I’ve gotten so many emails and updates on the Komen funding, that it’s been hard to keep track of who said what during which ridiculous interview. Luckily, there’s at least one article out there urging the media to do right by all the parties involved and at least acknowledge that a good number of people actually support the withdrawal of funds from Planned Parenthood.
Even if some forms of partiality are inevitable, journalists betray their calling when they simply ignore self-evident truths about a story.
Three truths, in particular, should be obvious to everyone reporting on the Komen-Planned Parenthood controversy. First, that the fight against breast cancer is unifying and completely uncontroversial, while the provision of abortion may be the most polarizing issue in the United States today. Second, that it’s no more “political” to disassociate oneself from the nation’s largest abortion provider than it is to associate with it in the first place. Third, that for every American who greeted Komen’s shift with “anger and outrage” (as Andrea Mitchell put it), there was probably an American who was relieved and gratified.