The Media Only Told Half the Story

Mollie Hemmingway has been doing some fantastic reporting on media bias in the wake of the controversy involving the Komen foundation and Planned Parenthood. Today at CNN.com, she writes that the media have only told half the story. She writes,

The media bought Planned Parenthood’s public relations campaign hook, line and sinker. Planned Parenthood argued that Komen’s decision to stop funding was “political.” This was the way most media outlets framed the entire story. But logic dictates that it’s not more political to stop funding Planned Parenthood than it is to keep funding it.

We’re talking about the country’s largest abortion provider, an organization that performs 330,000 abortions a year. According to Gallup polls from recent years, about half the American population identifies as pro-life while half identify as pro-choice. If you don’t have a sense for how controversial abortion is, you simply shouldn’t be in journalism.

Planned Parenthood receives nearly half a billion dollars in taxpayer funds, including from Medicaid payments. Along with its political arm, it spent at least $1.7 million on lobbying at the federal level last year. Its political expenditures for the 2012 cycle have swung 100% for Democrats and against Republicans. Its political web site ranks a series of Republicans as “chumps.”

The notion that such a huge partisan player could be characterized as apolitical is laughable.

Read the rest here.

3 Responses to The Media Only Told Half the Story

  1. Don Johnson February 9, 2012 at 11:44 am #

    At least pro-life people will know not to contribute to Komen if they do not want money going to PP.

    • Christiane February 9, 2012 at 11:52 am #

      Komen is finished. In five years, they will not be the organization they are now. They have lost credibility. No one on the right can trust them. And the left? No way will they trust them.

      People in the mainstream . . . the volunteers, the walkers, the canvassers, the contributors, the family members of breast-cancer survivors, the survivors, and those with breast cancer . . . . now they know that Komen can be politically manipulated by both sides. The Komen ‘brand’ is damaged goods. They did it to themselves.

  2. Bob Lewis February 9, 2012 at 3:35 pm #

    What else is new? After 39 years of addressing this issue, children are still being killed in droves. In “clinics” and via Meds. Govt. protects Big Pharma, and Komen is a on Big Pharma’s list of Org.s promoting their agenda.

    When will we wrestle with this issue of Caesar’s legitmate bounds? Every century, the price escalates?

    The 20th Century was willing to pay for 250 Million plus.

    What will the 21st century church be willing to pay?

    Sigh

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