Media ignores life, covers non-life

Monday, February 4, 2013
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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 Life.

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.

Philbin, Matt (CMI)"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 participants.

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