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David Shaw, Rip

David Shaw, a well-regarded media reporter for the Los Angeles Times, died yesterday at 62 from a brain tumor. As Bill Powers of National Journal just explained, Shaw’s 1990 series on media coverage of abortion was remarkable in its candor and according to Powers, influential across the media. (I’m not too sure about that, although the media did largely drop “pro-choice” in that era and switch to “abortion rights” lingo. But is the media less biased on abortion? They probably do fewer stories today, as on many political topics. But when it comes up, the tilt is the same.) Powers recommends re-reading Shaw’s findings on abortion. We did a summary at the time that you can find here.

Tim GrahamTim Graham is Director of Media Analysis at the Media Research Center, where he began in 1989, and has served there with the exception of 2001 and 2002, when served ...

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