CBS Hypes Opening of ‘Ginormous’ Planned Parenthood: ‘Getting a Lot of Business?’

NewsBusters | 10/2/2019 | Staff
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CBS This Morning on Wednesday excitedly touted the opening of a “ginormous” new Planned Parenthood clinic, part of an effort to open locations next to states with stricter pro-life laws. As though she was hyping the grand opening of a grocery store, co-host Gayle King wondered, “Are they getting a lot of business?”

King touted, “Planned Parenthood is announcing the opening of a new mega facility close to states where abortion access is restricted. The new clinic was built in secret in Illinois near the Missouri border. Missouri has some of the strictest abortion laws in the country.” The journalist promoted, “What's the significance of this new clinic? I keep hearing it's ginormous and big.”

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Later, King again used business terms for an abortion facility: “Are they getting a lot of business?” Reporter Kate Smith argued for the need of such a clinic near the pro-life Missouri: “The number of women crossing the border into Illinois to seek an abortion, that’s more than doubled. Their existing facilities can't handle it.”

To her credit, however, CBS actually allowed the pro-life perspective to be heard. Smith talked to Mary Kate Knoor, the Illinois Right to Life Executive Director. Smith recounted, “Knorr says she’s disgusted Illinois has become what she calls the abortion capital of the midwest.”

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That’s better than CBS usually manages. In May, This Morning co-host Tony Dokoupil cheerleaded for Planned Parenthood, saying, “Donations are going up.” In July, Smith talked to new president Alexis McGill Johnson, offering softballs such as this one: “What is at stake here with women’s reproductive health care decisions?”

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GAYLE KING: First on CBS First on CBS, Planned Parenthood is announcing the opening of a new mega facility close to states where abortion access is restricted. The...
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