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Liberal Media Showed True Colors In Heavily Slanted Treatment of Komen

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Media critic Mollie Hemingway, a contributor to GetReligion.org, has an excellent post up today at CNN's Belief Blog about how the liberal media did a horrible job when it came to objectively reporting the implications of the recent Komen for the Cure/Planned Parenthood row. In fact, the media have shown themselves "effective partisans" by telling only "half the story," the half spoon-fed by socially liberal lobby groups like Planned Parenthood.

Be sure to check out the whole thing here, but below the page break I've appended some key excerpts (emphasis mine):


The media bought Planned Parenthood’s public relations campaign hook, line and sinker. Planned Parenthood argued that Komen’s decision to stop funding was “political.” This was the way most media outlets framed the entire story. But logic dictates that it’s not more political to stop funding Planned Parenthood than it is to keep funding it.

We’re talking about the country’s largest abortion provider, an organization that performs 330,000 abortions a year. According to Gallup polls from recent years, about half the American population identifies as pro-life while half identify as pro-choice. If you don’t have a sense for how controversial abortion is, you simply shouldn’t be in journalism.

Planned Parenthood receives nearly half a billion dollars in taxpayer funds, including from Medicaid payments. Along with its political arm, it spent at least $1.7 million on lobbying at the federal level last year. Its political expenditures for the 2012 cycle have swung 100% for Democrats and against Republicans. Its political web site ranks a series of Republicans as “chumps.”

The notion that such a huge partisan player could be characterized as apolitical is laughable.

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While Komen will now be raked over the coals, will the media similarly investigate Planned Parenthood? It’s doubtful.

The media coverage has been so fawning over the years that conservative activists have recently gone undercover to raise doubts about whether Planned Parenthood actually performs mammograms. These independent journalists have also produced evidence suggesting that some affiliates have failed to report instances of sexual abuse, sexual trafficking and rape.

“There’s no question that the media,” said Daily Beast media critic Howard Kurtz, “have been approaching the whole narrative from the left.”

When the media tell only half the story, they become effective partisans, and they do so at the expense of accuracy, accountability and fairness.

Comments

#1 Why Would I give Money To Komen

In our family we have had a member lose a breast to cancer. We are also not prudes that we are against contraception but we are against aboration and Planned Parenthood is the largest provider of abortions in the United States. We would never make a donation to Planned Parenthood but would to Komen for the Cure.

Now we learn how Komen is using donated funds. It's seems that Komen may be more interested in aboration then breast cancer if there not using all donated funds for that purpose.

Then when they try to correct this donation injustice they reverse themselves do to liberal pressure.

This only goes to show that liberalism is a mental illness.

squirefld

#2 Must Read. One of Mollie Hemingway's article links was to a

piece in The New York Times by conservative columnist Ross Douthat titled The Media’s Abortion Blinders. Douthat writes in part:

Three truths, in particular, should be obvious to everyone reporting on the Komen-Planned Parenthood controversy. First, that the fight against breast cancer is unifying and completely uncontroversial, while the provision of abortion may be the most polarizing issue in the United States today. Second, that it’s no more “political” to disassociate oneself from the nation’s largest abortion provider than it is to associate with it in the first place. Third, that for every American who greeted Komen’s shift with “anger and outrage” (as Andrea Mitchell put it), there was probably an American who was relieved and gratified.

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You can watch (VIDEO) Mollie Ziegler Hemingway debate Planned Parenthood supporter Amy Sullivan, a contributing editor for Time magazine, on a number of issues including Susan G. Komen vs. Planned Parenthood at bloggingheads.tv Even Amy Sullivan agreed that the media coverage was very one sided.

#3 Komen for the Cure

My family and I are proud supports of Komen. In fact we have walked in their first and every walk in Phoenix. Unless we can designate our gift, we will not contribute in 2012. We want none of our hard earned money going to killing babies.

The "sole" purpose of PP.

My gift to Komen and others is many thousand of per cent more than the Vice Presidentand his (Dr.) wife. I continue to ask and no one answers, the followers of PP don't agree with captial puishment, only killing defenseless babies. Where is the logic?

Desert3030

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