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The term "bully pulpit" stems from President Theodore Roosevelt's reference to the White House as a "bully pulpit," meaning a terrific platform from which to persuasively advocate an agenda. Roosevelt often used the word "bully" as an adjective meaning superb/wonderful. The Bully Pulpit features news, reasoned discourse, opinion and some humor.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Abortion Rate Among Black Women Far Exceeds Rate for Other Groups

(Fox News) - The revelation a few weeks ago that Planned Parenthood employees had encouraged telephone donations from callers hoping to facilitate abortions of black babies — money that was "offered" from members of an anti-abortion group at UCLA — led to a quick apology from the family planning organization. Planned Parenthood said its employees made a "serious mistake" in encouraging the donations.


Blogger Steve Brenneis said...

Ok, Fox, welcome the the wonderful world of current events. How does it feel to get scooped by World Net Daily?

...Planned Parenthood employees had encouraged telephone donations from callers hoping to facilitate abortions of black babies...

First, let me state up front that I am no fan or defender of Planned Parenthood. It is a degenerate and evil organization. For no better reason than that, Fox's (and WND's, to be fair) characterization of the situation is insulting. The most you can charge PP with, in this situation, is moral ambiguity and indifference. To portray the situation as an over-arching encouragement by PP is ridiculous.

This kind of sensationalist hysteria is distinctly unhelpful in presenting a rational case against Planned Parenthood. The statistics Fox is reporting are valid and horrifying. Unfortunately, they chose to take up half the article with the obnoxiously sensational and inaccurate story on the donations. It would have been far better to lead into the story by noting that 80% of PP's clinics are in minority neighborhoods, or that PP spends twice as much on abortion "outreach" to minority women as they do to non-minorities.

Fox really has become the tabloid network.

Thursday, April 10, 2008 12:41:00 PM  
Blogger John Lott said...

OK, I appreciate the commentary, but could you please tell me why you believe that it was an "inaccurate story on the donations"?

I also read the WND story after you referenced it (http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=57526), but a large percentage of our piece spent time on going through the raw data on the differing rates of abortion and attempting to account for other obvious factors that might explain the changes. To put it mildly, that data took a lot of time to go through even if was just half the piece. Fox had another similar piece at the same time. What was new here was the release of the information from the other states and the extensive raw data on relative abortion rates.

Friday, April 11, 2008 3:51:00 AM  

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