By Tim Graham
PBS and NPR are funded by taxpayers – federal, state, and local. But they’re “owned” by the Left. Look no further than a very biased Planned Parenthood study fishing numbers out of the air to assert that there were more than 64,000 “people” who became pregnant from rapes in red states with abortion bans. No one who would criticize or even question this effort was allowed on air. The stories were unanimous.
On Thursday, the PBS NewsHour brought on Dr. Samuel Dickman to discuss his study, published by the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. Anchor John Yang pointed out that Dickman is chief medical officer for Planned Parenthood of Montana. Yang asked “Is there anything in what you found in your study that surprised you?” and then added “you’re saying that this could actually be an undercount.”
Notice Dr. Dickman admitted “these are just estimates.” Yang continued with the facilitation: “Why did you undertake this study?” And: “As we mentioned, there are five states that do have exceptions for rape, but under very tight restrictions. Given those restrictions, how meaningful are those exceptions?” This PBS-pampered abortionist said they were meaningless.
The PBS NewsHour website provided a second promotion, an article by health reporter Laura Santhanam that was just as one-sided.
On Wednesday, NPR’s comically named All Things Considered aired a story by reporter/abortion advocate Selena Simmons-Duffin that never considered any critics. Instead, the soundbites came from the doctor from Planned Parenthood – oh, wait, the reporter never mentioned Planned Parenthood, Dr. Dickman was just an “abortion provider” – another doctor endorsing the research named Rachel Perry, and a rape victim that guessed this was an undercount.
For an opposing viewpoint, Michael New trashed this research at National Review:
First, the authors of the study claim that approximately 12.5 percent of rapes result in a conception. That is an exceptionally high figure. The results of a survey of over 4,000 women that was published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1996 puts that figure at closer to 5 percent. Furthermore, the 5 percent figure cited in this 1996 journal article is probably high because several survey respondents reported being raped more than once.
Second, there are extremely wide disparities in reported rape statistics. The authors use data from the CDC’s 2016–17 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, which estimated that over 1.4 million women were the victims of a completed forcible rape during a twelve-month period. That is over four times higher than the estimates provided by the Department of Justice’s National Crime Victimization Survey and over ten times higher than FBI data on the number of rapes reported to law enforcement. Furthermore, the CDC data have been criticized for significantly overestimating the incidence of rape. Fair-minded researchers would have at least acknowledged these disparities. However, the authors of the JAMA Internal Medicine article simply assume that the much higher CDC estimates are the most accurate.
They want you to think that “public broadcasting” is so professional that it thoroughly reviews “studies” like these. But the actual stories suggest they are barely considered “rip and read” segments that amount to a press release. They weren’t alone: New pointed out “This study was quickly and uncritically covered by a number of mainstream media outlets including CNN, NBC News, the Houston Chronicle, Axios, Time, and the Huffington Post.”
Editor’s note. This appeared at Newsbusters and reposted with permission.