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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You knew “safe, legal, and rare” was just talk, right? “On demand and without apology” is the real mantra of the pro-abortion left – even when the “choice” is to weed out baby girls. That the Guardian UK columnist Sarah Ditum recently admitted as much would almost be refreshing if it weren’t so chilling.
In her article “Why Women Have a Right to Sex-Selective Abortion,” Ditum advocated for a woman’s right to “choose” based on a baby’s sex. In certain circumstances, she explained, “a woman wouldn't just be justified in seeking sex-selective abortion; she'd be thoroughly rational to do so.” The Guardian, advertised as the world’s third largest online newspaper, attracts over 12.7 million unique visitors per month from the United States.
With the tide of popular opinion and state law running against them, abortion absolutists are turning to saviors (Wendy “Pink Tennis Shoes” Davis) and martyrs like the one profiled recently on the ultra-feminist liberal site Jezebel.
In an article titled “I Help Women, and I Could Go To Jail for It,” an anonymous author who claimed to be “one of America’s unlicensed, untrained illegal abortionists” told how s/he began an on-the-side career of dealing abortion drugs after receiving “desperate emails” and “desperate pleas” from numerous women.
Already marked by violence, sex, and anti-Catholicism, it was going to take real creativity for “American Horror Story” to achieve shock value this season. What would fit the bill? A witch who kills via vagina, of course.
Taissa Farmiga described her new character, Zoe, in Sept. 20’s Entertainment Weekly, saying, “She’s kind of this sweet girl – except she kills people with her vagina.”
If you were hoping the Miley Cyrus VMAs fiasco reflected a temporary, er, lapse in the singer’s judgment, her new music video, “Wrecking Ball,” should demolish those hopes.
In the video released Monday, the former Disney darling donned a belly-baring top with underpants for a make-out session with a sledgehammer – before stripping naked. The song served as the second promotional single for Cyrus’ latest album “Bangerz,” set for release October 8.
Liberal comedian Bill Maher recently revealed how he worked his way through college: pot dealing – according Bloomberg Businessweek.
In the Sept. 9 issue, Maher admitted, “Selling pot allowed me to get through college and make enough money to start off in comedy.” Maher attended Cornell University to earn an English degree in 1978. The “Business News, Stock Market, & Financial Advice” magazine dedicated a bio page to Maher, now a comedian, producer and host of HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher.”
Ready or not, here it comes: the TV fixation with sexual infidelity. The upcoming shows this fall more than confirm a lust for forbidden love on the screen – or so says The Hollywood Reporter.
The Hollywood Reporter (THR) revealed the trend in a recent article by citing shows such as Showtime’s “The Affair” and HBO’s “Open.” THR’s Lesley Goldberg highlighted the fascination, noting, “Forbidden love seems to be in the air at television networks as infidelity has become the latest theme to sweep development executives off their feet.”
Back to school is an exciting time of year – new classmates, new subjects, new books, new gender and a new court-invented right to use the boys or girls room, depending on how you currently “identify.”
Welcome to the brave new world of “the next civil-rights struggle.” From a California law decreeing that any student has the right to use any gender-specific restroom and play on any gender-specific sports team he or she (or she or he) wants, biology be d**ned, to LGBT activists counseling network honchos on more sensitive TV portrayals, transgender is all the rage among liberals and media types.
The story isn't over for babies who suffered at the hands of abortionist Kermit Gosnell.
The Philadelphia Medical Examiner's Office could retain their bodies for up to 10 years. Protesters on August 26 again called attention to the babies murdered by Gosnell, and noted that city officials may take their time in disposing the bodies. Video Below
If Wendy Davis’ 11-hour filibuster to protect late-term abortion in the Lone Star State wasn’t proof enough of the Texas pro-abortion movement’s desperation, a new video game does the trick.
In “Choice: Texas,” designed by Carly Kocurek and Allyson Whipple and currently in development, players hunt for abortion access in Texas via the “choose-your-own-adventure” technique – and confront obstacles such as geography and healthcare.
Remember “Julia?” She was the 2012 Obama Campaign’s creepy make-believe cartoon woman who was showered cradle to grave with President Obama’s welfare-state largess. In fact, the federal sugar-daddy was so bounteous and (we presume) so emotionally fulfilling that Julia lived, worked, gave birth and grew old without ever meeting a man, let alone marrying one.
That liberal feminist utopia is closer to reality than it’s ever been, much to the delight of The Daily Beast’s Paula Szuchman. Her Aug. 21 article on the site’s “Women in the World” lionized a generation of Julias – single moms who opted for in vitro fertilization and single motherhood.
Rock ‘n’ Roll has always been about rebellion. But now rock’s latest transforms an innocent first kiss into a lesbian make out and even includes throwing babies on the floor. (For reference, please turn to Avril Lavigne’s latest music video).
