frankkennedyimageDo the media as a rule give pro-life and pro-life stories a pass? Having been at Queen’s Park as a part-time member of the press gallery for over 15 years, I would definitely say yes.

The Interim recently celebrated its 25th anniversary and I wouldn’t have a job and The Interim wouldn’t even exist if the media didn’t ignore pro-life stories. The national media totally ignore the annual National March for Life in Ottawa in May, with an attendance of 8,000 people, many of them from the GTA and most of them young people. Perhaps there was an exciting cat stuck up in a tree story they were covering instead.

If we are a nation that is more concerned about cruelty to our pets than 100,000 babies aborted in Canada annually, then we have a curious attitude towards life. Because pro-aborts fear killing the unborn in the mother’s womb during an act of violence might lead to the elimination of a women’s right to abortion, the pro-abortion media practise a conspicuous silence over Bill C-484, the Unborn Victims of Crime bill before Parliament. Hey, guys, where’s the media indignation over the helpless victims?

We all felt sorry and had righteous indignation along with the prime minister of Canada when he apologized recently to Canada’s First Nations, as well as the Inuit and Métis peoples, on behalf of the nation for the residential schools disgrace, in which children were forcibly taken away and lodged in residential schools starting in 1884. It occurred to me when this apology was unfolding that we someday might see an apology and righteous indignation for the act of abortion that we have also enshrined in law and that has taken the lives of millions of unborn children It would make a great front-page story. Maybe my grandchildren will write it, but I’m not holding my breath.

I can give my journalist confreres at Queen’s Park a list of 378 great Ontario stories they’ve missed, but unfortunately due to space limitations for my column, it’s an impossibility. But here’s a few.

Why don’t the media cover the recent outrageous attacks in a kangaroo court on the free speech rights of Catholic Insight editor Fr. Alphonse De Valk, who was criticized for contributing to the public debate on same-sex “marriage.” Quoting from the Bible? Heavens! There should be more of this – not less.

Does media censorship exist? Charlton Heston, the legendary actor and rare conservative voice in Hollywood, who passed away recently at the age of 84 from Alzheimer’s disease, had evidence that it did. Heston, married 64 years to wife Lydia, starred in The Ten Commandments, Soylent Green, Planet of the Apes and Ben Hur, had a largely untold story. He was among the first to join a picket in the 1960s against segregation. When he passed away earlier this year, the liberal media ignored this and denounced Heston for his defence of the U.S. constitutional right to bear arms. They also failed to mention that Heston was a strong defender of traditional moral positions, strongly pro-life and a critic of the film filth coming out of Hollywood.

I had the opportunity to meet Charlton Heston when he came to Toronto to promote his best-selling autobiography In the Arena a few years back at The World’s Biggest Book Store and got him to autograph my copy. I had only a brief opportunity to talk to him and said: “I want to tell you my favourite film that you made.” Looking up from the desk where he was signing books, he asked: “What was that?” I said: Eclipse of Reason. Heston stood up and laughed hilariously.

In 1997, Heston provided the powerful introduction to Eclipse of Reason, an abortion documentary by Dr. Bernard Nathanson, a former abortionist, who described the horror of late-term abortions. How did the media handle that? Anytime they announced they were going to show Eclipse of Reason on TV, they would never show Heston’s very convincing introduction, but hurry through some excerpts of Eclipse of Reason to a soap commercial. In the liberal media, this is what is called balanced reporting.

I read his book, liked it immensely and will always treasure it, because it is the story of a man and the principles he stood for all his life in a sea of cowardice and liberal conformity. “God bless, you ‘Chuck.’”