Why don’t anti-choice marches get much coverage?


Totally not about tyranny.

Now there’s a question.

It’s not often that I agree with the fetus fetishists, but on the issue of media coverage of their March for Reproductive Enslavement, they might actually have a point.

Going back to a previous post about the March for No Choice, I’m totally unsurprised to find out that my Prediction #6 was a dead-on bullseye — the griping and whining about lack of media coverage started before the last forced pregnancy marcher had packed up his dead fetus porn and called it a day. But googling for news on the event, I think for once (maybe the first time ever) they’re not lying or being paranoid or just babbling and writhing in the ecstatic throes of a persecution high: apart from the Ottawa Citizen, it looks like hardly any trad media covered the Fetus Fete. (I heard the Globe & Mail ran something about it, but was unable to find the article.)

While I’m not unhappy about this cold media shoulder, it seems a little odd. No, 10,000 isn’t massive (I’ve been to hockey games that drew more), and it’s a long way from being a game-changer as far as abortion rights go, but I wonder if the media would be so apathetic if 10,000 of anything else besides fetus fetishists showed up en masse on Parliament Hill.

Or maybe it’s not so odd. This thing is an annual event that’s been going on for over 10 years, and it’s the same thing year in and year out: a few thousand people swarm the capital, twitching and jabbering in a delirious Jesus-driven frenzy about abortion and the sanctity of embryos — it’s been done and done and done again, nothing new to report. Or possibly the media’s realized what many of us have long suspected… that this isn’t a protest as much as an astroturfed fauxtest, with the numbers of the piously brain-damaged and clinically psychotic padded by schoolkids bribed into attending. (Where were all “da yoot” last summer when Dr. Morgentaler’s Order of Canada was being lamely protested?)

Or it could be something else. Interestingly, the fetus fetishists weren’t whining (much) 3 years ago when CTV covered their little shindig. It was 2006, the Harper conservatives had just stumbled into power and anti-choicers wanted their pound of electoral flesh in the form of an overhauled abortion policy — something many, not just the media, wondered if Canada’s (scary) New Government might actually do. Now that we all know this issue is something that even the CPC won’t touch with the proverbial 10-foot pole, the media has lost interest. It seems that an event is only as newsworthy as its potential to actuate change — and that’s bad news for anti-choicers, because the media doesn’t set trends, it reflects them.

To paraphrase McLuhan, the media is the message and the message is: it’s over.

18 Responses to “Why don’t anti-choice marches get much coverage?”

  1. 1 Simon Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    No JJ No !!! You don’t agree with the fetush fetishists you’re just being generous. Which is what I think Jim Hughes was being when he pegged the crowd at 10,000. Knowing their propensity for hallucinations I’d estimate it was probably half that number. But you’re right about something. One way or the other the message is IT’S OVAH….. 🙂

  2. 2 Reality Bites Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 3:32 am

    Remember when you were a kid and did something stupid and annoying like insisting on coming to dinner in your bathing suit and your mother’s high heels and pearls for three weeks, and your parents just ignored it?


  3. 3 Robert McClelland Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 3:55 am

    The fetus fetishists shouldn’t be concerned about why the media is ignoring them but why the conservative media is ignoring them.

  4. 4 JJ Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 4:42 am

    Simon – I hate to agree with them on anything, but it’s true, they don’t get much MSM coverage. Even the 50 white supremacists who gathered in Calgary last year got more media attention… I’m just wondering if it’s because the protest is past its best before date (since they were getting some coverage a few years ago).

    As for crowd estimates, I haven’t seen what the cops estimated the crowd at, but I have no doubt that it was bigger than usual — they’ve been hyping it for months, 40th anniversary etc etc., so if the crowd was smaller it would have been a real surprise.

  5. 5 JJ Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 4:42 am

    RB – 😆 Ahhh, now it all makes sense 😉

  6. 6 JJ Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 4:46 am

    Robert – I agree, that should be a real concern for them. Other than Coren, I don’t think the NatPo covered it either, and that is one place I expected to see some coverage. (But watch during the next few days as their “independent columnists” chime in… there’ll be a lot of bitching and whining for sure.)

  7. 7 hemmingforddogblog Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 5:06 am

    Didn’t LifeSite have a MASSIVE coverage? SUZANNE covered it! 🙂

  8. 8 JJ Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 5:17 am

    SQ – I said “mainstream”, not “whackostream” 😉

  9. 9 Torontonian Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 6:27 am

    The Orange Lodge parade goes past my building every July
    and it gets zero publicity before the event and onlookers
    are puzzled by the goings-on of these strange people.

    Fortunately, it’s usually over in 15 minutes.

    SOSAD Same Old Song and Dance.

  10. 10 Reality Bites Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 9:33 am

    I can remember when the Toronto Pride parade was always the lead item on the CBC and CTV national newscasts (taking place on the slowest newsday of the week didn’t hurt). I doubt it will be the first news item this year. It may attract 800 times more people as the March on Ottawa claims, celebrities and politicians real people have heard of, but it’s not really all that newsworthy, is it?

  11. 11 deBeauxOs Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    Indeed. The media has become so jaded that guys parading in their Speedos, their mothers’s high heels and pearls are no longer outré.

  12. 12 Phatbiker Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    The MSM is sick of, bored with these wing-nuts like the rest of us, they are just background noise with silly signs. We adults have more important shit to worry about.

  13. 13 Reality Bites Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    deBeauxOs are you suggesting JJ’s a gay icon?

  14. 14 JJ Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    RB – The bathing suit I wore wasn’t a speedo! Although I have to admit I kind of like the idea of being a Gay Icon. Like Bette Midler!

  15. 15 JJ Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 7:59 pm

    Torontonian – It’s also the same old-same old every year — I’m starting to think this is why this march for life doesn’t get any attention. We get it already, they hate abortion. Next!

  16. 16 JJ Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 8:06 pm

    RB – As marriage equality becomes more and more a part of the landscape, pride parades may not be quite as newsworthy as they were maybe 5 years ago, but they’re still fun so people will still watch the coverage. The pride parade is a blast — way more creative and fun than the fetus fetishist march which is basically an exercise in pious indignance.

  17. 17 JJ Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    deBeauxOs – I love the guys in their speedos and high heels! They’re the best! 😛

  18. 18 JJ Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 8:09 pm


    We adults have more important shit to worry about.

    “Important shit” 😆

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