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, feminism, entertainment and religion, with a special focus on abortion. Katie has covered life issues from the March for Life and the trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell to the videos exposing Planned Parenthood's harvesting of baby parts. Her work has received attention from numerous media outlets including Fox News, The Washington 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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While many big name celebrities regularly champion abortion, one reality TV star is calling pregnancy the “most beautiful, empowering, and life changing experience I’ve had in my entire life.”
Women in the media are more likely to garner praise depending on what channel they work for, one film critic’s story seems to suggest. On Thursday, Los Angeles magazine published a story on “How Women Have Helped MSNBC Tip the Cable-News Ratings Scales.” Film critic Steve Erickson praised the women of MSNBC and the “growing feminism” at the network. But as he applauded the network for surpassing Fox News, he ignored a few key details.
The liberal media are all for tolerance – but all bets are off when op-ed columnists question adherence to abortion. On Thursday, The New York Times published op-ed columnist David Brook’s “Abortion Memo.” In his “imaginary” memo on “late-term abortions,” a Democratic consultant advised Democratic leaders to end the party’s obsession over abortion.
An abortion provider is arguing that it’s “unlikely” unborn babies feel pain “until birth” – and NBC is loving it. On Tuesday, NBC News Health published a story fawning over an abortionist who “just explained late-term abortion” via Twitter. And by “explain,” NBC meant that he argued why it should remain legal.
What on earth is wrong with people? Instead of celebrating an adoptive couple’s touching story, highlighted at the State of the Union, some media began a rumor that the parents coerced one mother to hand them her child. And, as they bashed the president for not saying more, they themselves left out key details.
The left, that claims to stand for all women, only supports the women who agree with its agenda, according to one New York Times opinion writer. On Monday, a New York Times piece slammed the “slut-shaming” of Nikki Haley. Staff editor and writer Bari Weiss defended the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations after a rumor spread that she was involved in an extramarital affair with the president.
Nikki Haley recently criticized a book that started rumors about an affair between her and the president. But she’s the one who needs “integrity,” according to ABC’s chief political analyst.
As national media outlets report that the U.S. Senate rejected a 20-week abortion ban, many are overlooking the full reaction from pro-life, conservative leaders. On Monday, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S. 2311) failed to advance in the Senate with a 51 to 46 vote. Supported by President Trump and sponsored by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), the bill banning abortion after five months of pregnancy needed 60 votes to break a Democratic filibuster.
Pro-life women have long felt excluded by the Women’s March, which claims to stand for all women. Now, their concerns are being voiced on an unlikely show: The View. According to one co-host, the march supporting abortion leaves pro-life women, like herself, feeling “left out.”
A former gymnast is offering forgiveness for the unspeakable crimes Larry Nassar has been convicted of – and she’s being recognized by the media for it. On Wednesday, Rachael Denhollander was the last of 156 victims to make a statement against a now-sentenced sexual abuser, former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar. And her powerful message, one of grace and courage, is making waves in the national media.
A former abortion worker is sharing her testimony, from storing aborted babies in milk jugs to learning to sleep in the dark again, in order to tell others like her: “get out.” Her story focuses on one of the most-underreported major crimes in years.
As the news breaks that Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards is reportedly stepping down from her position, many in the media took the opportunity to celebrate her legacy – and to hope that she runs for office. On Wednesday, sources revealed to Buzzfeed that Richards plans to leave Planned Parenthood after serving as president since 2006. In reaction to the report, media outlets from Jezebel to Elle magazine praised Richard’s and hoped her departure meant a future career in politics.
As the media race to share the news that Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards is reportedly stepping down, only conservative outlets appear to be including the pro-life reaction. On Wednesday, after sources revealed to Buzzfeed that Richards plans to leave Planned Parenthood after serving as president since 2006, pro-life leaders released statements to the press. They noted the “trail of misery” “this most devoted practitioner” of abortion leaves.
A teenage mother who made nationals headlines last year is speaking out to those who, like her, faced unplanned pregnancies. On Friday, MRC Culture spoke with Maddi Runkles at the 45th March for Life held in Washington. Maddi attracted nationwide attention after The New York Times highlighted her story last May.
The ties between the media and the abortion industry go deep. For proof, look no further than the 280 awards Planned Parenthood has bestowed upon the media – including 10 this year. On Monday, America’s largest abortion provider handed out “Media Excellence Awards” to 10 journalists and outlets that promote or defend its agenda. Planned Parenthood admitted on Twitter that it chose the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court case that legalized abortion in the U.S., on purpose to celebrate “journalists, outlets & activists who are committed to advancing the cause of reproductive health, rights & freedom.”
The pro-life movement is a movement full of youth -- but don’t expect to hear that from the networks. ABC, CBS and NBC hardly blinked an eye at the young people attending the 2018 March for Life, during their sparse coverage of the event. That’s why, on Friday, MRC Culture asked pro-life youth from across the country why they call themselves pro-life. They came from states including Colorado, Louisiana, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia.
Time is everything, especially when it comes to understanding the media’s priorities. At the end of January, there were two marches the same weekend both claiming to stand for women. But the network coverage was anything but similar.
For a second year, the networks are favoring a march supporting abortion and other lefty causes over a march for life. During their Saturday news shows the first evening of the Women’s March, ABC, CBS and NBC spent a total of 6 minutes, 43 seconds highlighting the event. In comparison, following Friday’s March for Life, the three broadcast networks spent just 2 minutes, 6 seconds on the pro-life rally.
2 minutes, 6 seconds. That’s how much time the networks spent on more than 100,000 marchers this Friday. That’s how much time the networks gave an event where President Trump spoke. That’s how much time the networks gave a rally remembering 60 million unborn who perished through abortion.
On Friday, more than 100,000 Americans are expected to march in the nation’s capital to celebrate life and condemn abortion. While the networks often overlook the March for Life, it exemplifies the strength and youth of the pro-life movement – something one leader wants the Canadian prime minister to grasp.