NPR Works to Sanitize Abortion

2019 May 25
by bc3b

They claim it isn’t propaganda (partially funded by taxpayers), but NPR has come up with a style guide exclusively for abortion to ensure that the pro-abortion movement receives the most positive coverage possible and the pro-life side receives negative coverage.

After reading a “guidance reminder” posted last week by NPR, it’s become even more obvious why those in favor of abortion and those opposed to it are increasingly at odds with one another.

Mark Memmott, supervising senior editor of standards and practices for NPR, put together the guide after Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) signed into law the most stringently pro-life legislation in the country and not long after Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) signed a bill into law barring abortion after a heartbeat is detectable, which usually occurs around six weeks into pregnancy.

The style guide makes one thing abundantly, painstakingly clear: NPR writers are to go out of their way to make sure it never, ever sounds like the collection of cells inside a mother’s womb is a human life.

Perhaps the most absurd — and absurdly bias — rule in the NPR manual is the injunction against the word “unborn,” which journalists are to avoid like the plague, according to Memmott, because it “implies that there is a baby inside a pregnant woman.”

“They’re fetuses,” he lectured. “Incorrectly calling a fetus a ‘baby’ or ‘the unborn’ is part of the strategy used by antiabortion groups to shift language/legality/public opinion.” (Just FYI: Even the Mayo Clinic refers to fetuses who have, according to Memmott, not yet turned into humans as babies.)

The moratorium on the sinister words can only be lifted “when referring to the title of the bill.” The fact he used the word “strategy” only to refer to those opposed to abortion should be telling, as if there’s a clandestine plan by pro-lifers, but those who support abortion are just trying to protect some inalienable right.

Memmott also takes issue with “pro-life” and “pro-choice” descriptors. Instead, he said those who are opposed to abortion should be referred to as “abortion rights opponents” or people who are “anti-abortion rights.” Both of those phrases, of course, are clearly editorialized. By unnecessarily inserting the word “rights” into the descriptors, it sends the message pro-lifers are opposed to “rights.”

By contrast, those who are in favor of abortion are to be called “abortion rights supporter(s)/advocate(s).” The upside in those titles is obvious.

The language Memmott selected for NPR journalists reveals two things: (1) Many in the media have already chosen their side and (2) those in the pro-abortion camp have a fundamental misunderstanding of the pro-life movement. It has nothing to do with suppressing a woman’s — a mother’s — “rights.” Rather, the pro-life movement is about protecting the rights of the child who has not yet been born and is unable to defend his or her inalienable rights.

The NPR editor encouraged journalists not to use the phrase “abortion clinic” because the facilities “perform other procedures and not just abortions.” Memmott also took issue with the title “abortion doctor.” Instead, abortionists should be referred to people who operate clinics “where abortions are performed.”

Memmott is also not a big fan of the phrase “late-term abortion.”

“Though we initially believed this term carried less ideological baggage when compared with partial-birth,” he explained, “it still conveys the sense that the fetus is viable when the abortion is performed.”

He said late-term abortion should be referred to only as “a procedure known medically as intact dilation and extraction.”

All of this language achieves one goal: Making the human inside a mother’s womb sound as nonhuman as possible.

So, how is this any different from Joseph Goebbels or the Soviet-era Pravda?

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This baby holds enough ballots to sway any election.

 

29 Responses leave one →
  1. 2019 May 25 9:37 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    It’s a strange world we live in in 2019 where boys who think they are girls is acceptable and even potentially dangerous dogs are protected in “no kill” shelters while it’s open season on human babies who survive abortions.

  2. 2019 May 26 6:14 am
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    justrand permalink

    and remember, the “N” in NPR stands for “National”, and the “P” stands for “Public”. Which means WE pay for their bullshit propaganda.

  3. 2019 May 26 6:32 am
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    JimNorCal permalink

    It is always worth noting that Code Pink Republicans like McCain, Romney and Paul Ryan will not lift a finger to enforce fairness at NPR and won’t roll back socialized medicine.

