Alliance for Fair Coverage of Life Issues

Alliance for Fair Coverage of Life Issues

The media are no longer the watchdogs for the American public, but the lapdogs of a liberal agenda committed to the destruction of life. The Alliance for Fair Coverage of Life Issues calls out journalists for their ongoing blackout of pro-life news and demands reporters live up to the standards of journalistic integrity by covering life issues.

The March for Life Media Censorship

The three broadcast networks – ABC, CBS and NBC – have promoted Planned Parenthood, encouraged attendance at the pro-abortion Women’s March, downplayed scandalous abortion videos, while, at the same time, paid little attention to the march and other pro-life events.

In the past four years, the networks have spent just 100 seconds – fewer than two minutes – on the March for Life in the morning and evening news shows directly following the rally.

The March for Life condemns abortion by celebrating human life on or around the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. The largest annual march in Washington, D.C., the event attracts between tens of thousands and hundreds of thousands of marchers.

Last year, tens of thousands of people braved what The Washington Post said was “predicted to be a historic snow storm,” to attend the march. ABC’s Good Morning America made the only mention, following the March, reporting on a “group of high schoolers trying to get back to Kentucky after visiting D.C. for the March for Life.” That one mention amounted to 35 seconds. ABC also made a mention before march, which amounted to 13 seconds.

Journalists consider life important. Just not human life. The three networks dedicated more than nine-and-a-half minutes – 26 times more than they did the march – on the debut of the National Zoo’s panda cub. Journalists don’t care about the unborn, but they care about the newly born if they happen to be adorable animals.

In 2015, only CBS mentioned the march, allotting just 15 seconds. That was only one second for every 13,000 people who put work, school and other obligations aside to travel from as far away as the West Coast. That was only one second for every 3.8 million babies aborted in the last four decades.

In 2014, the networks devoted 46 seconds to the hundreds of thousands marching in Washington, D.C. Yet, ABC, NBC and CBS spent six times that on the National Zoo’s new panda cub and four-and-a-half times that on the Climate March.

Since 2013, the networks have devoted just 100 seconds to the March for Life in following news shows – slightly more than they might have spent broadcasting a couple of burger ads.

This year, ABC, CBS and NBC have no excuse to silence these pro-life voices. The networks heavily promoted the Women’s March on Washington, helping boost its attendance. Federal Planned Parenthood funding may finally be cut. The Trump administration just reinstated the Mexico City rule barring federal funding from overseas organizations that provide or promote abortion. President Donald Trump even promised to appoint a pro-life Supreme Court justice.

This year, the March for Life is more relevant than ever.

This year, it’s time for the networks to stop censoring the news and to tell the truth about the March for Life.

To hold the media accountable on life issues, Alliance for Fair Coverage of Life Issues encourages citizens to contact the network executives listed below to demand coverage of the March for Life and other pro-life issues. Tell @ABC, @CBSNews and @NBCNews to #CovertheMarch on Twitter.

Mr. Steve Burke

(888) 776-0734

President, NBC Universal
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10112

Mr. David Rhodes

(888) 788-1582

President, CBS News
524 W. 57th Street
New York, NY 10019

Mr. James Goldston

(888) 994-8384

President, Disney-ABC Television Group
47 West 66th Street
New York, NY 10023

Outlined below are some important talking points:

  1. Last year, despite tens of thousands of marchers enduring a threatened blizzard, CBS and NBC failed to even mention the March for Life. ABC allotted just 35 seconds, focusing on marchers fighting the storm to get home. This is NOT journalism. This is bias.
  2. Since 2013, ABC, CBS and NBC have spent just 100 seconds covering the March for Life. This year, the media went all out promoting and covering the so-called Women’s March on Washington, which was a blatantly pro-abortion march that excluded pro-life groups.
  3. Ask the media to cover the March for Life fairly and accurately. This includes:
    • Details of the March and its purpose
    • Accurate number of attendees based on march organizer estimates
    • Speakers and their topics – including big names like:
      • Kellyanne Conway, Senior Counselor to President Donald Trump
      • Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York
      • Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA)
    • 2017 March for Life theme: “The Power of One”
    • The pro-life rally and attendees, not the outnumbered minority of abortion supporters. This rally is not about them, it’s about the unborn and the value of life. It’s about our future.

Alliance for Fair Coverage of Life Issues Guidelines

To regain the trust of the American public, Alliance for Fair Coverage of Life Issues urges journalists to adhere to the following guidelines while reporting on life issues:

1. Report on life issues of public interest.

The media have an obligation to report on life, from the unborn to the elderly. That includes videos questioning a taxpayer-funded organization and events like a congressional vote to defund Planned Parenthood.

2. Report on the pro-life movement.

Report on the March for Life and on the movement’s nationwide protests and other pro-life events. Don’t censor voices according to an agenda.

3. Include pro-life voices.

As journalists, remember to include experts who defend life from conception until natural death, regardless of personal ideology.

4. Refuse conflict-of-interest awards.

Reject awards or benefits, as a journalist, from special interest organizations that expect something in return. And they often expect something in return.

5. Don’t Dismiss. Investigate.

Take seriously the claims against abortion organizations like Planned Parenthood. Don’t assume the talking points of one side. Look into health complaints at facilities and report on patients that have been harmed by abortion.

Alliance Partners:

Alliance for Fair Coverage of Life Issues encourages citizens to petition news outlets to show scenes like these to the American public, instead of engaging in censorship:

March for Life 2016:

March for Life 2015:

March for Life 2014:

March for Life 2013: