John King USA the Only CNN Program to Mention March for Life...For 11 Seconds
Published: 1/25/2011 4:08 PM ET
CNN's 7 pm Eastern hour program John King USA was the only program on Monday and the following morning on Tuesday that mentioned the March for Life in Washington, DC. Anchor John King devoted only 11 seconds to the pro-life demonstration, and omitted crowd numbers and footage from the March. CNN.com's write-up on the annual event downplayed the number of attendees as merely in the "thousands."
King led his evening program with a brief about an Illinois court ruling that former Obama aide Rahm Emanuel was ineligible to run for Chicago mayor. After playing a sound bite from Emanuel, the CNN personality then gave moved on to the March for Life, and added illegal immigration to it as an "emotional issue:"
KING: And anti-abortion activists stage a March for Life here in Washington. It's a big annual event, but we'll map out how the major fights over emotional issues, like abortion and immigration, this year are in the states, and we'll debate Colorado's proposal to copy the Arizona immigration law.The anchor read this brief into the camera, without showing any footage from any point during the March.
Thirty-five minutes later, King raised the abortion issue again, but instead of mentioning the demonstration earlier in the day, he focused on the pro-life victories on the state level. He devoted just under 30 seconds to his brief, and spent the rest of the 9-minute segment to a debate over a proposed law in Colorado targeting illegal immigration: