March for Life
The promoters of Saturday's March For Our Lives claimed that 800,000 attended the DC event. No one believes that — except USA Today, which was clinging to that inflated figure Sunday afternoon, well after more sober observers estimated a 75 percent smaller turnout.
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.
Love him or hate him (and most liberal sports media hate him) Tim Tebow’s name always draws attention. Heisman Trophy winner, NCAA national champion, former NFL QB and current minor leaguer with the New York Mets, Tebow is the most famous Christian athlete in America. And his mom has gotten her share of attention too.
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.
New York Times reporter Jeremy Peters covered the annual pro-life march in Washington, D.C. under this petulant headline in the print version: “President Reaches Out To Foes Of Abortion.” (Otherwise known as the annual March for Life.) The paper has traditionally ignored the annual march entirely, while devoting copious space to much smaller left-wing protests like those supporting amnesty for illegal immigrants.
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.
Forty-five years ago, on January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court handed down the infamous Roe v. Wade decision that made abortion on demand the law of the land. Sixty million abortions later, we are still battling over the disastrous ruling, in court and in the culture wars.
For the first time in history, the president is addressing the March for Life live via satellite. But does that mean that the media, who report on his every tweet, will finally give the pro-life marchers – and the millions of unborn they stand for – the coverage they deserve?
Love is the answer to the question of abortion, according to one pro-life organization. On Tuesday, the March for Life Education and Defense Fund held a briefing on Capitol Hill to announce the theme of the 2018 March for Life: “Love Saves Lives.” In an interview with MRC Culture at the event, Jeanne Mancini, the president of the March for Life, stressed that “love is really the DNA of the pro-life movement, not judgement” and that abortion “creates another problem” instead of solving one.
On Saturday morning, MRC Associate Culture Editor Katie Yoder appeared on Fox & Friends: Weekend to discuss the networks’ “media double standard” while covering the case of Charlie Gard. Talking with Fox & Friends host Clayton Morris, Yoder noted that mainstream media has, for the most part, ignored the tragic story of the terminally-ill British infant.