By Tom Quiner

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Two parents screamed bloody murder when Roosevelt High School agreed to let Martin Luther King’s niece speak.
The principal caved and disinvited Dr. Alveda King from speaking, denying students at my alma mater from hearing a pro life message. This all took place a few years ago.
The Des Moines Register gave it huge coverage. All it took was two liberal parents to suppress the free speech of one side of a debate and garner huge news coverage.
I’ve seen the Des Moines Register cover protests where there are only five or ten people protesting some liberal cause.
In fairness, the Register has published a number of my essays on a variety of pro life subjects, which I sincerely appreciate. However, their news reporting on pro life events is usually pretty sketchy.
I was pleasantly surprised by the coverage they gave the March for Life in the morning’s paper. They ran a piece written by the U.S. Today which  covered the top third of page four. The coverage was by and large good, except for two things.
First, they described the crowd as “thousands.” It should have been hundreds of thousands.
Secondly, rather than using a photograph that shows the true size of the vast crowd, they used a close up photo with a human abortion agitator as the focal point. The photo suggests equal representation between the opposing group, which there was not. I have posted the photo above.
The media is hardwired to slant coverage of pro life events, even if it is subtle.

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  1. lburleso on January 23, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    I saw that this morning also and went through the same emotions. After digging, at first I was surprised, then quickly disappointed for the same reasons.
    But I would not call the slant “subtle”. The photo, with half of its space taken up by a pro-abort sign, is a blatant distortion of truth. It’s so contrary to the story that one has to wonder if they mixed up their stock.
    Then again, I hardly expect anything different from the Register.

    • quinersdiner on January 23, 2014 at 12:07 pm

      You’re right, that wasn’t very subtle.

  2. karenzai on January 23, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    This makes me sad. I’ve been looking up March for Life coverage too, and I keep seeing “thousands”. May I suggest posting on your blog a photo that shows the stupendous crowd for contrast?
    I also wanted to share this recent piece on putting an end to abortion euphemisms; may it also encourage you: http://karenwriteshere.com/2014/01/23/enough-with-the-endless-abortion-euphemisms/

    • quinersdiner on January 23, 2014 at 12:17 pm

      Check out a post I put up yesterday, Karen. It includes a pretty good photo. I’ll be putting up more later today. I look forward to reading your list. Thanks for writing.

  3. Shawn Pavlik on January 24, 2014 at 8:57 am

    One wonders how NOW feels about China’s “one-child” policy, where women are basically FORCED to get abortions, and often choose abortion when they find out their first child is female.

    • quinersdiner on January 24, 2014 at 9:18 am

      They’d rather they’d abort the boys. Human life is just as disposable to them as the Chinese government.

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