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February 3, 2013

READERS’ FORUM: Feb. 3, 2013

Bias on display in coverage

In the Saturday, Jan. 26, issue of the newspaper I found it interesting how the AP writer presented the Roe v. Wade 40th anniversary march. Within the story the writer made no crowd estimates other than one sentence stating, “They packed sections of the National Mall and surrounding streets for the March of Life.”

Later in the story it was stated that the police no longer provide crowd estimates but organizers said hundreds of thousands may have turned out. The operative word here is “may.” As I read the rest of the story I was somewhat disappointed that no mention was made of the millions of children that have been lost to the act of abortion.

Now comes Sunday’s issue and I am presented a story on the gun control march complete with 40-point type and a pretty large picture with a web address for the marchers. It seems odd that none of this is present in the anti-abortion march story.

Also as part of the story the subheadline states that “Thousands walk streets in Washington” and is the lead in sentence to the article. I don’t care how you choose to slice, it there were many, many more people in attendance at the anti-abortion march. I have to wonder how the writer could come up with a crowd size estimate since the D.C. Police do not provide crowd estimates.

As you can readily conclude the bias between the two stories is vivid. Doesn’t AP and your headline writer realize that when these stories are published that many folks see the inconsistency in the line of thought? Is it just a bit puzzling that many readers are offended when it appears that their viewpoint is being neglected?

I cannot hold you responsible for the text of the stories but I sure can hold you responsible for the presentation of the stories via the headline and pictures. I realize that the loss of life in Newtown, Aurora, Columbine and other shootings are tragic, but the lives lost to the abortionists are far greater and just as tragic to many ordinary citizens.

— Raymond E. Broshar

Terre Haute

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