NPR In Yakima – Where A Baby is Not A Baby
Fans of National Public Radio (NPR) in Yakima listen to FM 88.5 KYVT. On a national level NPR likes to say it is unbiased in its approach to coverage of politics and political issues but you don't need a carpenter's level to see that their content leans left.
The Patriot Post is pointing to the left leaning conclusion as they remind us of NPR's position in reporting on unborn babies.. "That’s the only conclusion to be drawn after the publicly funded radio network recirculated longstanding instruction to its staff to avoid referring to unborn babies as “babies” or “the unborn” and rather only use the term “fetus.”
NPR editor and Science Desk correspondent Joe Neel gave the following instructions to staff:
The term “unborn” implies that there is a baby inside a pregnant woman, not a fetus. Babies are not babies until they are born. They’re fetuses. Incorrectly calling a fetus a “baby” or “the unborn” is part of the strategy used by antiabortion groups to shift language/legality/public opinion. Use “unborn” only when referring to the title of the bill (and after President Bush signs it, the Unborn Victims of Violence Law). Or qualify the use of “unborn” by saying “what anti-abortion groups call the ‘unborn’ victims of violence.” The most neutral language to refer to the death of a fetus during a crime is “fetal homicide.”
NPR reporters covering national news have no doubt been exposed to recent legislation and conversation regarding :"heart beat abortion thresholds", only they better not call them that in their reporting.
The Patriot Post clarifies, “fetal heartbeat” is “their term” — meaning, those pro-life yokels — so don’t refer to it that way when discussing laws like those in Georgia and Alabama. This is yet another example of the word games leftists play to obfuscate clear and objective reality, while at the same time claiming that it is conservatives who are guilty of engaging in a lie."
SO what's behind NPR's position? Why, journalist integrity, right? Trouble is they write with an assumed authority by the listeners. What NPR says and how they say it are seen as gospel by NPR fans and by taking this approach, intentional or not (I have a pretty good guess on that) they are-Pas the Patriot Post puts it, creating "bias listeners against the humanity of the unborn child ."
Don't forget, some of your tax dollars go to support NPR broadcasts.