Nichole Hungerford

ABC and NBC Skip Kagan’s Partial Birth Abortion Advocacy

Posted on July 1 2010 6:15 pm
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by Scott Whitlock

Wednesday’s evening news shows and Thursday’s morning programs continued to minimize or leave out important moments of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan’s confirmation hearings. ABC’s Good Morning America, for instance, has offered only 67 seconds of coverage over three days. Today and The Early Show each provided a single ten second news brief on Thursday.

It’s not as though the second day of testimony lacked interesting developments. The New York Times on July 1 reported the intense questioning by Senator Orrin Hatch on an abortion memo written by then-Clinton White House Counsel Kagan.

Hatch demanded, “Did you write that memo?…But did you write it? Is it your memo?”

Kagan’s memo worried that a American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) report on abortion could be a “disaster” for the Clinton administration.

None of the morning shows on Thursday mentioned the exchange between Hatch and Kagan. On Wednesday, only CBS’s Evening News raised the subject. Reporter Jan Crawford observed, “But when Senators tried to pin her down on other specific issues, she sidestepped. On whether she helped craft strategies supporting partial-birth abortion-”

She then broke off and featured a clip of Hatch grilling. Crawford herself allowed that “over three days, there were plenty of tense and testy moments.”


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