By Tom Quiner
Six-hundred thousand people converge in bitter cold weather in the nation’s capital to protest an issue.
They swarm into Washington DC by the busload from every corner of America.
The event is characterized by its disproportionate make-up of youthful protestors, signifying that is a movement that’s going to be around for a long time.
Is this newsworthy?
Let’s say they were protesting Wall Street.
Let’s say they were protesting gun ownership.
Let’s say they crying out for gay rights.
Would NBC, ABC, and CBS provide the event with coverage?
Does the Pope pray?
Of course they would. It would be huge news. The lead up and the aftermath would receive ongoing coverage, just as every liberal protest movement receives lavish and loving coverage.
At last week’s March for Life, the three networks noted above doled out all of 17 seconds — collectively — on the growing March for Life.
At the same time, they devoted close to two-and-a-half hours to the Manti Te’o fantasy football story of a fictional girlfriend.
The networks know the March for Life is news, but they choose to ignore it, for all practical purposes.
They fear it. Nine out of ten journalists admit they’re liberal.
Objectivity is no longer the cornerstone of journalism. If the networks were objective, they’d provide this event more substantial coverage on the 40th anniversary of Roe v Wade.
Think about it.
No Supreme Court decision in my lifetime has affected this country more than Roe v Wade. The 40th anniversary is a huge milestone.
The ripple effects of this decision are staggering.
No decision has ripped a nation more asunder than this one.
The nation is divided. And yet it is not considered news to the networks. They know that if they let too many people see the swarming army of praying people, the pro abortion side will lose adherents even faster.
A national audience that sees these normal folks peacefully standing up for the human rights and the human dignity of the little guy is going to attract more followers. These pro lifers are nice folks. They’re not the angry, screaming mob associated with liberal causes.
The media knows that they have the power to accelerate the cause of human rights if they were to devote as much coverage to the March for Life as they did to, let’s say, the Occupy Wall Street nut cases.
That is their fear.
That is why they ignore the March for Life.