Friday, July 05, 2013

Media Matters of America, 5 July, 2013

"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." - Franklin D. Roosevelt. While enjoying this holiday weekend, try reflecting on our progress as a nation, and what media outlets have to say about that.  
John Whitehouse
Twitter: @existentialfish

The Facts About Abortion Access

Due to new proposals that would severely limit access to abortion in Texas, Ohio, and North Carolina, the issue of reproductive rights has been in the news recently. Unsurprisingly, there's quite a bit of misinformation out there. Here are the facts:
Related: Amanda Marcotte at Slate explains how abortions have proven to be medically safe:; Zachary Pleat compares conservative worries about health safety to those of doctors and medical professionals:

Wildfires And Climate Change

In 2009, a report commissioned by the Bush administration concluded that climate change was substantially increasing the risks of wildfires. And yet, as Max Greenberg and our climate team found, media coverage of wildfires has barely mentioned climate change:

They Killed The GOP Rebrand

Immediately after President Obama won reelection, there was talk of a GOP rebrand. Sean Hannity even endorsed a path to citizenship for a while. But Rush Limbaugh and right-wing radio never bought it. Simon Maloy charts how Limbaugh's resistance eventually infected the entire party:
Related: Rush Limbaugh argues that the real victim was not Trayvon Martin, but instead George Zimmerman.

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