CBS News Provides Cover for Obama, No Exposure of Pro-Abortion Views
by Brent Bozell
October 17, 2008
LifeNews.com Note: LifeNews.com Note: Brent Bozell is the founder and president of the Media Research Center, a watchdog organization. His most recent book, Weapons of Mass Distortion: The Coming Meltdown of the Liberal Media, was released in July of 2004.
On Sunday, October 12, CBS wrapped up its Evening News with the apparently charming scoop that Sister Cecilia Gaudette, a 106-year-old Catholic nun living in Rome, would cast her first presidential ballot since 1952…for Barack Obama. Thats one more evening-news story than CBS has devoted to Obamas radical legislative record on abortion.
Try this on for size: ABC, CBS, and NBC together have unloaded more than a thousand stories on Obamas presidential campaign, and were still waiting for the first broadcast network TV story devoted to examining Obamas abortion record.
CBSs man in Rome, Allen Pizzey, packaged his story without the slightest interest into inquiring as to why this Catholic nun would vote for a candidate who is clearly the nations fervent advocate of abortion.
Instead, Pizzey chose to…ooze. She has a simple, old-fashioned standard for politicians, Pizzey proclaimed, before giving the good nun the opportunity for her on-air national endorsement of Barack Obama: A good straight man; good private life, honest and politically able to govern, of course.
Wait a minute. Isnt this a classic Catholic scandal story, a nun publicly defying church teaching? This kind of story cheering a dissident Catholic as old-fashioned is a natural for Pizzey, a reporter who kicked the casket of Pope John Paul the Great in 2005, saying his rigid opposition to abortion was a flaw of his life: His legacy is not without flaws. His staunch refusal to ordain women as priests and rigorous rejection of birth control, abortion and homosexuality, have alienated many.
CBS skipped that angle. It detracts from the Obama story line.
Not only has CBS chosen yes, chosen to skip Obamas abortion controversies, this network has also refused to cover the controversies surrounding Obamas Catholic running mate, Senator Joe Biden.
He weirdly pronounced on Meet the Press in September that the teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas could be used to confuse Catholic doctrine against abortion. Just like his Catholic friend John Kerry, Biden couldnt impose his faith on anyone: For me to impose that judgment on everyone else who is equally and maybe even more devout than I am seems to me is inappropriate in a pluralistic society.
CBS didnt find it newsworthy that more than a dozen bishops publicly corrected Biden for mangling Aquinas, or that the Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus wrote a terrific open letter calling him out for his remarks. As CBS and other networks touted Bidens working-class Catholic roots growing up in Scranton, Pennsylvania, they refused even to note that the Bishop of Scranton had announced it wrong to give Holy Communion to pro-abortion politicians like Biden.
CBS briefly covered Obamas remarks to a right-to-life question at Rick Warrens church, yet completely ignored his infamous declaration that deciding when life begins is above my pay grade. They just ran the quote I am pro-choice. I believe in Roe vs. Wade. And I come to that conclusion not because I’m pro-abortion, but because ultimately I don’t think women make these decisions casually. For CBS, abortion has been an issue in this race only on the Republican side. CBS has described Governor Sarah Palins views on abortion as fierce several times, but would never apply that adjective to Obama or Biden.
Obamas record is beyond fierce. Not only has Obama dared to support the right to a partial-birth abortion, but in the Illinois state Senate, Obama fought against a Born-Alive Infant Protection Act, designed to offer legal protections to a child who survived an abortion attempt. In one debate in 2002, in a great spasm of ideological ardor, he argued it was acceptable for babies to be killed after theyd exited the womb, since trying to keep this tiny survivor alive would just burden the original decision of the mother to abort the child.
Obama wouldnt want that gnawing tension across the dinner table: Mom, why did you want me dead?
This is the same Senator Obama that declared in April that he wouldnt want his daughters to be punished with a baby for having premarital sex without contraceptives. CBS ignored that, too, as well as ABC. (NBC skipped it except for Tim Russert airing a clip on Meet the Press.) There is apparently nothing harsh Obama can say about babies that will be considered newsworthy by Baracks disciplined message providers in the media.
Remember all this omission when you see vapid pseudo-journalists like Jon Stewart oozing to Michelle Obama that her family has been "vetted about as much as a family can be vetted." Remember all this when the networks claim the campaign should be about the issues. Obamas been on the presidential campaign trail for twenty months, and the TV networks are still giving him a pass. At this point, it isnt accidental, nor is it coincidental. It is deliberate.
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