Washington-based media is heralding Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis to Washington for two fundraising stops this week, angering anti-abortion advocates who are retaliating with a "March on the Media."
Live Action, the group that has conducted several undercover investigations of abortion clinics and helped in the fight to force the mainstream media to cover the Philadelphia murder trial of serial abortionist Kermit Gosnell, on Wednesday unveiled its new website "March on the Media," which urges supporters to demand that the media cover the negative impacts of abortion, not just defend it.
The group also told Secrets that they plan to hold rallies and marches at network and other media headquarters soon. No dates were provided.
"Like it or not, the major news networks have huge influence in our country," said Lila Rose, president of Live Action, in a statement. "Millions of Americans get a sense of the world through national filters like ABC, CBS, and NBC. So it's inexcusable when these networks, in whom so much public trust is invested, refuse to report the facts on one of the most pressing human rights issues of our time."
The group took note of the media's advance coverage of the Davis trip to attend two fundraisers in Washington Thursday. Since her June filibuster against a GOP abortion effort, she has received nearly $1 million. At one fundraiser, she will appear with potential 2016 presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand and also California Sen. Barbara Boxer and Minnesota Sen. Al Franken.
Groups like Rose's have long complained that the media doesn't cover the health impact of abortion on women but has been fascinated by Davis in her pink sneakers filibustering the issue.
ABC, for example, noted, "Although Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis came up short in her fight against the state's restrictive abortion bill, ever since her dramatic filibuster last month, she has emerged as a big winner in other ways."
Rose said, "The media has flinched from the reality of abortion for decades, but the degree to which they mischaracterize and whitewash this issue has become egregious lately. How can you go on about a senator's sneakers and completely ignore the reason you're talking about those shoes in the first place: because she's championing a procedure that literally tears helpless children to pieces and puts women's lives and health in extreme danger?"
Secrets reported Tuesday that the Davis filibuster, which lasted 13 hours, received three times as much network coverage as the 58-day Gosnell trial.
Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.