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Tuesday, November 19, 2002
 
8:15 AM

John Rosenberg at Discriminations was puzzled by the description of judicial nominee Michael McConnell as an "outspoken" opponent of abortion, and did a little digging:

A quick check on Nexis, however, suggests that the WaPo thinks all opponents of abortion are by definition outspoken, something that is not true for proponents.

A search on the word "outspoken" occurring within seven words of "abortion" in WaPo articles since January 1996 reveals 20 articles mentioning abortion opponents and only 8 mentioning abortion proponents. That 8, however, is misleadingly inflated, since 3 of them referred to Jocelyn Elders, Clinton's Surgeon General, and 1 to a doctor arrested many times for performing abortions. Thus in the Post's coverage outspoken opponents of abortion appear four times more often than outspoken proponents....





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