The Corner

The Early Word On Last Night’s News

The broadcast networks on Tuesday night, especially ABC and

CBS, framed the Senate vote against partial-birth abortion around the agenda and terminology of abortion proponents, while all but ABC, which did so only vaguely, avoided describing the procedure, and none showed drawings of it — all in stark contrast to FNC’s approach. Dan Rather teased: “Abortion rights take a historic hit from Congress. What do women face?” Jennings and Rather outright refused to utter the phrase “partial-birth abortion.” FNC’s Brit Hume and Major Garrett appeared to be in a parallel universe as

they readily used the term “partial-birth abortion,” avoided the

“abortion rights” phrase as they preferred to describe those

against the Senate vote as “opponents,” and Garrett provided both a detailed description of the procedure and showed drawings of it.

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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