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Monday, February 2, 2009
NewsBusters Ignores Its Own Abortion Labeling Guidelines
Topic: NewsBusters

In a Jan. 30 NewsBusters post taking offense at a anti-abortion ad being described as "anti-abortion," Ken Shepherd writes that "our very own NewsBusters Style Guide has this mandate for our contributors: 'Refer to both sides [of the abortion debate] using their preferred language, pro-life and pro-choice.'"

NewsBusters has a stylebook? Who knew?

Shepherd then goes on to suggest that the use of "anti-abortion" is "pejorative." He doesn't explain why that is -- he's even called out on it by the target of the post, Christianity Today, an editor of whom responded in a update by declaring himself "Proud to be anti-abortion." But more importantly, does NewsBusters actually follows this style tip? 

We found a few posts that make use of "anti-abortion," and Dave Pierre declares that "The goal of the pro-life movement is to eliminate elective abortions," which certainly sounds anti-abortion to us. We also found a couple more that express similar annoyance with the "anti-abortion" term, like this post from Tim Graham, again without explaining why.

We also found numerous violations of the "pro-choice" edict, in which the inaccurate term "pro-abortion" is used.

As we've detailed, if NewsBusters sister organization uses this same style, they too ignore its edicts on abortion labeling.

Posted by Terry K. at 11:17 AM EST

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