Hold The New York Times and Associated Press Accountable
The Supreme Court is hearing arguments challenging buffer zones around abortion clinics that have served to protect women and doctors since 2007. It’s a high-profile case, and Americans are depending on the media to get it right.
But instead of covering the long history of violence and intimidation that led to this law, The New York Times and Associated Press choose to profile two elderly protesters as the face of this movement.1 We know this is not true. Not only do these protestors harass women who seek medical care—check-ups, cancer screenings, contraception as well as abortion care—on a daily basis, but they have literally murdered clinic staff.
This kind of coverage at such a crucial decision point where the safety of women and doctors hang in the balance isn’t just bad reporting, it’s dangerous and irresponsible journalism.
The New York Times and Associated Press need to hear from readers that they should report all the facts.
Photo: Katie Klabusich
1 "AP, NYT Help Anti-Abortion Protesters Market A "New Face" That Downplays Threat Of Violence," Media Matters for America, January 13, 2014, http://mediamatters.org/blog/2014/01/13/ap-nyt-help-anti-abortion-protesters-market-a-n/197558