A Challenge for the Weekend

Here’s the deal:

This weekend I am going up to San Francisco with a group of college students from my school.  I have a favor to ask of all of you beginning now up until the time I come home on Saturday night.

The reason I am going to San Fran is for the 7th annual Walk for Life.  Now before you tune out because you think I’m am just going to rant on for the next few paragraphs about the injustices of abortion, hear me out.

Yes, I do think abortion is wrong and I am going up to be a part of the Walk for Life for that reason.  But there is something else going on that I think people on both sides of the abortion issue can agree is wrong.  I am talking about the issue of extreme media bias when it comes to coverage of Anti-abortion events in the news.

In recent years, as many as 300,000 pro-life advocates have shown up at the March for Life in Washington D.C. in peaceful protest of the abortion laws in this country.  Following on the heels of the success of the DC March, the west-coast Walk for Life was started in San Francisco seven years ago.  Last year, an estimated 30,000 people were in attendance.

These are both obviously huge events.  So why don’t more people outside of those in anti-abortion circles hear about them?  It’s simple, really.  The media chooses not to cover them (or to falsify accounts of the truth of what actually happens).

There are numerous examples of this media fraud.  As stated above, in 2009, there were over 350,000 people at the March in D.C.  However, USA Today reported the number in attendance simply as “thousands”.  Most news sites that covered the March gave protesters on both sides (Pro-Abort and Anti-Abort) equal billing.  This seems to imply that there was equal representation from each side present at the March, when in reality the number of those present that were against abortion far exceeded the number of those in favor of the current abortion laws.

In my opinion, the most telling example of media bias when it comes to coverage of the Anti-Abortion events in January came from a Newsweek.com blog last year titled, “Who’s Missing at the ‘Roe v. Wade’ Anniversary Demonstrations? Young Women.” The article simply lies about the lack of women present at these events  (in reality, women make up the majority), and even makes the claim that the majority of those in the walk are over 60.  The truth is that these events attract throngs of youth.  The Youth Rally following the March in D.C. is so successful they have had to turn people away because it got so crowded.

Clearly, this is a problem.  A massive protest is held and, if it gets any media attention at all (big “if”), it is usually reports of lies or misleading information.

How You Can Help:

Here is the good news: We are no longer living in the days when the media was run by a few top papers and news channels.  With social media tools like Facebook and Twitter, the real voice of the people can be heard.  So this is where I need you.

I am bringing my iPhone with me on the Walk for Life.  I will be updating my Twitter feed with pictures, quotes, and any other news from the Walk in San Francisco.  If you have a Twitter account, retweet my posts to all of your followers.  If you have a Facebook or a blog of your own, share this link so that others will hear what the mainstream media refuses to talk about.

Surprise your Facebook friends and Twitter followers this weekend.  Instead of posting about what your plans for the night are, I challenge each and every one of you reading this to speak up.  It doesn’t matter which side of the abortion issue you may find yourself on; this is an injustice we can’t stand for.