On Wednesday, September 28th, the organization “40 Days for Life” commenced its annual campaign to bring pro-life awareness to local citizens.
“…about 100 people turned out for a kickoff event and candlelight vigil for the fall edition of the local 40 Days for Life campaign. Peaceful demonstrations are being held around the clock every day until Nov. 6 in hundreds of American communities and other countries.”
At least 270 other affiliated events are occurring in the United States alone (as of 10-14-2016, according to 40 Days For Life). Here is an interactive a map of other events happening in the United States and throughout the world.
Interestingly, though, approximately six weeks prior this event there was ample television coverage on the local airwaves concerning the closure of Appleton’s Planned Parenthood location due to “safety concerns” for patients and providers.
For instance, check out WBAY Channel 2’s reporting on the subject of the Planned Parenthood closure in Grand Chute, WI in August of 2016. Though they provided pro-life supporters an opportunity to speak on its closing, the primary focus seemed to be from the perspective of pro-abortion proponents.
Consider this historical background on Planned Parenthood and it’s founder Margaret Sanger as published at the Daily Signal. This article has extensive references to Sanger’s words and other academic sources to reference.
…Though the organization downplays the percentage of its business that is abortion related, the facts speak for themselves. As a Heritage Foundation report found, “Planned Parenthood affiliates perform about 20 abortions for every prenatal care visit and about 200 abortions for every adoption referral … ”
The fact that the media frequently chooses to feature prominent coverage of a pro-choice (pro-abortion) issues, but provides virtually zero coverage of pro-life issues such as the “40 Days for Life” event sets forth a perfect example of bias by story selection.
WMCF gives a tip of the hat to the Green Bay Press-Gazette, who did feature a prominent story on the event.
We encourage you to contact our local stations with the buttons below (hyperlinked to their contact pages) to politely voice your concerns about media bias to help bring about positive change in the way that news is covered in our media market.