Katie Yoder

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Associate Culture Editor


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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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.



Scientific study to advance the well-being of humans is good – but not when it depends on the destruction of others. On Aug. 7, CNSNews.com, a division of the MRC, revealed that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is obtaining “fresh” aborted baby parts in the name of scientific research – or to create mice with human immune systems. But Americans wouldn’t know that by watching the network news shows that evening.



Abortion is about women’s bodies, according to one actress. Not unborn babies’ bodies. On August 7, Out magazine interviewed Golden Globe award-winning actress Kathleen Turner. The published piece came just hours after her Vulture interview where she spoke about, among other things, Hollywood and President Trump’s handshake. But this time she spoke about Vice President Mike Pence – and abortion.



Media outlets are partnering with the anti-conservative SPLC to discredit ICE. New Jersey's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) spokesman Emilio Karim Dabul is connected to “multiple hate groups,” The Hill’s Emily Birnbaum reported Monday.



Actress Mila Kunis is admitting she didn't know there was an "opposing side" to Planned Parenthood until pro-lifers made donations in her name. On July 30, Kunis spoke on the WTF with Marc Maron podcast. While news outlets foused on her opinion of President Trump, she also commented on Planned Parenthood. Although she admitted she was “impressed” by pro-lifers, she agreed they were “spiteful” – even though she didn’t know they existed until last year.



Hollywood doesn’t just have a problem objectifying women off-screen, according to Hollywood actresses involved with #MeToo. There’s a problem with what they're pressured to do on-screen, too. On Tuesday, actress Evangeline Lilly, who most recently starred in Ant-Man and the Wasp, revealed that in her former role on Lost, she cried and trembled after she was “basically cornered into doing a scene partially naked.” She made her comments about the show, which she acted on from 2004 to 2010, during The Lost Boys podcast. And she’s not alone: other big name actresses have pointed to trauma after similar situations.



Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen once famously said, "There are not 100 people in America who hate the Catholic Church, but millions who hate what they mistakenly think the Catholic Churches teaches." Those people include many in the media. July 25 marked the 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae. The encyclical letter by Pope Paul VI affirmed the dignity human life and recognized birth control as “intrinsically wrong.” It’s worth reading the transformative document for two reasons: it’s brief, and the media regularly distort it.



One actress is embracing feminism because, she says, the movement embraces everyone. Except for conservative and pro-life women, that is. During Unapologetic With Aisha Tyler July 23, a caller asked Oscar-award winning actress Mira Sorvino if a character she formerly played (Romy in Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion) was a feminist. Sorvino took the opportunity to define feminism in the segment – which online media have yet to report on.



When it comes to polling, sometimes the questions reveal more than the answers. On Monday, an NBC/WSJ poll found that 71% of voters support Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the U.S. on a federal level. That should be a surprising number. But it’s not – simply because of the poll’s wording.



Samantha Bee is demanding women take action against a man who could make abortion illegal. Or so she says. On her show Full Frontal July 18, host Samantha Bee ordered women to get “hysterical” over President Trump’s pick for next Supreme Court Justice: federal judge Brett Kavanaugh. She needn’t worry – they already have. But Bee’s fuss over abortion sounds like crying “wolf” after she called pro-lifers “d**kheads” of “toxic bullsh*t” in 2016 – not to mention other abortion outbursts.



At a time when feminist media place utmost importance on careers, Paula Faris is making a revolutionary move: She’s changing roles at ABC to focus on a faith project – and to spend more time with her family. On Wednesday, Faris announced her departure from The View and the weekend edition of Good Morning America for a new position at ABC.



Sex proves God Is a Woman, Ariana Grande and Elle suggest of her upcoming single. Not intelligence, talent, strength, or even love. Nope. It’s sex that empowers women. On Wednesday, Elle magazine announced its August cover star: singer Ariana Grande. Inside, deputy editor Katie Connor spoke with Grande on everything from politics to her upcoming single, God Is a Woman – which is, Connor revealed, about sex.



Women’s magazines aren’t just for fashion and makeup anymore. No. They’re also for abortion. On Monday, President Trump announced his pick for new Supreme Court justice: federal judge Brett Kavanaugh. Writers for women’s magazines from Glamour to Teen Vogue immediately produced stories warning about what the nominee could to do to “your abortion rights.”

 


Comedian Lizz Winstead’s vocabulary to describe Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh consisted of one main word: “F***.” On Monday night, President Trump announced his pick for new Supreme Court justice: federal judge Kavanaugh. The Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead took time out from a Janelle Monae concert to bash the new pick.



An arm of the “world’s biggest news and information provider” is suggesting #MeToo helped the U.S. becoming one of the most dangerous countries in the world for women. That puts it on par with Syria – a country accused by the U.N. of government-endorsed rape.

 


Two of the three broadcast networks ignored a recent Supreme Court decision on abortion where justices sided with the pro-life movement. Compare that to 2016, when all three covered a Supreme Court decision – but justices sided with abortion supporters instead.



ABC didn’t report on the Supreme Court abortion case Wednesday morning. But the network did air footage of abortion protesters – misidentifying them as travel ban protesters.

 


The media are very worried about Justice Kennedy leaving for one main reason: abortion. On Wednesday, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement. The media immediately expressed fury that, with a pro-life judge as replacement, Roe v. Wade might be overturned. The 1973 Supreme Court decision legalized abortion on a federal level in the United States. Overturning it would leave abortion up to the states – but media figures from The New Yorker to Salon warned about abortion vanishing.



After facing challenges in the media, the legal system, and Hollywood, a movie revealing the story of “America’s biggest serial killer” is set to hit theaters. On Tuesday, The Hollywood Reporter (THR) broke the news that distributor GVN Releasing will open a film about infamous Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell to as many as 750 theaters in October. According to the filmmakers, the creation and release of Gosnell: The Trial of America's Biggest Serial Killer hasn’t happened without overcoming hurdles – including in the media.



Comedians aren’t joking about the Supreme Court’s latest decision on abortion and free speech. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court decided that California can’t force pro-life pregnancy centers to advertise abortion. Justices voted 5 – 4 in the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) v. Becerra case that challenged California’s 2015 FACT Act.