RE­PEAT­ING THE MAMMO-MYTH

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS -

“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.”

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