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, 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.

Latest from Katie Yoder

Kids miss class for pop tart’s NBC ‘Education Nation’ concert.

 


Dolphins deserve “personhood” and human babies deserve subsidized killing. At many institutes of “higher learning,” such a position would hardly raise eyebrows. But at an ostensibly Catholic university?

Around 80 college faculty and staff members at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) lent their signatures to a demand in the in the student newspaper that the university continue abortion coverage via its healthcare plan, according to the Cardinal Newman Society. Administrators last month stated that employee health coverage no longer included abortions. 


Taylor Momsen and her band are living up to their name: The Pretty Reckless – though even that’s a tame way of describing their new single’s deal with the devil.  

In the “Going to Hell” lyric video, The Pretty Reckless’ Taylor Momsen screams during a Catholic confession reenactment, “The devil's in me, father, he's inside of everything I do,” and repeatedly gasps, “Gettin’ heavy with the devil, you can hear the wedding bells.” She later clarifies (just in case you didn’t get it), “Gettin’ married to the devil, you can hear the wedding bells.” The American hard rock band released the music video to advertise their new album due early 2014.


Chelsea Clinton is a bit confused. Earlier this year, the former first daughter lamented publicly that her unmarried maternal great-grandparents didn't have the option to legally abort her grandmother back in 1919. Now, Chelsea says that Dorothy Rodham's actual death 92 years later inspired her to have a baby.

In the November 2013 print issue of Glamour, Chelsea Clinton told Glamour's Special Projects Director Genevieve Roth that she and husband Marc Mezvinsky "decided we were going to make 2014 the Year of the Baby." A women's magazine filled with celebrity gossip and fashion, Glamour says it caters to an audience of "our six million girls." Video Below


Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s latest flick, “Don Jon,” asks the question: Which type of movie gives viewers more unrealistic expectations: chick flicks or porn? The fact that “Don Jon” is one of the tamer, more mainstream offerings among this fall’s movie crop goes to show, expectations aside, there’s far less difference between porn and other genres than there used to be.

And we’re in the middle of what may be the porniest movie season ever. Simply put, if graphic, seedy, dysfunctional sex doesn’t sound like a fun night at the movies, there isn’t much for you at the cinema right now. A spate of new Hollywood movies has sex as either the main focus or integral to the plot: sex with minors, porn addiction, sex addiction, graphic gay and lesbian sex – even necrophilia.


The media are finally taking the hint: Kermit Gosnell is a figure worthy of attention.

CNN’s Jake Tapper interviewed Philadelphia Magazine’s Steve Volk on his in-depth correspondence with Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell. Tapper began the dialogue by probing, “so much of his case, who he is, why he did what he did, and how he got away with it for so long, well that all remains a mystery.” “The Monster Speaks” segment aired September 25 on “The Lead with Jake Tapper.”


As thousands gather across the world in a campaign against abortion, one group will likely remain absent: the media. 

September 25 marked the beginning of the fall 2013 40 Days for Life, an international pro-life campaign of prayer and fasting for the unborn and their mothers held in 306 cities this year. The Washington, D.C. chapter held a vigil to raise awareness the night before, hosting as speakers Catholic Information Center’s Director Father Arne Panula and Susan B. Anthony List’s Deputy Director Billy Valentine. No media attended other than the Media Research Center. Video Below


Dare a top newspaper journalist to play connect-the-dots and chances are he’ll fail miserably – at least with drawing the line between Islam and terrorism. In Nairobi, Kenya last weekend, Islamist militants took over a high-end shopping mall and began executing non-Muslims. In Pakistan, Islamist suicide bombers detonated at a Christian Church on Sunday. 

Yet on Monday, September 23, 90 percent of the top ten (via circulation numbers) daily newspapers’ headlines in the United States censored the words “Islam” and Muslim” from Nairobi and Pakistan reports. One – the New York Daily News – didn’t even have a headline for the latest Islamic terrorist attacks. That’s journalism at its finest. 


There’s one key reason a woman chooses to abort her baby: to be a good mom – at least according to Susan Robinson, a third trimester abortionist featured in the documentary film “After Tiller.”

During a HuffPost Live “A World ‘After Tiller’” panel moderated by Nancy Reddhost and producer of the outspokenly liberal HuffPost Live, and featuring “After Tiller” Directors Lana Wilson and Martha Shane, Robinson announced that, “People have abortions because they want to be good mothers and they know that they cannot mother this pregnancy adequately.” Video Below


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. 


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.


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. 


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.