Abortion and Media Bias: When the Majority Doesn’t Rule

From John Stonestreet at Breakpoint:

Ben Domenech of Real Clear Politics begins a great article by writing, “Obviously the overall story about how Americans view the right to marriage is one of ever increasing majorities. From just a few years ago, when Americans were split on the issue at best, they now have marked majorities in favor of same sex marriage—71 percent according to some polls, 86 percent according to others. The argument has been won, and cultural unanimity is virtually complete.”

Then Domenech reveals his sleight of hand by saying, “Oh, my mistake. It’s actually around half of Americans who favor gay marriage.” The figures Domenech cited are actually related to the percentage of Americans “who support banning abortion after the first trimester (13 weeks), and after the second trimester (28 weeks), respectively.”

Let me repeat that… More than 70 percent of Americans oppose abortion after the first trimester. If your only news is from the mainstream media, you’d never know this. Instead, we continue to hear that Americans are split down the middle on abortion, even though we really aren’t.

Take the media bias in the case of the abortion-rights celebrity du jour, Texas legislator Wendy Davis. Domenech points out that for the last two decades, most Americans have supported a ban on second and third trimester abortions. Yet when Wendy Davis and hordes of pro-abortion supporters shut down the debate over some reasonable abortion restrictions in the Lone Star State—such as a ban after 20 weeks of gestation, which is supported by 62 percent of the voters in Texas—they were hailed as heroes, not as an angry roadblock to progress.

That’s not journalism—it’s rank advocacy.

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