In the midst of Avril Lavigne’s new “Rock N Roll” video released August 20, the music halted for a make-out session – or, rather, a “first kiss” – between the pop star and “The Wonder Years” actress Danica McKellar. When their alcoholic dog dies in a car crash, the two weep in remembrance that “no one could lick his own balls quite like he could” and console one another by embracing.
It turns out “comedy” does have limits, as Russell Simmons discovered when he allowed the outrageous “Harriet Tubman Sex Tape” to be posted to his YouTube channel.
Simmons, founder of hip-hop label Def Jam, published a “Harriet Tubman Sex Tape” parody to his “All Def Digital” YouTube channel Aug. 14. The disturbing video showed an actress playing Tubman, the historic former slave turned Underground Railroad pioneer, engaging in sex with her white slave master in front of a hidden camera.
Forget traditional sleepovers full of facials and chick flicks, sexual sleepovers are the latest fad – or so The Huffington Post Blog says.
The Huffington Post’s Soraya Chemaly asked parents in her latest article, “How Do You Feel About Sex and Teenage Sleepovers?” She argued that parents should encourage them, unless they “just like porn and think it's a fine substitute.” Chemaly schemed, “Why would you create a situation where your children are forced to hide, sneak around, be dishonest, be uncomfortable, take unnecessary risks and make uninformed decisions about their physical and emotional health?”
Another MSNBC host, another rote regurgitation of liberal conventional wisdom. This time, it was Alex Wagner, announcing that arguments about fetal pain have nothing to do with the protection of the most vulnerable. Instead, they’re all about making it “harder and harder and harder” for women.
MSNBC host Alex Wagner introduced the segment on the “pseudo science” of fetal pain at 20 weeks on August 14 during “NOW with Alex Wagner,” and voiced anger at laws (such as in Texas) based on the “theory.” Wagner clarified, “We know that this isn’t really of course about fetal pain. It isn’t really even about, I mean, I would say, the protection of life. It’s about a concerted effort to roll back reproductive rights and make it harder and harder and harder for women to exercise control over their own bodies.” Video Below
Marriage is anything but traditional – at least according to 'America’s Next Top Model’s' latest episode.
On The CW’s new show last Friday, model contestants posed for wedding photo shoots galore from nudist, shotgun, lesbian, and biker “marriages” to gay, objectophilia (in this case, exchanging vows with a TV), polygamous, and hip-hop unions. The show entitled, “The Girl Who Gets Married Again,” appeared to cover all bases in the wedding department – except for a traditional one (but, hey, that would scream boring, right?)
If you’ve noticed the pro-life side of the abortion debate receives little or no attention when the networks report on the abortion issue, you’re not alone. On Aug. 8, demonstrators and pro-life speakers gathered outside ABC News’ Washington, D.C. office to demand fair coverage of abortion by the networks on August 8. The “Life March on the Media Rally” was hosted by pro-life advocacy group Live Action.
During the event, Live Action President Lila Rose called for a “180 in reporting” on abortion, the “most important human rights abuse of our day.” Rose cited the lack of coverage the issue receives, saying, “Part of the desire to not cover it or to only cover the pro-abortion side is because there’s an intuitive understanding there. When you tell the truth about what abortion does to a baby, people get upset.” She continued, “And that’s the very news that is, in a way, the most important news for ABC and the other groups to censor.” Video below:
Parents can hardly criticize New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner for his latest sexting escapade when their teens commit the same deed (and have done so for years) – or so says The Daily Beast.
The Daily Beast’s Lizzie Crocker agonized over the conundrum, asking, “In the wake of Anthony Weiner's latest sexting scandal, one question has emerged that’s particularly tough to answer: How can parents explain to their kids that Weiner was wrong, when your typical Snapchatting teen has likely been sexting for years?” The Daily Beast, a liberal reporting and opinion news site, published the article entitled “If Sexting Is So Wrong, Why Does It Feel So Good?”
Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres will host the 86th Academy Awards next year on March 2, 2014. The pick is a natural fit. DeGeneres is popular, likeable and experienced, having previously hosted the ceremony in 2007.
But more important, her presence will appease women and gays while dousing the Academy’s reputation as “an old white man’s club.” And that’s not the opinion of some stodgy conservative group – it comes right from The Hollywood Reporter’s awards analyst.
Wendy Davis, the Democratic state senator from Texas who attracted fawning national media attention after she filibustered a Republican-led bill banning abortion after 20 weeks, received a standing ovation after speaking at a National Press Club-sponsored luncheon today.
Davis promised to run for either her state senate seat or governor in the 2014 Texas state elections. Video below:
Pope Francis is learning the hard way about the media’s predilection for hearing – and reporting – only what they want. First, they twisted his unremarkable restatement of Catholic doctrine on homosexuality into headlines like “POPE OK WITH GAYS.”
Now, journalists are angry about Francis’ unremarkable restatement of Catholic doctrine refuting liberal calls for women priests, and ignoring what Francis had to say about the real importance of women to the faith and in the life of the Church.