False pre­sump­tion

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

“Television an­chors must com­press com­pli­cated sub­jects into sim­ple sen­tences, but on [May 11] NBC’s Brian Wil­liams de­liv­ered too sim­ple of a pre­sump­tion when he set up a story, on Rudy Gi­u­liani’s latest at­tempt to ex­plain his abor­tion po­si­tion, by try­ing to paint Repub­li­cans as out of the main­stream as he as­serted that ‘most Amer­i­cans be­lieve a wo­man has a right to an abor­tion. Most Repub­li­cans do not.’ ” the Me­dia Re­search Cen­ter ’s Brent Baker wr ites at www.mrc.org.

“While it’s true that most don’t want abor­tion com­pletely banned un­der all cir­cum­stances, the ma­jor­ity fa­vor re­stric­tions on such a ‘right,’ and only 16 per­cent, ac­cord­ing to a Fe­bru­ary Wash­ing­ton Post poll, want it ‘le­gal in all cases.’ And in­ter­est­ingly, the latest abor tion poll on the PollingRe­port.com’s abor tion page, a May 4-6 sur vey by CNN/Opin­ion Re­search Cor­po­ra­tion, dis­cov­ered that 50 per­cent iden­ti­fied them­selves as ‘pro-life,’ com­pared to a mi­nor­ity of 45 per­cent who called them­selves ‘prochoice.’ NBC’s own late-April poll found that, by a fairly solid 53 to 34 per­cent, most agreed with the Supreme Court’s de­ci­sion up- hold­ing the fed­eral law ban­ning ‘par­tial-birth’ abor­tions.”

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