CNN Spins Pope's 'Blunt Words' on Abortion as Reply to 'Conservative' Catholics' Criticism

January 14, 2014 | 6:16 PM EST

[More in the cross-post on the MRC's NewsBusters blog.]The 14 January 2014 edition of New Day on CNN followed the lead of Reuters in giving ideologically-tinged reporting about Pope Francis's latest condemnation of abortion. Kate Bolduan hyped the "blunt words from Pope Francis on abortion", and asserted that "conservative Catholics have complained the new pontiff...hasn't been tough enough on the issue until now."Correspondent Frederik Pleitgen added that "this is one of the strongest statements that this pope has made on abortion, and it comes after he was criticized by some conservatives in the Catholic Church for not taking a forceful enough position."