Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Irresponsible Journalists Publish Without Checking the Facts

Yesterday I noted that a biased student journalist misrepresented a statement made by Delegate Bob Marshall. Apparently the student heard what she "wanted to hear" rather than what was actually said and meant by the speaker.

Media attending the press conference included ABC News, Channel 8, CBN, The Washington Post, Richmond Times, The Virginia Pilot, The Associated Press and other fine news sources. Yet, none of these professional journalist heard or interpreted Delegate Marshall's "alleged statement" in the way that student Ms. Kelsey Radcliffe did. And why is that? Simply because what she reported as being said was never said, nor the meaning she implied ever meant!

Yet, our local gossip rag, the Gainsville Times, simply took the article by Ms. Radcliff without checking any of the facts, nor even attempting to verify the veracity of the article, and published it outright causing great harm to a very honorable and highly dedicated public servant who has no inclinations even close to what Ms. Radcliff alleged!

Transcripts of the actual speech, made by CBNNews, are posted on Delebate Bob Marshall's website along with a video of the entire speech where anyone wishing to verify Bob's actual statement can do so. Bob did not use the word "God" at all in his statement, and he while he referred to fact that some Christians might suggest that the cause of the higher incidence of handicapped children following the abortion of a first child might be a special punishment, he never indicated nor claimed that was what he believed.

If we make a statement about what some others believe, that does not make us believers ourselves. For example, if I make a statement about what some communists believe, that does not make me a communist! Or if I make a statement about what some Christian sect or group believes, that does not make me a member of that group. It is a basic error in logic.

What Ms. Radcliff failed to report was the study by the Virginia Commonwealth University referred to by Delegate Marshall that concluded that first abortions of the first pregnancy are much more damaging to the woman than latter abortions which is supported by over 258 peer review studies from the National Library of Medicine as well as the results of research contracts with the US Public Health Service.

Perhaps Ms Radcliff should be a little more open to listening to a message she does not want to hear.

Could there be any connection between Ms. Radcliff's venom and that fact that Delegate Marshall was stating that Planned Parenthood should be defunded?

Planned Parenthood the nations largest abortion provider which has been caught hiding child sex abuse - 10 times!



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Monday, February 22, 2010

Blatant Media Bias Shows Itself Once Again

Here is an excellent example of the blatant bias of the media where a reporter takes one sentence out of context from a press conference and twists its meaning and intent to push a personal position.

MANASSAS, VA-Reporter Kelsey Radcliffe released a news article three days after a press conference at which Virginia Delegate Bob Marshall spoke with pastors, clergymen and reporters regarding funding of pro-abortion organization Planned Parenthood. This article neglected to state the facts or the studies he and other speakers cited for their objections to giving this organization more taxpayer dollars. Instead, it focused on a single sentence taken out of context with the seeming intention of misrepresenting what he said, and at the same time being hurtful to disabled children.

Bob and his wife have five children. The adoption agency told them that one of their adopted children had a 50-50 chance of contracting a disabling genetic disease which causes death in early adulthood. Nevertheless, they went through with the adoption. Several years ago they found out she does not carry the gene for this disorder after all.

Bob and his wife firmly believe every child is a gift and a blessing. Contrary to the philosophy of Planned Parenthood, they think every child deserves a lifetime, regardless of whether that child is planned, unplanned, wanted, unwanted, disabled, "normal," has birth defects, is born outside of marriage, or is the result of sexual assault. Special needs children are especially important to them, which is why for three years Bob introduced legislation to add insurance coverage for autism.

During the press conference, Bob mentioned that Christians can have a special insight because the first born of every being, animal and man, was dedicated to God in the Old Testament. Peer review medical research shows that induced abortion of the first pregnancy causes significantly higher complications in subsequent wanted pregnancies than in women who carry their children to term, and he believes many women would want to know this information before choosing to have an abortion. We truly do owe it to the best interest and well being of the mother and child to expose the potential dangers of these unfortunate first abortions, which are so aggressively promoted by Planned Parenthood. By concealing this information, Planned Parenthood takes a stance that is of such a lack of sensitivity or care to these young women that we must wonder why they receive any taxpayer dollars at all.
In 2008, peer review medical researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University published a report from official US sources on the higher incidence of low birth weight and premature births among women who had induced abortions vs. women who did not.

The study found that women who had one, two and three or more prior abortions were 2.8, 4.6 and 9.5 times more likely to have low birth weight children and the risk of premature birth was 1.7, 2.0 and 3.0 times higher for women with a history of one, two or three or more previous abortions. (See, Brown, J. S., et al. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 2008;62:16-22) Bob specifically cited this VCU study at the press conference.

Yet Kelsey Radcliffe failed to mention this scientific study in her article which would allow readers to make up their own minds based on the facts. We must preserve objectivity and clarity in journalism, and one way to do that is to correct the record when facts are missing or misleading statements are made.

Readers should question why this organization opposes Bob's HB 334, now in the State Senate, to inform women about medical problems they and their children may have in future wanted pregnancies after a prior induced abortion. Since Planned Parenthood supports prenatal diagnosis and abortion of handicapped children because of their handicap, they must be asked how denial of peer review medical studies promotes the best interests of women. This is a disservice to women who deserve better.

I hope this clarifies any mistaken impressions left by Kelsey Radcliffe's article. If you have any questions you may contact Bob directly on his cell phone at 703-853-4213.