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The following is a transcript of my radar from Monday’s edition of “Rising” on Hill TV.
Populists on the left and right find common ground on many issues, economic and cultural. Abortion is not one of those issues. But opponents of the powerful political and media establishment should care about elite distortion of the debate.
There’s a serious discussion on the right about the legal and practical wisdom of Texas’s new abortion law. Every honest person left and right can at least agree it’s a dramatic piece of legislation with high-stakes consequences. Depending on your perspective that’s either tragic or wonderful.
Why, to the right, should it be wonderful? I’m not here to debate the wisdom of the bill, which may indeed be replicated soon by other states. But outside, perhaps, Fox News, there is almost no representation of the anti-abortion perspective in major media. That means this entire conversation is completely distorted.
A 2020 survey found that eight in 10 journalists who said they lean towards one party or ideology — which was 78 percent of them — identified as liberal or Democrats. The same survey found sampled journalists were “far to the left of the average Twitter user and even to the left of prominent liberal politicians like former president Barack Obama.” The vast majority of Democrats, of course, support abortion rights, as Gallup found in recent years.
Even all the way back in 1990, David Shaw of the LA Times noted “Most major newspapers support abortion rights on their editorial pages, and two major media studies have shown that 80% to 90% of U.S. journalists personally favor abortion rights.”
We know from the bulk of legacy media coverage that journalists are liberal on abortion. Some on the left actually dispute this, arguing that media’s insistence on including both sides of the debate in coverage gives abortion opponents undue moral equivalence.
The public is not broadly pro-life. The right should understand that. According to Gallup, only 32 percent of Americans support overturning Roe . A full 58 percent oppose it. That said, according to Gallup, Americans who believe abortion should be legal in […]
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JD Rucker – EIC