Media Distortions

Another manner by which the media demonstrate their anti-Christian bias is in the selection of news stories and the relative emphasis placed on them. The Media Research Center (MRC) reported that the media rather downplayed the massive March for Life in Washington, D.C., on the thirtieth anniversary of the United States Supreme Court's decision Roe v. Wade. An antiwar march just four days before was scarcely attended, yet the broadcast networks' morning and evening news shows ran a total of twenty-six segments on the event, fourteen before the march began. By contrast, the March for Life, in which tens of thousands participated, received a mere nine segments. In fact, the networks often merged the segments on the pro-life march with those on counter-demonstrations by pro-abortion groups with around one hundred in attendance, fostering the false impression that neither side of the debate was better attended than the other. And even though a Planned Parenthood rally drew an estimated 150 people, CBS's Dan Rather said, "Tens of thousands of demonstrators on both sides of the issue filled the streets of Washington today," implying that they were equally attended. During the anti-war protests, all the networks ran sound bites from likable marchers, according to MRC. Yet the network stories covering the pro-life march "did not include a syllable from any participant, on stage or in the crowd," concluded MRC's Tim Graham.

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