REPEATING THE MAMMO-MYTH
“Two years ago, the Washington Post ‘Fact Checker’ declared it was a ‘Three Pinocchios’ lie to claim (or imply) Planned Parenthood offers mammograms. Boss Cecile Richards admitted they while they do breast exams, they have no mammogram machines. They said ‘supporters should drop this talking point.’ But the most liberal news outlets still spread this untruth,” writes Tim Graham, executive editor of NewsBusters, the conservative press watchdog.
He cites a new National Public Radio report on Planned Parenthood which listed mammograms among Planned Parenthood’s services, also referring to President Trump’s efforts to defund the organization.
The report, Mr. Graham says, ultimately supported a persistent, politicized narrative.
“This is part of an overall trend among Republican legislators and President Trump who’ve been showing a lot of hostility towards women’s reproductive health,” NPR’s health policy correspondent Alison Kodjak noted on the air.
“NPR spreads the old lie that Planned Parenthood offers mammograms. There was no balance in this report,” Mr. Graham said, equating the correspondent with “a publicist for Planned Parenthood.”