By M.H. Cavanaugh
Christian Action League Staff
May 9, 2019
LAURINBURG – Media bias is when journalists and news producers report current events selectively or in a biased manner. Biased reporting contravenes the standards of journalism. Good journalism seeks to present both sides of an issue, rather than a one-sided presentation of an individual journalist or article. Media bias is widely disputed, but it is a fact and pervasive today.
Last year, Investor’s Business Daily noted the problem, saying:
“Ask journalists, and they’ll likely tell you they play things right down the middle. They strive to be ‘fair.’ They’re ‘centrists.’ Sorry, not true. The profound leftward ideological bias of the Big Media is the main reason why America now seems saturated with ‘fake news.’ Journalists, besotted with their own ideology, are no longer able to recognize their own bias. Despite journalists’ denials, it’s now pretty much a fact that journalism is one of the most left-wing of all professions.”
Conservatives have known this to be true for a long time, but they’ve known it to be especially true when it comes to abortion rights.
Several years ago, the Los Angeles Times reported, “Most major newspapers support abortion rights on their editorial pages, and two major media studies have shown that 80% to 90% of U.S. journalists personally favor abortion rights.” As late as 2017, Politico Magazine stated that the national media works in a bubble, something that they argue wasn’t true as late as 2008, but it is true today and it’s getting more extreme.
It is a breath of fresh air when any newspaper publishes an editorial favorable to the cause of life, which is what the Laurinburg Exchange did after the NC Senate overrode Cooper’s veto of Senate Bill 359, Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act.
Rev. Mark Creech, executive director of the Christian Action League, said that he called the editor of the Laurinburg Exchange and expressed his appreciation for their most recent editorial, “Senate Chooses to Protect Our Most Innocent.”
“Everyone needs to pause and consider carefully what is happening here. We have moved from abortions ‘safe, legal, and rare,’ to defending infanticide,” said Rev. Creech. “If we don’t want to be a society where the living, again I say the living, can be left to die or terminated because they are unwanted for whatever justifiably perceived reason, we have to override the Governor’s veto. Moreover, news agencies have to leave off their characteristic pro-choice bias and start getting the story right. Thank God for media outlets like the Laurinburg Exchange.”
Below is the editorial by the Laurinburg Exchange:
Senate Chooses to Protect Our Most Innocent
“Infanticide isn’t a word heard very often, but get used to hearing it more in the next 18 months.
“That’s how long until Gov. Roy Cooper faces re-election, and the campaign of Lt. Gov. Dan Forest that will oppose him will surely have it running regularly in ads.
“For the record, it means “one who kills a baby,” Webster’s states.
“Where it ties to Cooper is Senate Bill 359, the proposed law the former state attorney general vetoed a day before Good Friday. The Senate issued an override this week.
“We’re glad they did.
“The bill is called the Born Alive Abortion Survivors’ Protection Act. It says doctors are to provide care and resuscitation to any baby born alive after an attempted abortion.
“Those who do not could face a felony and active prison time, along with fines and potential civil damages.
“Cooper criticized what it means for doctors and said this doesn’t happen.
“‘Laws already protect newborn babies and this bill is an unnecessary interference between doctors and their patients,’” Cooper’s statement said. ‘This needless legislation would criminalize doctors and other healthcare providers for a practice that simply does not exist.’
“The last part of his statement goes against written testimony of adults who say they have seen or survived botched abortions. The N.C. Values Coalition said five states — North Carolina doesn’t keep such statistics — have reported at least 25 children born alive during attempted abortions in 2017.
“The Values Coalition is among five prominent pro-life organizations in North Carolina that asked lawmakers to stand up for newborns.
“‘Roy Cooper didn’t just veto a bill,’ said Tami Fitzgerald, the executive director of the Values Coalition. ‘He vetoed babies, babies who are innocently born alive as a result of a botched abortion.’
“The Rev. Mark Creech, of the Christian Action League, said the governor’s Easter veto compares to the king of Egypt ordering midwives to kill born-alive infant sons of the nation of Israel. Allowing the innocent lives of these newborns to end in death without medical help, he said, was ‘execution by default.’
“Cooper vetoed 28 bills in his first two years in office, more than any governor in a four-year term. Only five survived. This was his first since Democrats last November gained enough seats to eliminate Republicans’ veto-proof control of the General Assembly.
“We know doctors take an oath and are regulated by medical boards. We also believe most doctors are God-fearing and would do all they could to help a newborn.
“Needless legislation? The seventh commandment does it for us, but there’s plenty more on the books we created — and quite complex at that. Republicans say this closes one of the loopholes that allows for purposeful negligence; doctors don’t have a legal duty to care for newborns.
“State senators stood up for innocent newborns. House representatives should as well.”
This editorial from the Laurinburg Exchange was posted with permission.