Nets Decry Planned Parenthood’s ‘Major Setback’ in Senate Vote

March 31st, 2017 12:28 PM

Whether it’s in their phrasing or omissions, the networks aren’t backing down in their defense of America’s largest abortion provider.

On Thursday, the U.S. Senate passed a bill empowering states to halt hundreds of millions in Title X federal funding from Planned Parenthood and other organizations that perform abortions. In their reporting, the anchors saw the development from the abortion giant’s perspective: a “major setback.”

After two Republicans, Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Susan Collins (R-ME) sided against the measure with Democrats, Vice President Mike Pence cast the tie-breaking vote.

Among the broadcast networks, ABC and NBC reported first on the Senate vote in their news shows.

During World News Tonight Thursday, ABC anchor David Muir called the vote a “major setback tonight for Planned Parenthood and abortion-rights advocates” that will affect not only Planned Parenthood but also “healthcare centers.”

Imagine if he had reversed his wording from a “major setback tonight for Planned Parenthood” to say a “major advancement tonight for the pro-life movement.” But such phrasing doesn’t exist in today’s liberal news-speak.

That same night, for NBC Nightly News, co-anchor Lester Holt also noted the “extremely close vote” on the “anti-abortion measure.” (Perhaps describing the measure instead as “against government funding for organizations that go against the conscience of Americans who say abortion destroys the unborn” would take too long.)

“The bill would permit conservative-leaning states to reinstate policies that block Planned Parenthood clinics and other providers from getting federal funding,” he continued. “Other providers,” he didn’t say, that perform abortion like Planned Parenthood.

A step behind, CBS didn’t report the news until Friday.

During This Morning, CBS co-anchor Gayle King reported on the “bill allowing states to deny federal family planning money to Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.”

“The president is expected to sign it,” she concluded. “There is already a ban on using federal funds for abortions.”

While federal funding for abortion is generally prohibited, the King failed to address the argument money is fungible, or that Planned Parenthood could offset costs with public funds to free up other resources for abortion. Another point highlighted by pro-life groups.