Media Bias at Work

WorldNetDaily.com ran an article on January 10, 2005 entitled "Consumer Reports advocates abortion." It said:

"Consumer Reports, the respected magazine that has advised Americans on everything from new car purchases to which electric can opener to buy, has published a list of birth-control options that includes abortion, complete with a section describing how the procedure gets rid of a pregnant mother's "uterine contents."

"The main report, which is available in the February issue and online, analyzes various brands of condoms for strength and reliability.

"Along with the condom report, Consumer Reports provides both a comparative guide to other contraceptive methods and a page entitled "Birth control: More and safer choices," which includes discussion of abortion.

"Some pro-life activists are shocked at the magazine's promotion of abortion as a birth-control method."


Opponents of abortion have criticized the magazine for failing to list the downsides and alternatives to abortion, and for referring readers to Planned Parenthood, the nation's No. 1 abortion provider.

You can read the full story here.

Consumer Reports is published by the nonprofit Consumers Union. It takes no advertising, saying its mission is to "work for a fair, just and safe marketplace for all consumers and to empower consumers to protect themselves."

What the Consumer Reports failed to mention in it's 'Report' is that the president and CEO of the Consumers Union, James A. Guest, once led the Maryland branch of Planned Parenthood.

Read the article here.

The British Medical Journal online asks that contributers admit to any competing interests. Perhaps we should be asking the same of journalists, editors, and owners of newspapers and television channels.