Friday, March 14, 2014

Associated Press called out for bias on abortion issue

At the Federalist, Mollie Hemingway asks if the Associated Press can be trusted to cover the abortion issue fairly while documenting a number of cases of national AP reporters were biased in their coverage.  She discusses a recent article in which prolifers were accused of saying things they didn’t say, the lack of coverage on abortionist Kermit Gosnell, the large amount of coverage given to Susan G. Komen/Planned Parenthood controversy and how prolife legislation is framed.

The Associated Press is a good journalism brand that is being tarnished by shoddy coverage of the pro-life movement even as coverage of pro-choice activists and their arguments could not be more favorable. Let’s hope some higher-ups recognize the need to fix this problem. If there aren’t reporters who can cover both the pro-choice and pro-life movements fairly, perhaps the AP can hire some reporters who can balance out reporters David Crary and Philip Elliott, who seem to be struggling in their efforts to fairly cover pro-life activists and the larger movement. Without better journalism at the national level, it may be difficult to encourage the same in the local bureaus.