AbortionWed Jul 24, 2013 - 6:23 pm EST
‘March on the Media’: Live Action organizing protests demanding unbiased reporting on abortion
ARLINGTON, VA, July 24, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Citing a dire need for honest reporting, pro-life powerhouse Live Action is launching a “March on the Media” campaign targeting ABC, CBS and NBC, the three largest American news networks.
“Like it or not, the major news networks have huge influence in our country,” said Live Action President Lila Rose. “Millions of Americans get a sense of the world through national filters like ABC, CBS, and NBC. So it's inexcusable when these networks, in whom so much public trust is invested, refuse to report the facts on one of the most pressing human rights issues of our time.”
Rose says her group plans to call attention to how the media reports on the abortion issue via a petition drive, a website (lifemarchonmedia.com), and open letters to the networks. All of that will culminate in a number of rallies to be held outside major media outlet headquarters, soon to be announced.
“ABC consistently flinches in the face of the ultimate human rights abuse – abortion,” reads one open letter. “The public expects you to impart knowledge, to tackle hard truths, and to bring us to terms with our own biases. Yet your network and others sedulously censor and suppress the news on this vital issue, to the detriment of the public and to your own discredit.”
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Rose’s organization is showcasing a slew of reports by the Media Research Center (MRC) on what they say is selective and biased reporting of the abortion issue. In particular, the group highlights the contrast between the near-media blackout surrounding the murder conviction of late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell and the wall-to-wall coverage of State Senator Wendy Davis's filibuster against newly-passed abortion regulations in Texas.
According to MRC, the major networks devoted three times more coverage over 19 days to Davis’s failed political theatrics than they did to the 58-day Gosnell trial, during which jurors heard graphic and disturbing testimony about the brutal killings of infants born alive after botched abortions.
"The media has flinched from the reality of abortion for decades," Rose said, "but the degree to which they mischaracterize and whitewash this issue has become egregious lately. How can you go on about a senator's sneakers and completely ignore the reason you're talking about those shoes in the first place: because she's championing a procedure that literally tears helpless children to pieces and puts women's lives and health in extreme danger?"
Rose says she wants to point the media in a new direction. "A change is long overdue for our big news distributors," she said. "It's time for these networks to end their blackout of the truth on abortion – how it irreparably harms women, babies, and society."
"The abortion-friendly reporters and executives in New York and Washington will not come to terms with this fact unless we bring it to their door," Rose said. "So that's what we're doing."