  4. 2019 May 26 6:41 am
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    bc3b permalink

    Given all the options available today (subscriptions, etc.), why should the government fund media? Why should it ever have?

  5. 2019 May 26 7:30 am
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    bc3b permalink

  6. 2019 May 26 7:38 am
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    JimNorCal permalink

    Let’s hope!

    BNL NEWS
    ‏ @BreakingNLive
    49m49 minutes ago
    BREAKING: France has highest European Election turnout at this time of day since 1979
    #EUelections

    BNL NEWS
    ‏ @BreakingNLive
    29m29 minutes ago
    BREAKING: Very high turnout in rural areas of France, where they expect a high number of yellow vest voters, according to BFMTV.

  7. 2019 May 26 7:39 am
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    JBoz permalink

    Can someone explain why we even need NPR or PBS? Public funding (aka our money) should be used to support services that meet both of these 2 criteria:

    1) It’s a service that is required by our society in order to function and survive,

    AND

    2) it can’t be realistically provided profitably by the private sector.

    Has to meet both…period.

    Military, YES
    Border security, YES
    Roads and bridges, YES
    Public parks…maybe, but I will give it a reluctant YES

    Broadcasting??? Hell no. Doesn’t even meet one of the above criteria, let alone both of them.

    Shut it down…we don’t need it and we don’t want to pay for it.

  8. 2019 May 26 7:41 am
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    justrand permalink

    NPR, PBS, and the Education business…get the Feds out of ALL THIS CRAP!!!

  9. 2019 May 26 7:52 am
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    justrand permalink

    I live in the mountains, where we have an ABUNDANCE of squirrels. We also have narrow twisting roads, that often wind their way past steep drop-offs. There’s a point to this…keep reading, please.

    We try to avoid hitting the squirrels when driving, but learned quickly that trying too hard to avoid hitting a squirrel could get you KILLED. So although we brake, and honk our horn, if the squirrel won’t move we are sometimes forced to kill the squirrel. It may sound silly, but it always makes us sad, despite the abundance of squirrels.

    One thing we NEVER do is CELEBRATE the fact that we just took the life of a squirrel…it’s not their fault they’re squirrels. We don’t wear T-shirts that say:
    – “I ran over a squirrel today!”
    – “I ran over a squirrel, it was AWESOME!”
    – “It’s my right to run over squirrels!”

    Yet EVERY day I see pictures of Abortion activists wearing T-shirts and waving signs that CELEBRATE abortion…their abortions and others. They CHEER when people take the stage and laughingly describe their AWESOME abortion!!

    They DISGUST me.

  10. 2019 May 26 8:20 am
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    TLS permalink

    “abortion rights opponents” or people who are “anti-abortion rights.” Both of those phrases, of course, are clearly editorialized. By unnecessarily inserting the word “rights” into the descriptors, it sends the message pro-lifers are opposed to “rights.”

    Controlling the language is one thing the left does extremely well because conservatives don’t sit around and consider how to control people through language so liberals win by default.

    Obviously the term “pro-choice” isn’t winning or they would be changing it. (It’s not a choice, it’s a child). Of course this will just spark changes to the opposition- Pro-right to life, Right to life advocate. Heck, let’s just get right to the truth and start calling them “Right to murder babies supporters”. If we truly engaged in the war to control the language, I believe we would win hands down.

    I saw a bumper sticker the other day that said “Want to end abortion? Hold a short trial sentencing the baby to death before you start. #liberalheadsexplode”

  11. 2019 May 26 8:28 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    “Roads and bridges, YES”

    If the State of Texas is any indicator, I am now locked into ‘Maybe’.

    I used to say YES but that has changed since I have seen what goes on here. Rare in the metro areas that TXDOT builds roads these days. A private contractor does that and it becomes a toll road. Fact TX even contracts out the eminent domain proceedings for right away. (Its what my daughter does.) TX State just files the initial proceedings for the taking. Everything else from writing the check to the dispossed, to putting the road sign up is done by paid for by someone else.

