It has been two weeks since the release of Americans United for Life’s exposé of Planned Parenthood and a week since their press conference on Capitol Hill featuring Reps. Renee Ellmers, Randy Hultgren, and Chris Smith. Still, the mainstream media continue to largely ignore the report, which has received considerable coverage from conservative, Christian, and pro-life media outlets. Politico, The Hill, and U.S. News and World Report are about the only mainstream media sources to have even mentioned the exposé. The fact that Planned Parenthood has not even posted their response on their website is evidence that they are confident that their allies in the mainstream media will cover for them.
In contrast, the mainstream media has spilled enormous quantities of ink critically covering the presidential candidate pledges offered by various conservative groups. The Atlantic, The New Republic, the Washington Post, The Atlantic, CNN.com, and Reuters are among the media outlets which have negatively covered the Susan B. Anthony List’s “Pro-Life Citizens Pledge” and the Family Leader’s 14 Point Marriage Vow.
This situation is unfortunate. In the face of credible accusations of criminal misconduct against Planned Parenthood, it appears that the top priority of the mainstream media is keeping Americans safe from presidential candidate pledges.
— Michael J. New is an assistant professor at the University of Alabama and a fellow at the Witherspoon Institute.