Fair Coverage of the March for Life?

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Today is the annual March for Life.  It’s been held every year on Jan. 22 since the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973.  200,000 people are expected to show up today.

It’s always interesting to see how the secular and largely liberal media actually cover the event.  It is often that our only information we receive on national or international events is from the news media.  And if the truth is otherwise than what they say, we have no way of really knowing.  It isn’t until you are actually a real part of some story they are covering that you find out how inadequate the media actually is in reporting the truth. Especially when it’s not a truth they happen to agree with.

I’ve been blessed to attend the March for Life twice.  It is a life-altering event.  Please go if you are ever able to go.  If you think you get the full story from the news – you’re crazy.

The coverage and reporting from the main stream media was largely laughable both times I went.  They usually spent less time covering the hundreds of thousands of pro-life marchers than they did covering the few hundred pro-abortion protesters that showed up.  Their turnout estimates are quietly small for pro-lifers and loudly exaggerated for the opposition.  Their camera shots are conveniently of people of one extreme or the other.  And the headlines and placement of their coverage shows a lack of integrity, honesty, and fairness.

If a thousand people march on Washington to protest the war, Israel, Bush, marriage, prayer in school, Christmas or being mean to terrorists the story makes the front page.  And magically the one thousand people some how appear like ten thousand people.

But when hundreds of thousands of people march on Washington to protest the legalization of abortion in this country, it’s treated as old news.  You have to dig to find the headlines.  The cameras make a hundred thousand people look like just a hundred.  And the issues are editorially marginalized.

It will be interesting to see their coverage today.  I pray that it’s fair.

Thomas Peters from American Papist is at the march today.  He will supposedly be twittering the event if anyone is interested.  You can follow him here.  And if you’re on Twitter, you can follow me here if you’d like.

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lionel (acid42) January 22, 2009 at 12:06 pm

I’ve come to expect little from mainstream media. They mostly report on topics that will gain viewers and thus make more money for the networks. Nothing fair and balanced there if it doesn’t support their agenda.

Praise God that we have blogs, microblogs and RSS feeds and web video to cover that which the media won’t touch.

JSullivan January 22, 2009 at 5:25 pm

Just got back from the March an hour ago. It was my first time and I thought is was a wonderful, grace-filled event (pics at my site, vinumnovum.org).

I certainly agree with what you’re saying. It didn’t help this year that the March started three blocks closer to the Capitol than in years past. It made the stream of people, as viewed from the top of Capitol Hill, look much shorter than it really was since people had to come from around a corner to join the March.

Denise January 26, 2009 at 11:42 am

I majored in journalism and worked in the field for a period of time out of college. Its at times like this that I wish I were still working in the field so at to cover events like this… but in that same vein I am glad to be out of it because I’m so deeply ashamed by the bias shown in the media. I’d rather not be associated with it… instead use my time and energy in other ways that won’t be shut down by “the man.”

Becky Wyatt January 28, 2009 at 11:45 pm

Matt,
I agree! The day of the march I checked CNN.com ALL DAY LONG (I’m on the computer a lot) and NEVER found it as a headline. I then went to msnbc.com and found it as a headline – an ANTI-ABORTION (not pro-life) headline.
Keep up the great work on this blog – I’m new and I’m really enjoying it so far.
-Becky

C.P. April 29, 2010 at 8:22 pm

Me and a friend are going to fix this. I have a plan. I’ll update you when I get details, but rest assured that it’s legal, moral by Catholic (true) standards, and, if everything works out, a good idea.

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