New York Times refuses to call the March for Life by its name. And pro-lifers are mad.
January 16, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Pro-life leaders are calling out The New York Times for its biased coverage of the March for Life after the newspaper steadfastly avoided identifying the event by its name in a recent article.
In a story published Thursday about how Kellyanne Conway, an advisor to President-elect Donald Trump, will be one of the scheduled speaker's at the pro-life event, The New York Times used “March for Life” only once, and not as a stand alone title but to refer to the title of the event’s president.
The article sparked a twitter exchange with Times reporter Sheryl Gay Stolberg, who wrote the article headlined “Kellyanne Conway, Who Managed Trump to Win, Will Speak at Anti-Abortion March.”
Stolberg tweeted to Heritage Foundation’s Ryan Anderson: “I personally did use March for Life. Alas, working for @nytimes sometimes means copy editors change things while you are eating dinner.”
To which Anderson responded: “That makes it worse, not better.”
Stolberg also confirmed that NYT’s style nixes the terms “pro-choice” or “pro-life” and requires that writers use “anti-abortion” and “abortion rights.”
Those who tweeted Stolberg to express frustration with the newspaper’s bias included blogger Leah Libresco, Fr. Thomas Petri, OP and Fr. Dan Beeman, with Libresco noting “frustration” with the NYT.
Fr. Thomas Petri, OP tweeted to NYT that “Your bias is showing. Why don't you call it what its organizers do? It's the March for Life.”
It was also noted that the Times uses the proper title of the anti-Trump “Women’s March on Washington” protest scheduled for January 21, the day after the inauguration, in its headline and story on the event that ran January 9. The annual March for Life will take place January 27.