Katie Yoder is Associate Culture Editor, the Joe and Betty Anderlik Fellow at Media Research Center
Katie Yoder works as the associate culture editor for the Media Research Center. As the Joe and Betty Anderlik Fellow, Katie's coverage has been instrumental on a variety of issues in relation to the media including family, entertainment and religion, with a special focus on feminisim, including abortion. Katie has covered life issues from the trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell to the media coverage of the March for Life and Women's March. Her work has received attention from numerous media outlets including Fox News, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, The New York Times, EWTN, HLN, and One America News Network. Katie has spoken on these issues in both radio and TV appearances. Before her current position, Katie interned at The Heritage Foundation after graduating from the University of Virginia with a major in English and a minor in Foreign Affairs.
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Netflix is celebrating after winning big at the Emmys. But the streaming giant can’t claim a win on its new documentary concerning abortion: while Netflix says it tells the “whole story,” women abortion advocates showed up 13 times more than their pro-life counterparts. And it isn’t that producers couldn’t find knowledgeable women against abortion. They did, but literally “days” of footage featuring them ended up on the cutting room floor.
Planned Parenthood’s new president calls her organization “transparent,” even as she insists abortion consists of only 3% of its services. That’s a number even The Washington Post has debunked. But, according to her, this isn’t “political.” On Sept. 12, the nation’s largest abortion provider announced its incoming president: Dr. Lena Wen. In response, ABC’s The View invited Wen on as a guest the next day.
A famed Broadway actress is joining Hollywood’s crusade against President Trump – by asking for president-assassinator John Wilkes Booth. On Sunday, TMZ asked 94-year-old television and Broadway actress Carole Cook (Sixteen Candles, 42nd Street) about President Trump and a recent performance of Frozen.
According to many in the media, Kavanaugh typed in a 15-year-old e-mail that American abortion law wasn’t “settled law.” They’re wrong. On Sept. 6, The New York Times published a 2003 e-mail that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sent during his time at the George W. Bush White House. Kavanaugh wrote he wasn’t certain “all legal scholars refer to Roe as the settled law of the land.” But many media headlines translated that to mean Kavanaugh himself wasn’t certain Roe was the settled law of the land.
Democracy depends on the ability to end others’ lives before they’re even born, according to one famed feminist. Netflix released a trailer for its new documentary, Reversing Roe, on Sept. 4. The timely teaser for the abortion law film comes during Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings. The film hits computer screens Sept. 13, and appears to include interviews with abortion activists including Gloria Steinem.
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s daughters didn’t leave their father’s hearing because it got heated, according to one CNN strategist. After interruptions from both Democrats and protesters, Kavanaugh’s young daughters were ushered out of his confirmation hearing on Sept. 4. Despite contradicting reports, CNN strategist Symone Sanders argued that they were “already going to get up” and “Democrats were “extremely respectful” during the hearing.
Kids aren’t off limits when it comes to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing – at least not in Hollywood. After several interruptions from protesters, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s young daughters were ushered out of his confirmation hearing on Sept. 4. Hollywood screenwriter and producer Randi Mayem Singer (Mrs. Doubtfire) took to Twitter to “hope” for gun safety and “reproductive rights” (aka abortion) for 13-year-old Margaret and 10-year-old Liza.
It’s not everyday that CNN tells a story with a pro-life message, but the media outlet just did – by reporting on a woman who was tragically raped and failed an attempted an abortion, but then fell in love with her baby. On Aug. 27, CNN Newsroom covered the sexual violence suffered by the Rohingya at the hands of the Myanmar government. The exact number of rape victims is unknown, but CNN international correspondent Alexandra Field only needed to focus on one to exemplify the horror that some women refugees say they face.
A Jewish comedian is poking fun at “Allah” now, thanks to those Christian “motherf***ers.” On Wednesday, Sarah Silverman’s Hulu show, I Love You, America, released a trailer for its upcoming second season, which begins Sept. 6. In the clip, Silverman addressed her Christian critics by courting Islamic critics. At least one person found it funny: herself.
