The Washington Times has one of the more thorough reports from the mainstream media on Friday’s March for Life in Washington DC. Good coverage from OneNewsNow and LifeSiteNews. The Washington Post photo gallery gives equal treatment to the pro-aboriton and pro-life sides despite the pro-life march being at least 3000 times bigger. If the editors at the paper’s website read their own news report on the march, they’d know that there weren’t many pro-abortion demonstrators: “Few counter-demonstrators were visible along the route…”
Jill Stanek has a great round-up of the media coverage. There were 60 pro-abortion activists and 200,000-300,000 pro-life activists and in the media’s collective mind, treating their demonstrations on equal footing is considered fair and balanced. Except for those that up-played the pro-abortion side. CNN’s Rick Sanchez didn’t know which side was carrying the pro-life signs. Jack Cashill at The American Thinker accuses the media of “malpractice.” A report on the Newsweek blog by Krista Gesaman that the March lacked young women, which almost any photo of the event would refute.
Rep. Chris Smith (R, NJ) gave a powerful speech to the March. An excerpt:
By the grace of God, we stand behind, with and unabashedly for both victims of abortion—women and children.
For all of us, all human life is precious and sacred and in urgent need of protection. We welcome and deeply respect everyone including the weak, the vulnerable and the disenfranchised. We especially admire and honor the extraordinarily courageous post-abortive women who are silent no more. Their voice and witness show the path to reconciliation for all women who have been first deceived, then victimized by abortion.
LifeSiteNews reports that there were more than 1,000 religious at the Mass at the March for Life, including 45 bishops. The procession took about a half-an-hour.
The Virtual March for Life was also a success with nearly 80,000 pro-life Americans taking part, including the following politicians and pro-life leaders taking part in the Americans United for Life project:
• Governor Sarah Palin
• Governor Mike Huckabee
• Gov. Rick Perry
• Dr. James Dobson, Focus on the Family
• Tony Perkins, Family Research Council
• Sen. Jim DeMint
• Sen. John McCain
• Rep. John Boehner
• Rep. Mike Pence
• Rep. Eric Cantor
• Rep. Tom Price
• Marco Rubio, U.S. Senate candidate in Florida