Yesterday's Indy Star front page article looked promising - it looked like it was going to provide some actual coverage of the Komen/Planned Parenthood debacle, but alas, it only turned out to be more of the same from the Star.
Komen's numbers for their "Race for the Cure" are abysmal compared to years past. That is to be expected given the fact that Koimen drew attention to their relationship with Planned Parenthood in a way the pro-life blogosphere could never have dreamed possible. Then, the next day, Komen jumped back in bed with Planned Parenthood after PP's massive and frightening counter attack through the media.
So here's my beef with the Star article: I would bet my last dollar that 90% or more of the people who have walked away from Komen are people who are ANGERED over their renewed relationship with Planned Parenthood. Does the Star interview any of those people --- no! The Star article gives the impression, furthering PP's agenda that the media is tripping over itself to regurgitate, that it is PLANNED PARENTHOOD supporters who are the ones taking down Komen. What a load!
The only person interviewed from either side...an angry pro-abortion Planned Parenthood supporter. Such shoddy reporting reminds me (not that I need look far for reminders) that we are fighting an attack being waged on us from all sides.
Subtler reminders of bias were also to be found. The following quote contains two troubling bits of "reporting":
"The national Komen organization earlier this year announced a decision to withhold funds from Planned Parenthood because it was under investigation by a Florida congressman at the urging of anti-abortion groups."
1) Of course we have the now-standard practice of referring to Catholics and those who oppose abortion and those who oppose handing condoms out to fourth graders as the "anti-abortion" crowd.
2) Another passive-aggressive media jab was to be found when the reporter noted that Planned Parenthood was under investigation "AT THE URGING OF ANTI-ABORTION GROUPS." ??? Seriously? When else do you see "at the urging of" about an investigation? Pretty much every investigation has support from people. Trayvon Martin's death is being investigated "AT THE URGING OF_____" fill in one of the famous people backing this cause. You could also have said a few years ago "OSAMA BIN LADEN IS UNDER INVESTIGATION AT THE URGING OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE,"... "coach Bobby Petrino is under investigation by Arkansas University at the urging of the AD"..."Lance Armstrong is under investigation at the urging of the French people"... you can go on and on....but the little "at the urging of" addendum is never added anywhere else...unless it makes poor little Planned Parenthood look like it is being bullied by some special interest group. Furthermore, if a company is doing something wrong, does it matter who is in favor of the investigation happening? Absolutely malicious reporting on the part of the Star in a very juvenile way.
Finally, the article ends with a free advertisement of the Planned Parenthood Yoga fundraiser that is being done at the same time as "the Race for the Cure" for the people who want to raise money for Planned Parenthood instead of breast cancer. This article, like most from the Star, makes me want to get sick. If you take the Star, I urge you to consider stopping so. I know I will never take it. I can get all my news from sources I trust thanks to Twitter and other online sources...the Star is an aging dinosaur that more and more resembles a newsletter for Planned Parenthood of Indiana, and less and less like a useful compiler of relevant and balanced news.