Media Bias: CNN Calls Pro-Abortion Group Attacking Sarah Palin "NonPartisan"

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 10, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Media Bias: CNN Calls Pro-Abortion Group Attacking Sarah Palin "NonPartisan"

by Matthew Balan
September 10, 2008 Note: Matthew Balan is a news analyst at Media Research Center. He graduated from the University of Delaware in 2003, and worked for the Heritage Foundation from 2003 until 2006, and for Human Life International in 2006. This article originally appeared in NewsBusters.

CNN’s Jessica Yellin filed a report from Anchorage, Alaska on Tuesday’s American Morning which cites a "non-partisan" organization whose official policy stance includes a pro-abortion position, and whose president used to work for NARAL.

She also included a sound bite from a Palin critic who donated hundreds of dollars to Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
Yellin’s report examined how the Alaska governor balances her government work with her family life.

She included sound bites from Meg Stapleton, a former aide to Palin who was labeled on-screen as a "Palin campaign advisor" and Kristan Cole, a childhood friend of the governor.

After a positive and short depiction of Palin’s life, Yellin cited how "Palin supporters insist her experience as a working mother means she’ll represent American women."

The CNN correspondent then went to the critics of the governor’s record: "But some women’s groups are critical. The non-partisan National Partnership for Women and Families gives Alaska a D-minus when it comes to its parental leave policy. For example, there’s no guarantee of paid leave for new parents."

Yellin followed this with a sound bite from Dr. Vicki Lovell of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, who thought there’s a contradiction there between Governor Palin’s professed values about supporting families and then what we actually see in the state of Alaska, where there aren’t adequate supports for families who are welcoming new infants."

The National Partnership for Women and Families may be "non-partisan" on paper, but it does have a liberal agenda.

One of its professed goals is increasing "women’s access to quality, confidential reproductive health services and block attempts to limit reproductive rights and reverse hard-won gains…. to give every woman access to the full range of reproductive health information and services, including… abortion services."

The biography of their president, Debra Ness, proudly states that she "moved to head up field operations for the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL), where she worked to revitalize the organization’s grassroots political capability and affiliate network.

She became NARAL’s deputy director in 1989 and helped propel the organization’s transformation into a major force in American electoral politics."

Dr. Lovell’s organization, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, also takes the pro-abortion position. In addition to this, Lovell donated a total of $900 to Hillary Clinton’s campaign within the course of a week in February and March of 2008 during the Democratic primaries.


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