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Monday, June 06, 2005

Why Isn't MSM Challenging Dean's 'Abortions Up Under Bush' Myth?

"Meet the Press" host Tim Russert just sat there listening when Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean claimed "abortions have gone up 25 percent since George Bush was president." Failed president candidate Sen. John Kerry has made the same claim.

The claim is baseless, according to FactCheck.org, a non-partisan group that investigates the factual background for claims made in the national media by representatives across the political spectrum. Professor Glen Stassen of Fuller Theological Seminary first made the false claim, based on his own study of data from 16 states, in an article that appeared last October in Sojourners, a liberal Protestant magazine.

In fact, according to a recent study of data from 44 states by the Alan Guttmacher Institute, the abortion rate has fallen under Bush. You can get the complete story here on Christianity Today's weblog. To its credit, Sojourners has also noted the Guttmacher study.

Curiously, while the Guttmacher study itself has generated significant coverage in the MSM, nno reporter with a major MSM daily or network has asked Dean for a response or a correction. One might think that Russert at least would do so, since Dean first made the claim on "Meet the Press."