for 35 years. I'm not sure I can blame people for not considering it news.

Besides, call me a cynic, but I'd rather have them ignore it than take the tack they took the years I went to the March, which was to find the craziest (usually pro-clinic-violence) people they could find and feature them.

Posted by: Jen R at February 8, 2008 10:32 AM


MSM's news blackout was meant to conceal the large and growing protests against abortion...

If news coverage came out on the March for Life like the coverage on Britney Spears' trip to the hospital...more people would join the protesters.


Posted by: RSD at February 8, 2008 10:46 AM


If there were a protest of the media's coverage of Britney Spears, I'd consider joining it.

I really do not want to hear anything about her life ever again.

Posted by: Jen R at February 8, 2008 10:49 AM


You REALLY don't understand the news media.

All broadcast media - like all whores - are cash-driven.
America wants Britney news, that's what they get. America wants a political messiah, that's what they get. Heath Ledger or Anna Nicole - if it bleeds, it leads.

If the news networks thought they would have made money broadcasting the "March for Life" and other "pro-life" events, they would have.
Problem is, the vast majority of Americans aren't even vaguely interested, and footage of the lunatic fringe doesn't sell commercial time. Westboro Baptist Church doesn't get air time, and neither do you guys.
There is no market for your madness, or FAUX News and Bill "Loofa Boy" O'Reilly would have been all over it.

Posted by: FetusFascist at February 8, 2008 10:57 AM


Wow! Your piece sounds familiar:

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tim-graham/2008/02/07/catching-march-life-blackout

Posted by: FetusFascist at February 8, 2008 10:59 AM


I swear I read somewhere 2,000 marched.

As one who was part of the most immense throng
I've ever seen, let me say it was certainly 100,000 +
if not 200,000!

Shame on America's so called free press.

Posted by: lesforlife at February 8, 2008 11:19 AM


I was dissapointed with the lack of news media. I turned on the news hoping to see it. I think the news media is wrong ... just as they were about the Passion of the Christ ... there were people who criticized the Passion of the Christ before it raked in Millions of dollars and I think the TV channels that show the Pro life efforts would also rake in viewership.

Posted by: Brian at February 8, 2008 11:23 AM


Wow! Your piece sounds familiar

BREAKING: Blogger quotes other blogger, cites source.

Posted by: Jen R at February 8, 2008 11:37 AM


"Wow! Your piece sounds familiar:"

Yes Laura, I mentioned newsbusters at the top of the post.

Posted by: jasper at February 8, 2008 11:49 AM


Laura,

You forgot to mention MSM is also left-leaning and Liberal!

Posted by: RSD at February 8, 2008 12:05 PM


Laura,

You forgot to mention MSM is also left-leaning and Liberal!

Posted by: RSD at February 8, 2008 12:05 PM
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Nope. It's just a capitalist enterprise. If the coverage of the March for Life boosted rating and sold expensive commercial time, the media would be all over it.
Every other cause - whether an issue or a candidate - garners airtime by throwing celebrities out front to push their agenda. Why don't you guys try that?

Posted by: FetusFascist at February 8, 2008 12:11 PM


I don't know what you mean by "blackout." I remember seeing it on the news several times that day.

Here's a story about it from the Washington Post. Here's one from CBS. What more do you want? You do it every year. It's not exactly shocking, surprising or thrilling news.

Posted by: reality at February 8, 2008 1:04 PM


With too many media outlets chasing too little news, usually massive overkill occurs when it comes to coverage of a news event. Take Brittney for example. So it is interesting that upwards to a quarter of a million people can gather on the streets of the nation's capital and be virtually shutout of major media coverage. It takes a "willing suspension of disbelief" to think major media is anything but completely dismissive of pro-lifers and of their cause.

As the fourth arm of government the press is responsible for a factual accounting of the news and happenings of the day. This apparently has been lost upon many engaged in journalism today. Big media, but for a few notable exceptions, is completely agenda driven, and has been for decades.

