Sunday, June 05, 2016
Cable News Coverage Of The Choice Debate
The charts are from Media Matters for America. They did a report on how the cable news networks covered the pro and anti-choice debate (abortion) between January 1st of 2015 and March 6th of 2016. It turns out that the three (CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC) are very different in their coverage.
Fox contained overwhelmingly anti-choice stories in that time period, while MSNBC contained mostly pro-choice stories. Anti-choice stories outnumbered pro-choice stories on CNN, but not by a whole lot. They were somewhere in the middle between Fox and MSNBC.
All three aired at least some misinformation on the topic, but CNN and MSNBC didn't broadcast anywhere near the misinformation aired on Fox. That's because Fox isn't really interested in truth. They were created to be, and remain purely a propaganda arm of the Republican Party (and right-wing politics).
But it's the third chart that bothered me the most -- the chart showing the gender of those the networks have invited on to speak about abortion. It seems to me that the issue of what a woman has the right to do with her own body should be a matter for that woman (or women in general).
Men have always had the right to control their own bodies in a free country, and have assumed they also had the right to control a woman's body. That is wrong, and it is against the precepts of any free country. Women should have every single right that any man has, and in equal portion. Anything less is, in my opinion, unconstitutional.
And it is also wrong to have mostly men discussing a women's issue on the cable news networks. It's time for those networks to do the right thing.