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April 3, 2012


In the secular Northwest, a non-partisan citizens’ group outs NPR affliliate’s pro-abortion bias

This story has a bunch of players, so let me introduce them in order of appearance:

A pro-life group, the Vitae Foundation, ran an outreach to pregnant women called YourOptions.

National Public Radio (npr) affiliate KUOW covered the campaign, but failed to talk to the Vitae Foundation while giving air time to Planned Parenthood and pro-abortion talking points against YourOptions.

Vitae complained to a public interest group, The Washington News Council, which held a three hour hearing on the University of Washington campus on March 31st.  Both sides were represented at this public event.

The result was that the non-partisan, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supported Washington News Council upheld the Vitae Foundation complaint on 5 of 6 questions.  The only point in which the npr affiliate was affirmed was, “Did KUOW have any responsibility to provide Vitae Foundation additional on-air coverage after the original news story aired?”  The panel did not find that KUOW had an obligation to do follow-up pieces with Vitae, but,

- found that KUOW did not meet a “journalistic responsibility” to contact the pro-life groups for their side of the dispute;

- affirmed that the npr affiliate had a responsibility to contact both sides in a story about a dispute;

- judged KUOW’s coverage of the pro-life position to be inaccurate;

- criticized the npr coverage for “substantive errors” in need of correction;

- faulted a follow up piece by KUOW for failing to correct the bias and misrepresentations in the original story.

It is frustrating to fight the in-groups and their mutual admiration and protection rackets, but such work is right and it can benefit our neighbors beyond the church.  Kudos to the Washington News Council for seeking objectivity and most of all to the pro-life witnesses for their dedication to God’s work.

Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. (Ephesians 5:11)


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It’s encouraging that the Washington News Council took the position it did. However, in my opinion, KUOW should have given the Vitae Foundation additional air time.

[1] Posted by Nellie on 4-3-2012 at 07:40 PM · [top]

And NPR should recieve no federal or other tax monies.  Let the Democratic Party fund it since NPR operates as its mouthpiece.

[2] Posted by Br. Michael on 4-3-2012 at 08:37 PM · [top]

WHAT!?!?  NPR is biased?!?!  Knock me over with a feather.

[3] Posted by Bill2 on 4-3-2012 at 10:19 PM · [top]

LOL Bill2 (#3).  No surprise at all, but I was gratified that a secular group in a very secular part of the country stood up for some journalistic standards and called npr on the bias and distortion.  That’s what surprised (and gratified) me.

[4] Posted by Timothy Fountain on 4-3-2012 at 10:41 PM · [top]

The “non-partisan Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation”? I dispute that assertion.

[5] Posted by via orthodoxy on 4-4-2012 at 10:45 AM · [top]

via orthodoxy - sorry if that was confusing.  By non-partisan, I meant the Washington News Council.  At their site, it shows that they are recipients of a grant from the Gates’ foundation, which I threw in (note the comma there) to show that the WA News Council can hardly be called a right-wing group (in that sense agreeing w/ you) that the Gates Foundation isn’t one.

[6] Posted by Timothy Fountain on 4-4-2012 at 10:57 AM · [top]

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