The major broadcast networks gave literally seconds of coverage
to last month's annual pro-life march in Washington, DC -- but more
than 500 times that amount to an imaginary woman.
A new study from the Media Research Center shows the three major
broadcast networks gave overwhelmingly more coverage to Manti
Te'o's fake dead girlfriend than given to more than half a million
real people who attended the March for Life in Washington, DC. The study from MRC finds ABC, NBC, and CBS
devoted close to two-and-a-half hours (147.7 minutes) to the Notre
Dame linebacker's drama -- but a mere 17 seconds to the March for
According to Matt Philbin, managing editor of MRC's Culture and Media
Institute, that amounts to 521 times more coverage for someone
who never really existed.
"This is basically
censorship. They tell the story they want to tell; they don't tell
something that's inconvenient," he shares. "And what could be more
inconvenient to liberal news media than 500,000 to 700,000 people
protesting one of the worst [court] decisions that we've ever had
in the United States?"
NBC's Willie Geist called the Te'o account "so compelling" and
ABC's George Stephanopoulos described it as "that bizarre love
story." But Philbin said neither dedicated even a second for those
marching to prevent another 55 million babies from dying in the
next 40 years after Roe v. Wade.
The MRC spokesman also points out the other reporting methods
some newspapers chose to pursue. "The New York Times
couched it all in gun control, saying that some Catholic bishops
are asking why people who call themselves 'pro-life' aren't
speaking out for gun control."
Philbin notes CBS and ABC did, however, report on a gun-control
rally that took place in Washington, DC, the day after the March
for Life. That particular event attracted a few hundred