Our friend Katie Yoder, writing for the Media Research Center’s NewsBusters has posted some must-see video of the recent #ProtestPP March in Washington.
“#ProtestPP,” is a coalition of pro-life groups that began organizing national days of protest in 2015 to call for the defunding of Planned Parenthood after the Center for Medical Progress videos exposed the abortion giant’s practice of harvesting aborted baby parts.
The latest rally on Saturday, Feb. 11, boasted 228 rallies in 45 states. In response, supporters of America’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, organized counter-protests in the same locations at the same time.
Although they haven’t covered #ProtestPP rallies in the past, ABC, CBS and NBC covered the most recent one Saturday says Yoder. But while the networks recognized both Planned Parenthood activists and pro-lifers in their morning or evening news shows, they failed to air footage shedding a negative light on counter-protesters, such as when they confronted police escorting pro-life marchers in Washington, D.C.
As #ProtestPP participants marched from the Supreme Court to the Washington, D.C. Planned Parenthood, abortion activists tried to block them at each street crossing.
At different points, police had to use physical force to push the counter-protesters away from the pro-lifers, you can see the video through this link.
Rev. Patrick Mahoney, Christian Defense Coalition director, captured the whole D.C. march on camera in a public Facebook live video. Among other things, his video showed screaming Planned Parenthood supporters blocking the pro-life march multiple times by linking arms and kneeling in the street while also physically struggling with police. The counter-protesters also called pro-lifer marchers “bigots” and chanted “you don’t care if women die!” – on top of other vulgar language (“f*ck you”) directed at police.
While ABC and CBS displayed footage from the Washington, D.C. rally, they still didn’t show the struggle between police and Planned Parenthood activists reports Yoder.
During the CBS Weekend News Saturday evening, anchor Reena Ninan introduced the segment on “demonstrations on both sides of the Planned Parenthood funding debate.” Correspondent Tony Dokoupil continued the report on “dueling rallies” between supporters of abortion and the “opposition to a woman’s right to abortion” or “abortion-rights opponents.”
Like ABC and CBS, NBC didn't even hint at the conflict between police and Planned Parenthood supporters the NewsBusters study concluded.