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If the people only knew….

by | May 25, 2012

By Dave Andrusko

Brent Bozell

Perhaps THE central tenet of our Movement could be abbreviated to read, “If people only knew….” That applies to dozens of different dimensions of the battle, but let’s talk for a moment about Obama’s mandate to require religious institutions and individuals of conscience to pay for health insurance plans that cover medical procedures and drugs contrary to their religious beliefs and conscience.

If people only knew that this is an unabashed, unadulterated, unvarnished attack on religious liberties based on a premise that could be extended to require organizations to provide abortion coverage as well.

If people only knew—contrary to many reports—that a majority of Americans opposes “Forcing Religious Organizations to Provide Birth Control,” as Rasmussen Reports headlined their survey today.

If people only knew that earlier this week 43 Catholic dioceses, schools, hospitals, social service agencies, and other institutions filed suit, accusing Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services of violating the First Amendment and federal law by requiring Catholic organizations to “sacrifice their beliefs in order to be able to continue their mission of serving all people in need.”

However people would NOT know any of this on the day the twelve lawsuits were filed if they relied on the three major networks. According to Brent Bozell, they simply “spiked the news.” (See ttp://newsbusters.org/blogs/brent-bozell/2012/05/22/bozell-column-shameless-bias-omission.) 

He starts his column (“Shameless Bias by Omission”) with a statement of fact: “You’d think the largest legal action in American history in defense of religious liberty would be a major news story.” But it wasn’t on the evening news programs of NBC, ABC, and CBS.

“It’s truly jaw-dropping that ABC and NBC completely ignored this action on their evening newscasts, “ Bozell wrote, “while ‘CBS Evening News’ devoted just 19 seconds to this historic event.”

And “The print press isn’t much better,” he added. “For the Washington Post, there was a little one-column story buried on page A6.” As for USA Today, it “had a really tiny headline and 128-word item at the very bottom of A2. The New York Times had a perfunctory 419-word dispatch on page A17.”

You get the picture, or, in this case, you wouldn’t get the picture if you relied on the three major networks and three of the largest newspapers.

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