Sarah Stites

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As a writer and research analyst for MRC Culture, Sarah Stites reports on faith, entertainment and LGBT issues. Ever since ADF represented her in a religious liberty case, she has been passionate about defending first amendment freedoms. Prior to MRC, she interned at the U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Management Partners.

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Commencement addresses from presidents and vice presidents are newsworthy, but what the networks choose to focus on differs wildly based upon whether the individual is liberal or conservative. Despite the controversy surrounding President Obama’s commencement speech at Notre Dame University in 2009, the nets focused heavily on the content of his remarks. Not so for Vice President Mike Pence, who delivered this year’s May 21, keynote. While ABC correspondent Amy Robach briefly mentioned the subject he discussed – the suppression of free speech on campus – the other networks focused solely on the dozens of students who walked out of the address in protest.



The pro-choice movement is often illogical. Here are ten examples of the irony that abounds among its proponents. After liberal director Joss Whedon (famous for Buffy The Vampire Slayer, among others) produced the short pro-Planned Parenthood film “Unlocked,” the abortion provider encouraged girls to “Watch. Share. Slay.” The use of the millennial lingo “slay” was gruesomely fitting, yet the irony was lost on the organization. 



When Brandon Bartlett — a philosophy student at Cal Poly Sal Luis Obispo — authored an opinion piece for Mustang News, he simply wanted to make students think. After all, his concluding sentence proclaimed the agreeable entreaty: “Debate on, my friends!” But the subject he addressed was an increasingly undebatable one: homosexuality. And the backlash was immediate and intense.



A CBS comedy called Mom is donating the hefty sum of $250,000 to Planned Parenthood. Ironic? Star Allison Janney doesn’t think so. 



When a seemingly inclusive Yale educator revealed her true colors online, the Washington Post ran the story. But most left-leaning media outlets were notably silent. After all, liberals who condemn “white trash” are pretty embarrassing to the progressive movement. 



Hollywood director and outspoken progressive Joss Whedon is using his film talents to keep the nation’s largest abortion provider in business, ironically calling anyone who would shut it down “inhuman.” 



On Sunday, famous Christian “mommy blogger” Glennon Doyle Melton — catapulted to fame through her writings on the messiness of marriage and motherhood — tied the knot with a woman. Although the union received considerable press coverage, few prominent outlets noted the effect this controversial decision would make on Melton’s three children. 



In a classic case of bias by omission, the networks ignored the story of a woman who attacked the car of a GOP politician for his AHCA vote. On May 8, Tennessee resident Wendi Wright tailed Rep. David Kustoff (R-TN) and his aide after they left a meeting at the University of Tennessee. When it seemed like she would force the pair off the road, the politician pulled into a driveway, where Wright banged on his car windows and blocked his car from leaving.



Although Lena Dunham is no fan of Kellyanne Conway, she’s not here for digs at the presidential counselor’s appearance. In a series of tweets posted Sunday morning, the liberal writer/producer expressed the view that commenting on women’s looks doesn’t advance the conversation. 



Moms wear so many hats, but there’s a quality they all share: strength. In their Mother’s Day ads, two brands heartwarmingly highlighted this trait. 



On Thursday, at the World Summit for the Defense of Persecuted Christians, Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) warned of the growing threat to religious liberty worldwide and the lack of government and media action taken to confront it. Hosted by The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Lankford joined global politicians, faith leaders and victims of persecution in the first-ever international summit to address the most pressing issues facing Christians abroad. In a press conference, the senator stressed the importance of awareness, calling the media’s reticence to use the word genocide “very disheartening.”



According to radical feminist Gloria Steinem, women will never be “fully equal” to men unless they have abortion rights. Oh, and the patriarchy’s to blame for climate change too. In an interview with Refinery29 writer Lindsey Stanberry, Steinem shared thoughts on feminism, and unsurprisingly, everything came back to female reproductive rights. 



On Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence condemned the horrifying “atrocities” committed against Christians “under siege” worldwide by “radical Islamic terrorists” as “genocide.” But will the broadcast networks report his comments – and, if so, will they finally use the word “genocide” themselves?



After telling Vanity Fair last November that he wouldn’t “rule out” a presidential run, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is getting a bit more serious about the idea. In an extended interview with GQ writer Caity Weaver, America’s highest-paid actor said that running was a “real possibility.” Ultimately, he sees it as a great opportunity to help people. He’s a proud American too, so passionate about the troops that he hosted a large holiday event last Christmas to honor them. 



When describing the relationship between celebrities and former FBI Director James Comey, the answer is: it’s complicated. On Tuesday evening, President Trump shocked the nation by firing the Bureau leader after a recommendation from the Attorney General and Deputy AG. Yet, many celebrities pointed out the suspicious timing of the termination, noting that Trump is currently under FBI investigation. 



Conservative actors in Hollywood are few and far between. Although some are afraid to express their political views for fear of ostracism, Antonio Sabato Jr. is not one of them. On Monday, GOP Strategist Charles Moran confirmed the news that Sabato will challenge Democratic incumbent Julia Brownley for a seat in California’s 26th congressional district. His platform will focus on veterans and substance abuse. 



Leave it to Lena Dunham to make weight loss political. After US Weekly used her photo in a story about “20 Slimdown Diet Tips Stars Are Using,” the liberal actress and writer—a noted critic of body-shaming and dieting—responded with some characteristic political snark. 



Incest. Prostitution. Brainless beauty. Liberal media people have accused the most prominent women in the Trump administration of these and more. Yet, hypocritically, feminists have been slow to defend Kellyanne Conway, Ivanka and Melania Trump against these blatantly sexist attacks. 



Ivanka Trump’s new book – Women Who Work – came out on May 2, and media responses have been virulently critical, overtly political, or both. The New Yorker’s Jia Tolentino labelled the read a “painfully oblivious book for basically no one,” while New York Times’ Jennifer Senior called it a “strawberry milkshake of inspirational quotes.” Here, we've collected some of the harshest Twitter reactions from feminist and liberal writers. 



As devastating as Egypt’s Palm Sunday bombings were, the country’s Coptic Christian community is bracing for further violence to come. On Friday morning, Newsweek reported that an ISIS leader had ominously cautioned Muslims to stay away from Egyptian Christian meetings.