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Reporting on the murder of Kansas abortion doctor, George Tiller, on Monday's CBS Early Show, correspondent Jeff Glor touted the doctor's career, while not depicting it as controversial: "...a doctor in the middle of the abortion debate for 35 years... Tiller, one of only a handful of doctors in the country performing late-term abortions, when the mother's health is at risk." Glor later commented about the murder: "Abortion providers feared a chilling effect." At the top of the segment, co-host Julie Chen declared: "President Obama says he is shocked and outraged at the murder of Dr. George Tiller, one of... continue reading
Good Morning America's coverage on Monday of the May 31 murder of abortionist George Tiller featured no examples of pro-life organizations condemning the killing. Additionally, co-anchor Diane Sawyer opened the program with an oddly worded tease. " The abortion debate turns deadly . A doctor known for performing late-term abortions gunned down at church." The abortion debate turns deadly? If the procedure is successfully performed, isn't abortion always fatal? Reporter Jeffrey Kofman highlighted glee on the internet over the slaying of the Kansas-based doctor who carried out late-term abortions. He announced, "On Twitter, one person wrote, 'Oh, happy, day. Tiller... continue reading
' The Goode Family ,' a new half-hour animated comedy show which spoofs the politically-correct and environmental do-good thinking of a liberal family which considers its lifestyle superior to "abstinence people" who "wear flag pins," debuted this past Wednesday night on ABC. The opening scene showed a "Support Our Troops...And Their Opponents" bumper sticker on the family's hybrid. When the 16-year-old son who the parents adopted from Africa and presumed he'd be black, but to their surprise was a white South African, wants to start driving, the father cautions: "With greater emissions, comes greater responsibility." In another scene, the mother... continue reading
Displaying a caricature of a celebrity enraptured by President Barack Obama, although apparently quite serious in the underlining attitude he conveyed in an over the top manner, on Friday's Larry King Live actor Denis Leary ( IMDb page ) proclaimed: "I think that President Obama is the greatest President in the history of all of our Presidents and that he can do no wrong in my book." Asked about Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, Leary, co-producer and star of FX's Rescue Me , exclaimed: "Fantastic!" Guest host Joy Behar prompted him to affirm: "You love her?" He repeated his earlier... continue reading
Thursday night, as my colleague Brent Baker noted , ABC and NBC fretted that Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor might not adhere to a strict liberal orthodoxy on abortion. NBC reporter Pete Williams said Sotomayor's views on abortion were a "mystery," while ABC's Jan Crawford Greenburg declared "both sides in the contentious debate want to know more." On Wednesday's CBS Evening News, correspondent Wyatt Andrews sounded the same alarm : "Pro-abortion rights groups worried aloud today that the President - who promised an abortion rights nominee - never asked Sotomayor, who is Catholic, where she stands." On Thursday's Today, co-host... continue reading
NBC provided a platform Friday for President Obama to fire back at conservative critics of his Supreme Court nominee, Sonia Sotomayor, as Brian Williams cued him up to agree her comment that a Latina judge would make better decisions than a white male one, is "one of those she'd rather have back." Obama naturally agreed as NBC Nightly News aired his response for an uninterrupted two-plus minutes - an eternity on TV news. Fill-in anchor Lester Holt led with how "critics on the right tonight are finding some traction in comments she made back in 2001 suggesting a female Hispanic... continue reading
During a segment on Friday's American Morning, CNN correspondent Carol Costello used two liberal talking heads to cast doubt on the "judicial activist" label used by conservatives. Costello featured three soundbites from Jonathan Turley of George Washington University Law School, who branded the use of the term as "perfectly juvenile," and one from NPR's Nina Totenberg to cast aspersions on conservatives who are concerned about judges legislating from the bench. Costello's report, which began 20 minutes into the 6 am Eastern hour of the CNN program, began by labeling the "judicial activist" term itself an "act" by politicians: "We hear... continue reading
On Friday's Good Morning America, ABC White House correspondent Jake Tapper provided a skeptical, challenging analysis of the Obama administration's claims about the economic stimulus bill. NBC's Today and CBS's Early Show on Thursday simply regurgitated White House statements that the "economy is looking much healthier these days" and that the President is "taking credit for writing the prescription." [ Audio available here ] Tapper, in contrast, referenced a new administration report on the stimulus entitled "100 Days, 100 Projects" and wondered, "But, how much of this is real? And how much is hype?" He asserted, " Critics have long... continue reading
While reporting on disgraced priest Alberto Cutie leaving the Catholic Church in the wake of a sex scandal, on Friday's CBS Early Show, co-host Maggie Rodriguez asked CBS News analyst Father Thomas Williams about the Church's celibacy rule: "It seems to me that the Catholic Church, at least in south Florida, is not necessarily being introspective and considering whether Father Cutie and others have left the Catholic Church, and others are failing to join, because of its stringent rules. Would you like to see your church be more introspective, more progressive?" When the story about Father Cutie first broke in... continue reading
NBC and ABC on Thursday night framed stories around concerns of "abortion rights" advocates who want proof Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor is on their side, but both cloaked their pieces around the proposition "both sides" of the debate are equally worried. With "Where Does She Stand?" as the on-screen heading , as if there is genuine belief Obama would have selected the judge without knowing she'd uphold Roe v Wade, NBC anchor Lester Holt set up a story through the prism of pro-abortion activists as he announced that White House "spokesman Robert Gibbs says the President did not specifically... continue reading