AP on Polish Abortion Protests: ‘Ultraconservative’ Catholics vs. ‘Young People’

Wednesday's Example of Media Bias   —   Posted on April 4, 2007

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-Read the excerpt below from Tim Graham's post at newsbusters.org on March 29th.
-Read "Types of Media Bias" in the right column. Then answer the questions.

Monika Scislowska of the Associated Press reported on Warsaw rallies in support of a complete ban on abortion in Poland. It’s restricted now to the first 12 weeks and only in the cases of rape, incest, or the life of the mother. But look at the labeling contrast AP employed, the usual stereotype of the epic political battle between the ultraconservatives and the nonpartisans:

The two marches were organized by an ultraconservative Roman Catholic radio station and a right-wing political party. Mostly elderly demonstrators attended a Mass and marched through central Warsaw carrying Polish and Vatican flags. One banner had an image of a baby and the words, “Can you really kill me?”

Elsewhere in the capital, about 700 mostly young people held a rally with music and balloons in support of abortion rights.  ………….

Go to NewsBusters.org for the original posting.


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