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Excellent critique of bias in New York Times abortion coverage

By Phil Lawler ( bio - articles - email ) | Jun 19, 2013

The New York Times provided front-page coverage for the vote in the US House of Representatives on a bid to ban late-term abortions. Unfortunately it wasn’t news coverage. It was a thinly disguised editorial, argues Joe Carter in a devastating critique on the Patheos site.

The vote was “partisan,” the Times headline reported accurately. The Times coverage matched.

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: Eric - Jan. 29, 2018 8:40 AM ET USA

    You are correct Phil. What will happen in a few years it that the discernment process will become a "formality", with the end results preordained. The sad thing is I truly believe that this is NOT what the Holy Father intends, but his ill advised actions will produce this result.

  • Posted by: feedback - Jan. 27, 2018 11:08 AM ET USA

    Great points. In this case, "process" and "discernment" are important-sounding buzzwords used to impress laymen, but the Church, our Mother and a Teacher of Faith, has already conducted a proper process of discernment and made it a rule to follow, saying that all Catholic faithful need to live in the state of grace in order to receive the Holy Communion worthily. A new, individual "process of discernment," even when assisted by a cleric, does not overrule the official discernment of the Church.

  • Posted by: DrJazz - Jan. 26, 2018 7:43 PM ET USA

    I went through a lengthy discernment process recently. Amazingly enough, I discerned that I should be able to do whatever I want, whenever I want.