Major Networks Cover Royal Birth, Ignore Dying UK Toddler
the birth of one baby, what can’t they spare one second for a dying toddler?
Center’s website Newsbusters.org where she serves as the associate culture editor.
April 23 to the birth of the third child to William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of
Cambridge. She also found the very same programs ignored the story of another
infant — Baby Alfie — that was playing out in another hospital in Britain. Alfie Evans
was taken off life support at the hospital against his parents wishes the very same day.
covering one versus the other. The day the royal baby is born was the same exact
day Alfie was taken off a ventilator.
is facing death. That made me want to look into this,” Yoder said in a telephone
interview with CBN News.
the Alfie Evans story, Yoder also ponders why the major networks have so far failed
to mention Tom and Kate Evans fight in the U.K. courts to save their son’s life. So
why no network coverage for the 23-month-old toddler?
was also in the legal courts — Charlie Gard. The networks actually did cover him,
but only after Pope Francis and President Trump chimed in,” Yoder noted.
He’s met with the father of Alfie. Italy is ready to welcome Alfie into the county and
admit him to a Vatican hospital and the networks haven’t said anything. I think it
speaks to how the networks, in general, have a history of being wary when it comes
to covering issues that the pro-life movement is concerned about,” she explained.
have given to the March for Life over a four-year period. According to the MRC,
in 2016, the nets devoted 21 minutes, 52 seconds to the march (they gave 3.4 times
more coverage to the Women’s March). In 2015, only CBS mentioned the march,
allotting 15 seconds. In 2014, the networks devoted 46 seconds (yet, ABC, NBC,
and CBS spent six times that on the National Zoo’s new panda cub and four-and-a-half
times that on the Climate March). In 2013, it was just 17 seconds of coverage devoted
to the march.
that Pope Francis is concerned about is baffling,” she told CBN News.
baby and that’s fine. But if they can cover nearly a half hour on the birth of this British
baby, why can’t they spare a second for a dying toddler who also has international
support? she asked.
come up with the 28:03 of coverage devoted to the birth of the royal baby. MRC Culture
watched the evening news shows April 23 and the morning news shows April 24 of
the three broadcast networks (ABC, CBS, NBC).
(such as interviews with doctors on childbirth). In addition to full segments, MRC
counted shorter commentary in the shows, but not teasers. MRC Culture also searched
for “Alfie Evans” in Nexis transcripts.