March for Life
Rochester Area Right To Life
The Story That Didn't Get Told
|A local attendee says it was
President Bush's remarks
Media bias on coverage
Here in Rochester, NY, we waited for the newspaper report on the March for Life in Washington, D.C., in January. We knew it was at least as big as the anti-war demonstration a few days earler, which had been splashed on the front page and inside pages with color photographs and interviews with the "man on the street." We hoped the March for Life would be similarly covered by the Democrat and Chronicle, a local Gannett newspaper.
Unfortunately, the newspaper gave it a small article with no pictures, and the basic idea in their article was that the two sides of the abortion issue "faced off" in Washington. Word of mouth says that there were perhaps 100,000 pro-lifers and perhaps 100 pro-abortion-rights people. Some pro-lifers who went reported not even seeing the opposition. However, the newspaper was scrupulous in giving both sides equal space in the article, even with a 1000 to 1 ratio of participants. (Such discrepancy in coverage is just a local phenomenon. See below.)
Since the local newspaper chose not to interview the "man on the street" and also chose not to use pictures, we will tell a bit of the story.
One member of Rochester Area Right to Life who participated told us about the day in Washington. Click to read her story.
"Life, a wonderful choice." Marchers reiterate that it's wonderful to go to Washington and be with so very many people who are not only pro-life but are willing to say so.
"Constitution Ave. was just full," said one marcher. "It was wonderful to see all the young people," said another.
It was very cold, a shock to a visiting Floridian, who reveled in the company of all the marchers, but who has surely decided that his next visit to Washington will be in spring, summer, or fall!
And as for the marcher pictured at the left whose sign says his friends are pro-abortion-rights and abortion procurers, he must be one of those counter-protesters, right? Nope. Look carefully at him. He's Mr. Death. It's worth noting that Death is really our enemy. Not the people who disagree with us and certainly not the women who feel as though they have no choice but to abort. Our cause is Life - life for unborn babies, for their mothers, and for all their families and friends. And hurrah for those people who went to Washington to speak for Life!
|Tim Graham, director of media analysis at
the Media Research Center, comments that the Washington Post, an in-town paper,
handled the two events very differently. He says,
" Media coverage of these two events was starkly different, both in tone and space. The hometown Washington Post started promoting the anti-war rally five days before it occurred. The day after the rally, the Post had three anti-war stories on the front page, and two broadsheet pages inside stuffed with rally news and photographs. (The paper gave another half page to anti-war protests in San Francisco.)
"On Monday, anti-war protesters were still being displayed in front-page photos. By contrast, the March for Life wasn't mentioned until the day of the rallyin passing, on a page stuffed with the concerns of abortion advocates. On Jan. 23, the Post's front page carried pictures of abortion protestersfrom Planned Parenthood's mid-day rally, with a crowd estimated by Reuters at 150. The tens of thousands of pro-lifers were represented on the front page of the Metro section with an angry protester testily pointing a mitten as he told off two college students in front of the Supreme Court building."
Read the rest of the article at www.worldmag.com/world/issue/02-01-03/opening_2.asp
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