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Only CBS Highlights ‘Tough, New Questions’ for Planned Parenthood

by | Jul 31, 2015

By Scott Whitlock |


2015-07-31-CBS-TM-PP2On Friday, CBS This Morning actually highlighted the “tough, new questions” Planned Parenthood is facing, showcasing the “latest and most graphic video.” ABC’s Good Morning America and NBC’s Today, despite a combined running time of six hours, ignored the story.

This Morning Co-anchor Norah O’Donnell, in addition to showing footage, alerted, “Planned Parenthood is facing tough new questions this morning. A fourth undercover video is out, showing a doctor at the women’s health provider talking about selling fetal body parts.”

Reporter Julianna Goldman explained, “It’s the second video to be released this week and the group is promising it won’t be the last.” She included video of a Planned Parenthood doctor focusing on money: “I think a per-item thing works a little better, just because we can see how much we can get out of it.”

The journalist also included a tweet from Marco Rubio mocking the lack of outrage. Republican Senator Joni Ernst declared in a sound bite, “These videos are hard for anyone to defend and hit at the moral fabric of our society.”

Goldman balanced this out with a clip of a woman defending the work of Planned Parenthood, as well as Hillary Clinton dismissing the effort to defund Planned Parenthood:  “It’s another effort by the Republicans to, you know, try to limit the health care options for women.”

Instead of covering this important story, Good Morning America spent four minutes and seven seconds on telling men how to “ditch the dad bods.” The Today show devoted a minute to showing viewers “amazing balloon animals,” but nothing on Planned Parenthood.

As of Thursday, the networks had spent 30 minutes on Cecil the lion and just 11 minutes on the Planned Parenthood scandal. CBS and NBC covered the abortion story on Thursday night, but offered a defense against the defunding effort. ABC kept quiet.


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