  12. 2019 May 26 8:37 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    TLS,

    Another approach. The abortionist has to share their profits with the mother.

    1) Given fact that Planned Parenthood profits from selling the the body parts. It would cut into their margins if they had to split 50/50 with the mother.
    2) The above having occurred changes the meme. ‘Right to Choose’ would be swiftly replaced by ‘No Babies for Bucks’. A twist on the liberal mantra of ‘No Blood for Oil’. I don’t think they could defend against it being one of the Lefts important slogans.

    Seed in the public mind that the whole abortion thing is about $$$$ and the pro-choice crowd would be disarmed.

    [woman 1] I went in for an abortion. It was the right thing to do.
    [woman 2] You sleazy capitalist!!!

  13. 2019 May 26 10:16 am
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    TLS permalink

    #12 See, I told you conservatives could do a better job messaging 😉

  14. 2019 May 26 10:48 am
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    bc3b permalink

    JR #9b-

    “I live in the mountains, where we have an ABUNDANCE of squirrels. ”

    You could say the same thing about Sacramento and DC.

  15. 2019 May 26 10:53 am
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    bc3b permalink

    A couple of things:

    Part of the rationale for the NPR and PBS networks was so people in remote places would have access to it. Not that there are a ton of flaming liberals in Sioux Falls, SD. With cable and satellite that is no longer the least bit valid.

    I’d love to see a survey as to how many “Save the Pit Bull” people are strongly pro-abortion. My guess would be 90%+.

  16. 2019 May 26 10:55 am
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    bc3b permalink

    JBoz –

    Glad to see you here. I was afraid you took a wrong turn and ended up on the South or West sides.

  17. 2019 May 26 10:57 am
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    bc3b permalink

    JimNorCal #6 –

    BNL NEWS
    ‏ @BreakingNLive
    29m29 minutes ago
    BREAKING: Very high turnout in rural areas of France, where they expect a high number of yellow vest voters, according to BFMTV.

    Did Renault ever make anything with a big-@$$ trunk like a 1964 Coupe de Ville?

  18. 2019 May 26 2:36 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    “Did Renault ever make anything with a big-@$$ trunk like a 1964 Sedan de Ville?”

    Guess it would depend on your definition of ‘trunk’. 🙂

    But I have to say the closest second to the barcko lounger ’64 would be your typical Yellow Cab of the same era.

  19. 2019 May 26 2:48 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    LePen wins according to early tabulations!!

  20. 2019 May 26 2:54 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    More from your Farm to Market Reporter — https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-05-23/farm-crisis-corn-planting-slowest-record-time-year — Not even half planted.

  21. 2019 May 26 4:49 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    Tomorrow will be Memorial Day and temperatures still haven’t hit 80 in Michigan – Trump’s fault.

  22. 2019 May 26 5:13 pm
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    JimNorCal permalink

    bc3b, not only MI temperatures Trump’s fault.
    I read the lakes are too full also 🙂 🙂

  23. 2019 May 26 5:17 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    JimNorCal –

    We have had a ton of rain. My grass was 6 inches tall. Fortunately. I have a mowing service that uses college students instead of illegals. Last year one was a co-ed about 20 who wears cut-offs when it gets warm. I hope she didn’t graduate.

  24. 2019 May 26 5:46 pm
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    JimNorCal permalink

    Blast from the past …

  25. 2019 May 26 6:14 pm
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    justrand permalink

    IP, if you’re out there..,or anyone else who is interested.

    I’m reading ‘The Last Stand of Fox Company’. A book that if wasn’t true, I wouldn’t believe it.

    It’s the story of the Marines of Fox Company defending the Toktong Pass during the retreat from the Chosin reservoir during Korean War. Outnumbered well over 10:1 (and later 20:1) they somehow held on in temperatures that AVERAGED 20 below zero.

    Staggering…truly.

  26. 2019 May 27 5:52 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    This has to be a joke, — https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-05-27/auto-shares-surge-fiat-renault-confirm-merger-talks — Fiat and Renault merging? Amazing outcome might be…..

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