Wednesday, January 26, 2011

What didn't make the news: the March for Life

This blog may be called "Ethics and Culture in the News," but today it looks at something that didn't make it into the news- or, at least, into the mainstream media: the annual March for Life. As is its annual tradition, mainstream American network news channels and major newspapers simply ignored the demonstration in which tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of Americans participated. Participants in the March for life walked from the National Mall in Washington, D.C., up Constitution Avenue, past the Capitol Building, to the Supreme Court, where 38 years ago the Court handed down the devastating Roe v. Wade ruling. the Washington Post was one of the few major newspapers to cover the March; you can read their article here. The online site News Busters covered the lack of coverage. An excerpt from their article:

"Neither NBC, ABC, nor CBS gave any coverage Monday to the march on their respective evening news programs; none of the networks covered the story Tuesday morning. The New York Times did not cover the story, as the MRC's blog "Times Watch" documented. The Washington Post, however, did provide a fair account of the rally in its Metro section....It's not as if the March was crowded out by weightier news developments. Among the stories featured on the broadcast news networks Monday evening and Tuesday morning included a 13-minute segment on the upcoming Academy Awards on CBS's "Early Show," over 20 minutes dedicated to the Oscar nominees on NBC's "Today," and segments on Oprah Winfrey re-uniting with her long-lost half-sister on national television."

The full article is available here.

To correct News Busters, the New York Times did make an 8-picture slide show of the March available on their website, but no article appeared in the paper.

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