Media discriminates to report on ... 'discrimination'

Monday, April 11, 2016
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Big Three networksA media watchdog group is documenting how mainstream journalists are bashing the religious freedom bills in Mississippi and North Carolina.


"The media sees this issue as there's only one side to it," which is a liberal viewpoint, observes Kyle Drennen of the Media Research Center.

The other side that supports and defends the legislation, he says, is described as bigoted and discriminatory.

According to MRC's research, ABC, NBC, and CBS all have echoed the Left's message that the newly signed laws are a form of discrimination.

The analysis of coverage, MRC found, is that the "big three" news networks "obsessively harped" over Mississippi's religious freedom bill, describing the legislation as "state-sanctioned bigotry."

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed the bill into law last week over protests from homosexual rights groups and warnings from the business community.

Remembering a similar fight last year in Indiana, MRC recalled that the networks devoted 14 minutes in one weekend attacking Gov. Mike Pence, who later backed off that state's bill amid criticism and threats.

On "CNN Tonight," host Don Lemon compared the Mississippi law to anti-interracial marriage laws struck down by the 1967 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Loving v. Virginia.

Closer to home, Mississippi daily newspaper The Clarion-Ledger reported on Gov. Bryant's bill signing with nine quotes reacting to the bill – seven of them negative - in its print edition. The newspaper also published an op-ed and a political cartoon criticizing Bryant and the bill.

In fact, Clarion-Ledger executive editor Sam Hall criticized Bryant in a tweet that claimed the governor had "legalized discrimination in Mississippi."

Responding to tweets from the American Family Association, the newspaper editor wrote that he believes a baker "has the right to refuse service if the baker sees fit, if it's a private business." 

AFA, which praised Bryant's bill signing, argued much the same thing, citing numerous examples of bakers, florists, photographers and others whose religious faith prohibits them from being involved in a same-sex wedding ceremony. 

Drennen says most news stories fail to address concerns of women and girls having to share a bathroom with a biological male, which the North Carolina bill addressed.

North Carolina's lieutenant governor, Dan Forest, addressed that topic on Twitter: 

If our action in keeping men out of women’s bathrooms and showers protected the life of just one child or one woman from being molested or assaulted, then it was worth it. North Carolina will never put a price tag on the value of our children. They are precious and priceless. If a corporation wanting to do business in North Carolina does not see the worth of our children in the same light, then I wish them well as they do business somewhere else.

What the left-wing media typically gives the public, says Drennen, is a "bland statement" that supposedly gives one side of the story, in this case a defense of these newly signed state laws. 

"And then it's an avalanche of sound bites of vitriol just ripping into the states for passing the laws in the first place," he tells OneNewsNow.

American Family Association is the parent organization of American Family News, which includes news website OneNewsNow.

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