NPR 'Hearts' Abortion Warrior Wendy Davis; Calls Lengthy Filibuster 'Riveting'
In the past few years, NPR has run a public relations campaign called “I Heart NPR,” featuring photos of celebrities (nearly all liberal) proclaiming their love for NPR by holding an “I Heart NPR” sign. NPR may never actually print a “NPR Hearts Wendy Davis” sign, but NPR News has nonetheless clearly displayed its affection for Davis in news pieces by several of its journalists.
Even though events didn’t finish up until after midnight, that night East Coast-based NPR reporter Elise Hu posted a sympathetic online story about Texas state Senator Wendy Davis’ “riveting” filibuster of an abortion bill. In her piece, Hu included photos and quotations sympathetic toward Davis, but none critical of her. She attributed one of the four included quotes to President Obama from a tweet that was actually written by his political organization Organizing for Action. That her piece was sympathetic to Davis is confirmed in a reply on Twitter to lefty writers Rachel Sklar and @geekgrrl33, who were outraged over “lack of media coverage” of the filibuster.
After that late night online tribute to Davis, in the next week NPR aired three news pieces prominently featuring Davis and seven more that discussed her — in addition to questions in NPR’s liberal game show “Wait! Wait! Don’t Tell Me!”
Like the initial online report, the on-air pieces were liberally sprinkled with loving admiration, referring to her as a “national hero” and “superstar,” and marveling over her “courage.” And just like the initial online piece, five on-air ones gushed over Davis’ pink sneakers.
Capping off NPR’s friendly coverage was a glowing account of Davis’ filibuster by NPR’s Dallas-based correspondent and sermonizer Wade Goodwyn that included the following line: “And as she spoke hour after hour, thousands of women from around the state began to fill up the Capital to stand with Wendy Davis.”
Those women were not the only ones standing with Davis. So were a lot of NPR journalists.