Column: The National Pro-Abortion Echo Chamber

What happened when the Supreme Court was overturned Roe vs. Wade The news coverage took a surprising (albeit temporary) turn. Pro-life victories were so significant that reporters actually spoke to pro-life advocates to find out their reactions to the historic news.

It was different when some scabrous leaker gave Politico a copy of Justice Alito’s draft opinion. Abortion advocates dominated ABC, CBS and NBC for a week, compared to opponents on CBS, ABC, and NBC, by a 153 count to 57 count.

On July 8, when President Biden prepared to issue an executive order on “abortion access,” the pro-life view was almost non-existent. The network morning programs did not air any soundsbites from opposing camps. Instead, the emphasis was on the abortion lobby and all the exaggerations.

NBC’s Peter Alexander previewed that Biden would attempt to “protect access to abortion” and expand access to “abortion medication” that’s “Safe and efficient,” as Biden seeks to “ensure the Safety of patients and providers.”

In this euphemistic “news” vocabulary, you can sense the callous disregard that liberals have for the unborn babies, who are never the ones who deserve “access” to life. They are undeserving of “safety.” The humanity of the unborn isn’t even considered in most TV “news” stories.  

The network newscasts broadcast nine soundbites on Friday night. All nine of them were pro-abortion. ABC at least threw in a sentence at the end from Rachel Scott: “Tonight, anti-abortion rights groups say that the president’s executive actions today are a tragic overreach.”

We can’t just be “anti-abortion.” It has to be “anti-abortion rights.”

The only soundbite on NBC was President Biden denouncing “extremists” in the Republican Party. The networks can never locate an “extremist” in favor of abortion. In fact, they didn’t use words like “liberal” or “leftist” to describe abortion advocates.

An aside: With all the usual comedy, NPR’s All Things Considered on Friday night only had one viewpoint: Rutgers law professor Kim Mutcherson, and she was outraged at Biden. His order was “as milquetoast as you can be,” it changes “absolutely nothing,” and the president must declare a “public health emergency” that babies can’t be killed.

ABC and NBC provided short updates Saturday morning. CBS did not offer any soundbites. All six soundbites were either Biden or Jen Klein, who heads his “Gender Policy Council.” So that’s 15 to zeroIn that news cycle.

People might have expected a fairer and more balanced treatment, based on the reports in national newspapers about this executive action. They would be mistaken.  

Take the front-page article in Saturday’s Washington Post under the headline “With limited tools, Biden acts on abortion access.” The quote count was 15 to 2 – and both pro-life quotes were one person, Denise Harle of the Alliance Defense Fund.

Saturday’s New York TimesIt placed its story on A-17. This is The Times put a dangerous “far-right” Christian fringe on the front page, then spilled that story onto A-16, or across from the Biden abortion-order story. There were 7 quotes to 1.

USA Today doesn’t publish on Saturdays, but it made Monday’s front page, under the headline “Abortion-access advocates urge action.” The quote count favored the abortion superfans 6 to 1. Take all three stories and you get the total quote count. 28- 4.

The stories have a more dramatic imbalance, with a lot of leftist complaints. We could joke that this episode shows “fair and balanced” reporting – if the two sides are the Biden White House and the outraged pro-abortion extremists.  

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