If Americans can see men like Sen. McCain as both hero and villain, then the same standard should apply to women like Stormy Daniels – or so argues one New York Times opinion writer. The New York Times published an opinion piece Aug. 24 that heralded Stormy Daniels as a “Feminist Hero.” In the story and subsequently on MSNBC, CNN and Cosmopolitan columnist Jill Filipovic credited Daniels’ for an “unanticipated feminist turning point” after the president’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, said he paid Daniels (or Stephanie Clifford) at Trump’s request.
Both the media and liberal billionaire Tom Steyer are preoccupied with the potential for President Donald Trump’s impeachment, according to Fox News hosts and MRC’s Dan Gainor. “Remember going back even before he took office, you had people calling for his impeachment,” Gainor told Fox & Friends on Aug. 27. “The left has been out to get him the whole time.”
Bristol Palin has been a media target for years, due to her mother Sarah’s political profile. One vicious attacker even suggested she should abort one of her unborn children. However, that isn’t stopping her from talking to MTV about what it was like to be a young mom.
Rapper Cardi B may or may not be pro-life, but she just used an major music awards ceremony to send a pro-life message.
Cardi B won awards for “Best New Artist,” “Best Collaboration,” and “Song of the Summer” at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) on Aug. 20. In her remarks, she told critics that working women can pursue their careers and still have a baby.
Comedienne Chelsea Handler is defending Al Franken against sexual allegations by saying, “Me too.” On Sunday, Profile by BuzzFeed News published an interview between host Audie Cornish and Handler. During their time together, Handler staunchly defended former Minnesota senator Al Franken against sexual misconduct accusations because “he’s a comedian,” and, well, she has groped people too.
The majority of young millennial women reject unrestricted abortion, refuse a “feminist” identity, and indicate trust issues with the media – according to a poll by the media. In anticipation of the upcoming midterm elections, CBS and Refinery29 teamed up for a poll concerning young American women’s voting trends and views on certain issues. They began publicizing it August 13. While some media reports of the findings focused more on the political aspects, such as the Trump Administration, the poll revealed much more. Namely, that many young women don’t fit the mold that the media and politicians often assume.
The new Pennsylvania grand jury report detailing reports of Catholic Church sex abuse is horrific. And the twisted coverage by some in the media isn’t making it better. On Thursday, Salon published a piece by politics writer Amanda Marcotte with the headline, “Behind the latest Catholic sex abuse scandal: The church’s problem is male dominance.” According to Marcotte, hiding abusers is consistent with the Catholic push for abortion restrictions. But, as even the grand jury report suggests, abortion aids abusers.
The new trailer for Gosnell teases the horror story of a murderous abortionist and his trial – including scenes of empty media seats in the courtroom. It’s right. I know because I was there. The trial of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell, in which witnesses described baby abortion survivors “swimming" in toilets “to get out,” attracted a mere 12 – 15 reporters (many of whom, I noticed, were local). Only after 56 days did all three broadcast networks report on Gosnell. But the story is about to garner a new wave of attention with GVN Releasing opening the film, Gosnell: The Trial of America's Biggest Serial Killer, to as many as 750 theaters October 12.
Hari Nef’s upcoming film is about young girls surviving in a “social media Trump era.” In an August interview with Vanity Fair, model Hari Nef discussed starring in the film Assassination Nation, which hits theaters this September. The movie is a “modern reimagining of the Salem witch trials,” according to Vanity Fair associate editor Keziah Weir. But Nef offered a more descriptive take on it.
This year, two countries held significant votes on elective abortion. But the networks only covered the aftermath of one of them – the country that voted for abortion. On Aug. 9, Argentina’s Senate voted against a bill that would have permitted elective abortions up to 14 weeks. Nearly three months earlier, on May 25, Irish citizens voted to repeal their country’s ban on elective abortion to clear the pathway for abortion up to 12 weeks.
In an entertainment world that routinely mocks Christianity, one big name actor is using his platform to share his love of God. After starring in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, actor Chris Pratt won “Summer Movie Actor” during the 2018 Teen Choice Awards held Sunday evening. And he used the opportunity to unabashedly praise God to a crowd of teenagers.