The abortion debate is heating up across the U.S. as states pass laws that protect life from its very beginnings. But news outlets weren't keen to report on the topic when liberal governors were advocating for laws permitting infanticide.
unborn children right up till the moment of birth. But Bill D'Agostino of Media Research Center says the Big Three broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) literally ignored the bill's passage – and it wasn't just broadcasters, he recalls.
"Initially in print media there was pretty much no coverage of the bills that effectively amount to infanticide," he tells OneNewsNow.
But earlier this month, the media sang a different tune when Georgia passed a heartbeat bill. Then last week, when Alabama put a ban on abortion into law, the media sang that song again. In fact, says D'Agostino, the networks aired more than two hours' worth of coverage on the Big Three. For example, NBC's Lester Holt reported:
Holt: "The sweeping challenge to abortion rights in this country is picking up traction tonight and rallying activists on both sides."
D'Agostino says "any time there's anything that might add some protections for unborn children, they run around like they've got their hair on fire. They cover it incessantly."
And in their reports on the pro-life laws, the press bandied about terms like "extreme" and "attack" and referred to Roe as being "settled law." The latter, suggests D'Agostino, is akin to code-speak.
"Any time that you hear the media or politicians calling something 'settled,' what that really means is that they don't want to talk about it – and that's certainly the case with Roe," he concludes.