Mainstream media largely ignores March for Life despite Trump’s historic address and declaration of Roe v. Wade abortion anniversary as ‘Sanctity of Human Life Day’, but Media Covers Pro-Abortion Women’s March Three Times More Than March for Life despite PALTRY TURNOUT FOR DC WOMEN’S MARCH

[A potpourri of the coverage and non-coverage of the gargantuan March for Life, President Trump’s pro-life actions, and the paltry March for Death]

Mainstream media largely ignores March for Life despite Trump’s historic address

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 22, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The major mainstream media networks’ typical editorial approach of all but ignoring the largest pro-life gathering in the United States was not affected much by the first-ever live stream address of the March for Life by a sitting president on Friday.

Hundreds of thousands of Americans uniting from across the country and beyond in Washington D.C. to give a visible witness for unborn life garnered the same negligible mention from the mainstream press just as they have for nearly all of the 44 years prior.

The “big 3” television networks devoted a combined 2 minutes and 6 seconds of coverage to the 2018 March for Life in their evening news coverage, according to a study from the Media Research Center (MRC).

The networks gave this small amount of coverage despite the large numbers of pro-life Americans converging upon the nation’s Capitol and also President Donald Trump addressing the March for Life live from the Rose Garden.

READ: Trump’s historic speech to March for Life: Abortion is ‘wrong, it has to change’

Those joint 126 seconds came in Friday evening coverage from ABC and NBC. The third network, CBS, aired nothing on the March.

MRC called the amount of time allotted by the networks to the March, “embarrassing.”

“This march made history, as the president addressed the March for Life live via satellite,” the MRC report said. “But that wasn’t enough for the media.”

The announcement two days before the March that Trump would speak via live stream made headlines.

Trump is the first president to directly address the March for Life by live-stream video. Previously, two former Republican presidents had called into the March to give their support – Ronald Reagan in 1987, and George W. Bush in 2003 and 2004. While Trump’s speech got some coverage in a number of media outlets, the March itself remained largely uncovered.

In addition to giving minimal coverage to the March for Life, the networks gave much more to the Women’s March the next day, a report from The Blaze noted.

Another MRC study showed that the pro-abortion Women’s March received three times the coverage from ABC, NBC and CBS than the networks gave the March for Life.

MRC’s 2018 study on March for Life network coverage showed this year’s coverage of the pro-life event from television networks closely matched what they gave in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.

There was a spike in coverage last year when Mike Pence and White House counselor Kellyanne Conway spoke in person at the March for Life – Pence being the first sitting vice president to do so. Last year the networks gave the event 21 minutes, 51 seconds.

USA Today carried Trump’s live stream speech for the March this year, noting the historic aspect of Trump’s address.

The mainstream media remains in a perpetual tiff with the president, with Trump charging media bias against him from a number of outlets rising to the level of “fake news,” and some quarters countering that the president’s charges amount to threats to free speech.

A December report from the MRC showed that major news broadcast reporting on Trump in September, October, and November were hostile to the president.

Pro-life advocates have long decried the media’s ignoring of the March for Life and bias in favor of abortion.

FoxNews.com published a report on Friday that spoke of March history, included remarks from March for Life President Jeanne Mancini and listed some of the speakers and event specifics. The Hill had an op-ed in advance of the March from a pro-life Catholic medical doctor with plans to take part. The Hill covered Trump’s address to the March as well, along with a number of other outlets.

Pro-life, faith-based and other alternative media consistently give the March for Life fitting coverage, and some have reported on the large imbalance in reporting from the major mainstream outlets.

Two years ago, mainstream media at all levels were compelled to give slightly more mention to the 2016 March for Life, as countless busloads of March pilgrims were stranded on the Pennsylvania turnpike traveling home from the March. The magnitude of the storm and degree to which it affected travel captured mainstream media coverage and shed lighton both the March and the pro-life witness of many who were stranded.

The media still tried to play down March attendance with the storm.

Two days before last year’s March for Life during an interview with ABC President Trump called out the mainstream media for failing to cover the March.

Trump declares Roe v. Wade abortion anniversary to be ‘Sanctity of Human Life Day’

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 22, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – President Donald Trump proclaimed Monday, January 22, 2018, “National Sanctity of Human Life Day.” The proclamation comes on the 45th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision that legalized abortion in the U.S. throughout the entire nine months of a mother’s pregnancy.

Trump made the proclamation on Friday, as hundreds of thousands of pro-life pilgrims converged upon Washington D.C. for the annual March for Life.

“Today, we focus our attention on the love and protection each person, born and unborn, deserves regardless of disability, gender, appearance, or ethnicity,” begins Trump’s proclamation.

“Reverence for every human life, one of the values for which our Founding Fathers fought, defines the character of our Nation,” Trump continued in the proclamation. “Today, it moves us to promote the health of pregnant mothers and their unborn children.”

