MRC: Compliant media kowtowing to PP

Thursday, July 30, 2015
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In response to the Planned Parenthood baby-part trafficking scandal, the nation's largest abortion-provider has gone on the offensive, telling reporters not to air the undercover videos that have been released.

Thus far, the Center for Medical Progress has released three undercover videos it says prove Planned Parenthood has been involved in illegally harvesting, then selling for profit, body parts of aborted babies. But a court in Los Angeles issued a temporary restraining order yesterday preventing the Center from releasing more undercover videos.

Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood has hired a crisis PR firm to handle the scandal. That firm sent out a letter to local and regional news reporters telling them not to air the videos – and they complied. In reaction, Media Research Center has blasted the media for "obediently taking marching orders" from the abortion provider.

MRC's Katie Yoder says in the letter, Planned Parenthood is actually trying to get the media to investigate the group that made the videos.


"They're trying to take the blame from themselves and then put it on this organization that is exposing them," Yoder tells OneNewsNow. "So they're kind of distracting the media from what they should really be looking into. They're distracting the media from the real story here, and that's Planned Parenthood's horrific actions."

Yoder argues that the media's response to the letter makes them just as guilty as Planned Parenthood. "They're covering up the story of little babies being torn apart, so the media are to blame in this also for their silence. And the journalists [who are] hiding this? They're losing credibility."

'Cecil' more important

Yoder says it appears the media, especially the broadcast TV networks, are covering the Planned Parenthood story less as the scandal gets worse. In fact, according to MRC, the "big three" (ABC, CBS, and NBC) have spent more time covering the killing of "Cecil the Lion" in Zimbabwe by an American dentist.

"[We found] 14 minutes over 24 hours for the lion – and then for over two weeks, only 11 minutes and 13 seconds for the Planned Parenthood videos," Yoder reports. (See related MRC report)

Big Three networksThose figures, she explains, tell the public all they need to know about the media's priorities.

"It's sickening how the media has so much sympathy for the death of one lion that they cover it more in one day than they cover the tearing apart of babies [across a period of] two weeks," she laments. "It's a horrible comparison. I'm not saying that I approve of lion killing, but I am saying that if you care about lions, how much more so should you care about little babies?"

According to Yoder, as of Wednesday the broadcast TV networks hadn't even covered the story of the third undercover video that was released on Tuesday morning.

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