CBS's DC Website: Only 'Pro-Choice Activists' Showed Up For Roe Anniversary

One way the left-leaning media like to downplay the annual March for Life is to play up how both sides of the abortion debate showed up in Washington, DC to mark the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, when the reality of the matter is that hundreds of thousands of pro-lifers outnumber their opponents by a very large margin every year.

On Monday, CBS's local site for the DC area took that form of bias to another level. Their photo essay, titled "Activists Hold Annual March For Life On Roe v. Wade Anniversary," completely left out the March for Life participants. Instead, the outlet put up seven photos of the handful of "pro-choice" demonstrators that showed up in front of the Supreme Court.

Shot by Matthew Balan of Pro-Abortion Demonstrators at Supreme Court, Washington DC, 23 January 2012The website didn't even show the most extreme message from the pro-abortion activists: a banner which proclaimed, "Good Women Have Abortions" (I Tweeted a picture which I took of that banner here, as I took part in the March for Life on Monday; also, see picture at right). They did, however, show another radical slogan that they put on signs and stickers: "Abortion On Demand Without Apology."

Steven D. Greydanus of the National Catholic Register highlighted this "despicable" photo gallery from CBS, and added that it "actually surpassed that CNN.com from two years ago for the most horrendous misreportage of the March for Life."


The CBS local DC website wasn't alone in giving slanted coverage of the March for Life. The Washington Post decided to mark the actual anniversary of the Roe decision on Sunday with a profile of Lawrence Egbert, who is apparently the new "public face of American assisted suicide." The following morning, the liberal newspaper acted like the March for Life didn't exist, completely omitting any mention of the annual pro-life march from their print edition. On Tuesday, the Post gave treated the small band of radical "pro-choice" demonstrators as somehow equally newsworthy as the massive pro-life crowd.

[H/t: Wynkin, Blynken and Nod blog; National Catholic Register]

Matthew Balan
Matthew Balan
Matthew Balan is a news analyst at Media Research Center