The president remarked how holding human life as sacred involves standing up for the “the weak and the powerless,” and “dispels the notion that our worth depends on the extent to which we are planned for or wanted.”

Trump emphasized that science is on the side of life in the proclamation, mentioning it twice.

“Science continues to support and build the case for life,” he states. “Medical technologies allow us to see images of the unborn children moving their newly formed fingers and toes, yawning, and even smiling.”

“Those images present us with irrefutable evidence that babies are growing within their mothers’ wombs — precious, unique lives, each deserving a future filled with promise and hope,” Trump continued. “We can also now operate on babies in utero to stave off life-threatening diseases. These important medical advances give us an even greater appreciation for the humanity of the unborn.”

The president then added: “Today, citizens throughout our great country are working for the cause of life and fighting for the unborn, driven by love and supported by both science and philosophy.”

Trump praised the pro-life movement in his proclamation for its commitment not only to unborn children, but to mothers of unborn children. He praised healthcare workers who uphold life in their work. He praised legislators who work to create protections on behalf of life.  And he praised those who took part in the March for Life to witness to life.

“These compassionate Americans are volunteers who assist women through difficult pregnancies, facilitate adoptions, and offer hope to those considering or recovering from abortions,” he stated. “They are medical providers who, often at the risk of their livelihood, conscientiously refuse to participate in abortions.”

“And they are legislators who support health and safety standards, informed consent, parental notification, and bans on late-term abortions, when babies can feel pain,” Trump then added. “These undeterred warriors, many of whom travel to Washington, D.C., every year for the March for Life, are changing hearts and saving lives through their passionate defense of and loving care for all human lives.”

Trump’s proclamation also stated that reverence for human life “animates our concern for single moms; the elderly, the infirm, and the disabled; and orphan and foster children,” and “compels us to address” the opioid epidemic and mental health issues.

The reason for National Sanctity of Human Life Day, stated Trump, is “to affirm the truth that all life is sacred, that every person has inherent dignity and worth, and that no class of people should ever be discarded as ‘non-human.’”

President Ronald Reagan proclaimed the first National Sanctity of Human Life Day in 1984, making note that millions of U.S. lives lost to abortion in the 11 years since Roe v. Wade — already by then over tenfold the number of Americans lost in all our Nation’s wars” — was “a tragedy of stunning dimensions that stands in sad contrast to our belief that each life is sacred.”

Reagan called upon Americans to gather in their homes and places of worship on Sunday, January 22, 1984, “to give thanks for the gift of life, and to reaffirm our commitment to the dignity of every human being and the sanctity of each human life.”

Reagan issued the proclamation each year during his eight-year presidency on the Sunday closest to the Roe v. Wade anniversary.

This practice of declaring Sanctity of Human Life Day in conjunction with the annual commemoration of Roe v. Wade has been either continued – or not – every year since Reagan’s 1984 declaration depending on who’s been in the White House.

It was continued every year throughout the administration of Reagan’s successor, George H.W. Bush. Bill Clinton then dropped it during his eight years as president, and George W. Bush then resumed it again for his eight years in office.

Barack Obama did not declare National Sanctity of Human Life Day during the eight years of his administration.

For a second year, the networks are favoring a march supporting abortion and other lefty causes over a march for life.

During their Saturday news shows the first evening of the Women’s March, ABC, CBS and NBC spent a total of 6 minutes, 43 seconds highlighting the event. In comparison, following Friday’s March for Life, the three broadcast networks spent just 2 minutes, 6 seconds on the pro-life rally.

On Saturday, Jan. 20, several cities, including Washington, D.C. and New York City, hosted their second annual Women’s March calling for “Power to the Polls.”

The first Women’s March, held the day after President Trump’s inauguration, aimed to mobilize women to tell the new administration that “women’s rights are human rights.” Except, according the march’s pro-abortion platform and its behavior towards pro-life organizations, “women” doesn’t include all women. That became even clearer when organizers removed pro-life group New Wave Feminists from its partner list last year.

And in the case, when it comes to time, the networks prioritized abortion supporters.

According to organizers, more than 100,000 Americans attended the 45th March for Lifeon Jan. 19. The rally condemns abortion around the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion in the U.S. But while the largest annual march in Washington, D.C. regularly attracts massive crowds, the networks refuse to give them – and the unborn they march for – the coverage they deserve.

Before the main Women’s March event even happened (scheduled for Sunday in Las Vegas), the news shows already covered the Women’s March three times more than the 2018 March for Life.

During Saturday’s Nightly News, NBC dedicated a whopping 2 minutes, 42 seconds to the Women’s March – more than the total the March for Life received Friday night. Anchor José Díaz-Balart remarked how women “took to the streets today, as they did a year ago, to demand equality, justice and social and political change.”

