Brent Bozell

CBS briefly covered Obama's remarks to a right-to-life question at Rick Warren's church, yet completely ignored his infamous declaration that deciding when life begins is "above my pay grade." They just ran the quote "I am pro-choice. I believe in Roe vs. Wade. And I come to that conclusion not because I'm pro-abortion, but because ultimately I don't think women make these decisions casually." For CBS, abortion has been an issue in this race only on the Republican side. CBS has described Gov. Sarah Palin's views on abortion as "fierce" several times, but would never apply that adjective to Obama or Biden.

Obama's record is beyond "fierce." Not only has Obama dared to support the right to a partial-birth abortion, but in the Illinois state Senate, Obama fought against a Born-Alive Infant Protection Act, designed to offer legal protections to a child who survived an abortion attempt. In one debate in 2002, in a great spasm of ideological ardor, he argued it was acceptable for babies to be killed after they'd exited the womb, since trying to keep this tiny survivor alive "would just burden the original decision of the mother to abort the child."

Obama wouldn't want that gnawing tension across the dinner table: "Mom, why did you want me dead?"

This is the same Sen. Obama that declared in April that he wouldn't want his daughters to be "punished with a baby" for having premarital sex without contraceptives. CBS ignored that, too, as well as ABC. (NBC skipped it except for Tim Russert airing a clip on "Meet the Press.") There is apparently nothing harsh Obama can say about babies that will be considered newsworthy by Barack's disciplined message providers in the media.

Remember all this omission when you see vapid pseudo-journalists like Jon Stewart oozing to Michelle Obama that her family has been "vetted about as much as a family can be vetted." Remember all this when the networks claim the campaign should be about "the issues." Obama's been on the presidential campaign trail for 20 months, and the TV networks are still giving him a pass. At this point, it isn't accidental, nor is it coincidental. It is deliberate.

Brent Bozell

Founder and President of the Media Research Center, Brent Bozell runs the largest media watchdog organization in America.
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