Fox News’s Kurtz Slams Media’s Pro-Abortion Coverage

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On Sunday’s Media Buzz on the Fox News Channel, host Howard Kurtz opened his show by ripping into the media’s hyper partisan coverage of the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade. Kurtz compared the media’s freak outs to their reaction after the Supreme Court legalized same sex marriage, as well as the orignial ruling in Roe v. Wade in 1973. 

“The way the mainstream media have framed, reported and commented on the reversal or Roe. They leave absolutely no doubt they view it as a terrible tragedy by a rogue Supreme Court. It’s pretty obvious what they think” Kurtz announced at the top of the show. 

“So I decided to compare the coverage to a high court ruling that unleashed a tsunami of media praise, the legalization of same-sex marriage seven years ago” he added. 

Kurtz recalled how “The New York Times ran 12 pictures of gay couples kissing and embracing under the headline equal dignity” after the court legalized gay marriage nationwide. “The paper called the ruling the culmination of decades of litigation and activism that set off jubilation and tearful embraces across the country,” he added. 

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He continued to expose the media’s glowing support for the same sex marriage decision: 

In a Times follow-up, there was revelry and soul searching on gay pride day. The story saying such cities as New York City and San Francisco promised a sort of social catharsis, a bicoastal toast to the nation’s rapid shift on gay rights and an extended curtain call for the movement that drove it. Now, The Washington Post front page story said the decision rewarded years of legal work by same-sex marriage advocates and pointed to the vexing challenge now facing Republican presidential candidates and the GOP itself, how to get in step with modern America.

Kurtz also dug up old newspapers from January 1973 when Roe v. Wade was decided to inform viewers how much more biased the media has gotten in the 49 years since: 

We also looked at the coverage of the original 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, and while it was overshadowed by the death of LBJ, it reflects an era that newspapers mainly took a just the facts approach. The Washington Post story quoted the majority, then the minority opinions in the 7-2 ruling back to back. 

Now, one New York Times front-pager called Roe a new set of national guidelines that will result in broadly liberalized anti-abortion laws in 46 states, but the second story on the front page cited leaders of the Catholic church assailing the ruling while birth control and women’s activists praised it. And the first quotes in that story were from the Cardinals in New York and Philadelphia calling Roe shocking, horrifying and an unspeakable tragedy for this nation.

Kurtz ended by remarking “what’s undeniably clear is times have changed.” That is certainly true. Back then the media at least attempted to be fair and hide their liberal biases and opinions. Now the leftist media are full blown activists for the leftist agenda. Whether it’s abortion, immigration, or government run healthcare, the media is more than happy to carry water for the left. 

Thankfully we have Fox News and other conservative outlets speaking the truth. 

To read the transcript of this segment click “expand”:

FNC’s Media Buzz
July 3, 2022
10:59:54 a.m. Eastern

HOWARD KURTZ: The way the mainstream media have framed, reported and commented on the reversal or Roe. They leave absolutely no doubt they view it as a terrible tragedy by a rogue Supreme Court. It’s pretty obvious what they think. So I decided to compare the coverage to a high court ruling that unleashed a tsunami of media praise, the legalization of same-sex marriage seven years ago. 

Now personally, I have no problem with that ruling. I think it’s widely accepted by the majority of Americans, but this is about the coverage and the injection of raw opinion into news stories. The New York Times ran 12 pictures of gay couples kissing and embracing under the headline equal dignity. 

The paper called the ruling the culmination of decades of litigation and activism that set off jubilation and tearful embraces across the country. Polls indicating that most Americans now approve of the rulings. 

In a Times follow-up, there was revelry and soul searching on gay pride day. The story saying such cities as New York City and San Francisco promised a sort of social catharsis, a bicoastal toast to the nation’s rapid shift on gay rights and an extended curtain call for the movement that drove it. 

Now, The Washington Post front page story said the decision rewarded years of legal work by same-sex marriage advocates and pointed to the vexing challenge now facing Republican presidential candidates and the GOP itself, how to get in step with modern America. 

We also looked at the coverage of the original 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, and while it was overshadowed by the death of LBJ, it reflects an era that newspapers mainly took a just the facts approach. The Washington Post story quoted the majority, then the minority opinions in the 7-2 ruling back to back. 

Now, one New York Times front-pager called Roe a new set of national guidelines that will result in broadly liberalized anti-abortion laws in 46 states, but the second story on the front page cited leaders of the Catholic church assailing the ruling while birth control and women’s activists praised it. And the first quotes in that story were from the Cardinals in New York and Philadelphia calling Roe shocking, horrifying and an unspeakable tragedy for this nation. What’s undeniably clear is times have changed.

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