Mainstream media coverage of pro-life advocates nearly always
portrays them in a negative light. If they were actually fair, that
would be news in itself.
It is, especially since it was the New York Times.
“Action means many things to abortion opponents. Lobbyists and
fund-raisers fight for the cause in marble hallways; volunteers at
crisis pregnancy centers try to dissuade the pregnant on cozy sofas.
Then there are the protesters like James Pouillon, who was shot dead
here last month while holding an anti-abortion sign outside a high
school. A martyr to some, an irritant to others, Mr. Pouillon in death
has become a blessing of sorts for the loosely acquainted activists who
knew him as a friend: proof that abortion doctors are not the only ones
under duress, proof that protests matter, and a spark for more action.
“Jim suffered the persecution for us,” said Dan Brewer, who recalls
swearing at Mr. Pouillon during one of his one-man protests in the
’90s, only to join him later after becoming a born-again Christian.
“Now we just have to go out and do it.” A national tribute is already
planned. Anti-abortion groups are calling on protesters to stand
outside schools with signs that depict abortion on Nov. 24 in 40 to 50
No sneering, no condescension, no putting down the protesters’ deeply religious motivations–just fair and respectful reportage:
“Together, these street activists make up an assertive minority of a
few thousand people within the larger anti-abortion movement. Neither
the best financed nor largest element in the mix, they are nonetheless
the only face of anti-abortion that many Americans see.”
That this was in the New York Times is, as Wesley put it, “a remarkable media moment”. Way to go.