Form there, correspondent Morgan Radford reported on the “army of marchers” in “hundreds of cities” to demand “change in Washington.” She went on to interview Whoopi Goldberg, the founders of the Women’s March and Virginia delegate Kelly Fowler, who ran for office after last year’s march. NBC even played a clip of her young daughter wearing a sign reading, “Trump is mean.”

“An inspiration for millions of women hoping to change the face of politics,” Radford said of Fowler.

CBS followed NBC timewise, with a 2 minute, 2 second segment on the Women’s March during Evening News. Anchor Reena Ninan brought up the “thousands” of marchers who focused on “having their voices heard in November midterm elections.”

Reporter Paula Reid described them as a “sea of pink hats” who, in Washington, D.C., chanted, “Lock him up” of the president. She interviewed Emily’s List president Stephanie Schriock on how her organization, which trains “democratic, pro-choice” women to run for office.

Reid also gave assurance to critics – by interviewing one marcher who claimed everyone was welcome.

“The Women’s March has been criticized for only representing women on one side of the aisle, opposing a Republican president and then pushing for only Democratic candidates,” Reid admitted.

For World News Tonight, ABC spent 1 minutes 59 seconds. Following anchor Tom Llamas’ introduction, correspondent Eva Pilgrim reported on the “hundreds of thousands” of women with “crowds significantly larger this year” with 200,000 in New York. (Though there were certainly fewer in Washington, D.C. – something she didn’t say.)

“This crowd stretches for as far as the eye can see in both directions,” she stressed. “Everyone here marching for change.”

She concluded by saying that the crowd presented “lessons from the past and hope for the future,” and interviewed a marcher who compared the Women’s March to her mother marching in the ‘60s for “abortion rights.”

During their morning and evening news shows for the past five years (2013 – 2017, the broadcast networks have offered fewer than 24 minutes to the March for Life. To put that in perspective, ABC, CBS and NBC spent more than three times that on the Women’s March in 2017 alone, with 1 hour, 15 minutes, 18 seconds.

With their evening shows immediately following the 2018 March for Life on Friday, the networks combined spent a mere 2 minutes, 6 seconds on the pro-life rally. The networks that follow President Trump’s every move couldn’t devote more time to the event making history: for the first time ever, the president addressed the March for Life live via satellite.

Methodology: MRC Culture watched the evening news shows from the three broadcast networks (ABC, CBS and NBC) directly following the March for Life on January 19, 2018. MRCC also watched those same evening news shows from ABC and NBC directly following the Women’s March on January 20, 2018. For CBS, MRCC watched the Women’s March Evening News segment online (only local news aired on east coast). Teasers to segments were not included in the time tally.

PALTRY TURNOUT FOR DC WOMEN’S MARCH

 

by Christine Niles, M.St. (Oxon.), J.D.  •  ChurchMilitant  •  January 20, 2018

A small fraction compared to massive March for Life

WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant) – After months of hype, the pro-abortion D.C. Women’s March turned up a surprisingly small crowd Saturday morning in comparison to the estimated half a million who marched on Washington the day before on behalf of the unborn.

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Feminist holds up image of Our Lady of Guadalupe as vaginaat 2017 D.C. Women’s March

Begun in 2017 and organized by feminist Muslim Linda Sarsour (who favors Sharia law and is accused of covering up sex abuse), last year’s Women’s March gathered a large crowd of angry, anti-Trump protestors donning pink hats and carrying feminist slogans, including “If I wanted the government in my vagina, I’d f*** a senator,” as well as blasphemous, anti-Catholic images.

This year’s Women’s March, held January 20, however, seems to have so far failed to garner a fraction of last year’s number. Video captured by pro-life advocate Lynn Mills late Saturday morning near the Lincoln Memorial, the start of the Women’s March, shows a paltry turnout of abortion activists. Scattered among them are a number of pro-lifers holding up signs and attempting to engage with the feminists.


Live YouTube video of the Lincoln Memorial, whose steps served as the platform for speakers, confirms the sparse gathering as of late Saturday morning, showing handfuls of people milling around the background just before the event kicked off at 11 a.m. ET.

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2 comments on “Mainstream media largely ignores March for Life despite Trump’s historic address and declaration of Roe v. Wade abortion anniversary as ‘Sanctity of Human Life Day’, but Media Covers Pro-Abortion Women’s March Three Times More Than March for Life despite PALTRY TURNOUT FOR DC WOMEN’S MARCH

  1. Obviously, Catholics should begin immediately making reparation for the atrocities committed against Our Lady by these deluded madwomen. Our Lord is outraged by such satanic sin.

  2. Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas, save us. Immaculate Mary, Mother of God, crush the head of Satan. St. Michael the Archangel, thrust him into Hell.

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