Carol Platt Liebau: Pro-Abortion Agenda Journalism

Sunday, December 31, 2006

Pro-Abortion Agenda Journalism

The New York Times' ombudsman, Byron Calame, completely shoots down a story from the NY Times Magazine -- a sympathetic piece that discusses the sad plight of a woman sentenced to 30 years in prison in El Salvador.

According to the piece, this travesty of justice occurred because the woman had had an abortion at 18 weeks. As it turns out, however, a three-judge panel had found that she had actually given birth to the child after 38-42 weeks of gestation, and then killed it.

Unfortunately, the Times freelance "reporter" had completely neglected to check the court document containing the panel’s findings and ruling -- documents that were easily accessible. What's more, as the ombudsman pointed out, the story's author "used an unpaid translator who has done consulting work for Ipas, an abortion rights advocacy group, for his interviews" with the woman convicted of infanticide and another woman.

Though shocking, this is just another prominent example of the elite media's long-time, overwhelming support for abortion rights. Along with affirmative action and gay rights, abortion is the third issue upon which the elite press seems to believe there is simply and exclusively one side to the story.


Blogger One Salient Oversight said...

With about 60% of Americans basically pro-choice (source) it is always going to be very difficult for newspapers to be anything but biased in this area.

Although in this particular case the ombudsman was right in criticizing the reporter, Americans firmly believe in abortion rights.

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