Posted by: Jerry at February 8, 2008 1:33 PM


"Every other cause - whether an issue or a candidate - garners airtime by throwing celebrities out front to push their agenda. Why don't you guys try that?"
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Laura...because the Pro-Life movement is not just a fad where famous people show face time on-camera and then leave when the camera is gone...this is a CRUSADE done on the grassroots level...

Posted by: RSD at February 8, 2008 2:05 PM


Laura...because the Pro-Life movement is not just a fad where famous people show face time on-camera and then leave when the camera is gone...this is a CRUSADE done on the grassroots level...

Posted by: RSD at February 8, 2008 2:05 PM
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The President was two blocks away from your little rally and phoned-in his statement.
No one in public life can afford to be seen with the "crazies." (Note that Ron Paul did show up...)

Posted by: FetusFascist at February 8, 2008 4:34 PM


The news media does make things 'real' or 'unreal.'

Yes, the March for Life might be more effective in many ways if the general public was aware of it; however it does not mean it's any sort of waste.

At some point in your life you do things and go to things because it's the right thing to do, not because someone from the media is going to care.

God knows the disposition of our hearts and knows our efforts and that is what counts at the end of the day (and at the end of our life!)

Posted by: Elizabeth at February 8, 2008 5:56 PM


The news media does make things 'real' or 'unreal.'

Yes, the March for Life might be more effective in many ways if the general public was aware of it; however it does not mean it's any sort of waste.

At some point in your life you do things and go to things because it's the right thing to do, not because someone from the media is going to care.

God knows the disposition of our hearts and knows our efforts and that is what counts at the end of the day (and at the end of our life!)

Posted by: Elizabeth at February 8, 2008 5:56 PM
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The general public is aware of you folks. They aren't interested.

Posted by: Sally at February 8, 2008 9:57 PM


Lets get the number of marchers up to 500,000 next year. And if they ignore that then well get 1,000,000 in 2010.

Posted by: Truthseeker at February 10, 2008 3:19 AM


And if any of you are in the Chicago area next Saturday 2/16 there is a March for Life outside the new House of Horrors PP built in Aurora last year. Your presence of course would be greatly appreciated. Dress warm if you come. It was below zero at last months but we still had over 100 marchers. For more info on the march visit
http://www.familiesagainstplannedparenthood.org

Posted by: Truthseeker at February 10, 2008 3:24 AM


I remember seeing it on the news several times that day.

One figure is that 1300 people marched.

Posted by: Doug at February 10, 2008 5:43 PM


We should have learned by now that the only way we will get any publicity (other than bad) is to kidnap the reporters, hogtie them, and send in a story under their name. Even then their editors would probably kill the story.

Posted by: Doyle Chadwick at February 11, 2008 12:30 PM


In all fairness, I have to agree with Jen R. The March for Life has been going for years now. Same date, every year, like clockwork. That's not really "new" news. It merits a couple of 'graphs, and that's about it. While the Left-leaning bias of the MSM is very real and pervasive, it's not needed to explain the lack of coverage for the March.

Doing the same thing over and over for thirty-five years simply isn't newsworthy.

Please understand, I'm not advocating that we abandon the March. It inspires pro-lifers. It shows the politicians in DeeCee that we aren't going away. Did I mention that it inspires pro-lifers? The March is a worthy activity, and we should keep doing it until that blessed day when it's no longer needed.

That said, let's not kid ourselves about the reaction that we'll get. The MSM will continue to ignore it. The only way that the March would get big coverage is if:
1) Something horrible happens at the March, like some sort of violence. God willing, this will never happen.
2) We manage to get enough people on the streets to shutdown Downtown DC. Wouldn't that be something? Unlikely ... because the DC government has plenty of experience with mass protests & marches, and they know how to keep the city going even with a million people on the street. Still, a guy can dream, can't he?

Posted by: Naaman at February 11, 2008 2:51 PM