By Brent Baker | January 26, 2013 | 21:31
The annual pro-life march, this year marking the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v Wade decision, drew tens of thousands to Washington, DC on Friday, but didn’t garner a syllable of coverage on Friday’s World News on ABC nor the CBS Evening News. Yet on Saturday night, both newscasts highlighted a pro-gun control protest in DC which CBS anchor Jim Axelrod pegged at drawing “close to a thousand people.”
The NBC Nightly News noted both protests and on Friday night also reported how a federal appeals court unanimously decided that President Obama violated the Constitution when he made recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board, a rebuke neither ABC nor CBS found newsworthy.
Williams next set up a piece from Pete Williams on a “big legal setback” for the Obama administration, a setback ignored by ABC and CBS on Friday and Saturday night:
While ABC on Friday night didn’t find time for either the pro-life march or the court ruling, anchor Diane Sawyer made time for an update on the supposed controversy over complaints Subway’s “foot-long” subs are sometimes only eleven inches long. Horrors. Sawyer allocated 28 seconds to this:
Sawyer also made room for 22 seconds to relay how Friday was Jack Lew’s last day as chief of staff at the White House and the first for his replacement, Denis McDonough, followed by a full story from Jon Karl on how Hillary Clinton’s glasses have lines in the lenses designed to help her double-vision following her concussion.
After a clip of Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton declaring “the gun lobby can be stopped, my friends, they can be stopped,” correspondent Reena Ninan concluded her full story: “Voices in the crowd taking the first steps in a long push to reform the nation’s gun control laws.”
Saturday CBS Evening News anchor Jim Axelrod had a short item on the gun protest, leading into a full story on how women who own guns view the proposed new gun control measures:
Close to a thousand people marched in Washington, D.C. today, appealing for more gun control legislation. That included roughly a hundred from Newtown, Connecticut. Among them, Stacy McCoy Blinn. Her son was friends with Chase Kowalski, one of 20 first graders and six adults killed at Sandy Hook elementary school.
BLINN: We want to have safe schools, safe towns, safe cities, safe states, and a safe country. And if that means getting rid of the guns that means getting rid of the guns.
AXELROD: Some supporters of gun rights say there’s been a voice that's been muffled in this debate, if not missing altogether. The one belonging to female gun owners. Here’s Nancy Cordes.
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