Snowy snub: Media gives cold shoulder to already-cold pro-lifers

Snowy snub: Media gives cold shoulder to already-cold pro-lifers

People participating in the March for Life walk up Independence Avenue toward the Supreme Court, Friday, Jan. 19, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Snowy snub: Media gives cold shoulder to already-cold pro-lifers

Pro-lifers gathered in Washington, DC, recently for the annual March for Life – and as it has done so often before, the media paid almost no attention.

Tens of thousands of pro-lifers braved the cold and ice Friday to attend the 51st annual March for Life (see image above). It was the second time the march had been held since Roe v. Wade was overturned. But while the Left is doing all it can to ensure the "right" to abortion will be a major issue in the upcoming elections, Curtis Houck of Media Research Center says this year's March for Life was a non-event for most of the mainstream media.

"There wasn't any coverage on the broadcast networks, which stands in contrast to last year's when there was 6 minutes and 52 seconds on Friday night and Saturday morning," he tells AFN.

Last year, of course, was the 50th march and Houck says the broadcast networks were still buzzing about the Dobbs decision overturning Roe v. Wade. As Houck points out, that media coverage was a blip on the screen compared to past years.

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"The March for Life coverage that we saw this year was a reversion to many years we saw in the past prior to the Trump election where the broadcast networks offered little or no coverage," he states.

Not that the mainstream media has lost its attention on abortion. The 2024 elections are in November and Democrats think they can ride this issue all the way to the White House. Houck sees the bias clearly.

"From my perspective, the media are more than willing to do anything and everything to help the White House with this narrative," he says. "… They want to make this election about abortion, and they want to talk about it.

But Houck doesn't expect abortion to deliver for the pro-abortion crowd. "Right now, it looks like this is going to be an election on either the referendum of Trump or the economy, with abortion – try as Democrats might – being more of a secondary issue," he concludes.

Republicans may be hoping Houck's prediction is wrong. As NPR accurately noted in November, every state ballot on abortion rights since the Dobbs decision has come out in favor of abortion rights – even in red states like Kansas, Kentucky, and Ohio.