This week’s Liberal Media Scream features maybe the three most ridiculous words we’ve heard lately from a TV network: “We have standards.”
In this case, they were aired by an abortion activist who jumped from CBS to Planned Parenthood.
Kate Smith, who last month moved from CBS News to a newly created position at Planned Parenthood, senior director of news content, on Sunday denied her abortion activism came through in her reporting. On CNN’s Reliable Sources, she insisted: “We have standards, we have lawyers. Before anything goes on-air, there’s a thorough review of what’s going on.”
Showing her hostility to her critics, she said, “I think these people just don’t understand how newsrooms actually work, they don’t have that kind of experience.”
From Sunday’s Reliable Sources on CNN:
BRIAN STELTER: Last year, though, National Review, the conservative outlet, called you — two years ago — “Planned Parenthood’s ambassador to CBS.” They said you were posing as a reporter and constructing articles that more closely resemble press releases than news. So, that was the charge when you were at CBS and now, you’re at Planned Parenthood. How do you react to the conservatives who said you were biased in your CBS coverage?
KATE SMITH, PLANNED PARENTHOOD: Look, if you’re a blogger online, you might not realize all of the different layers that someone goes through before they publish a piece, before they go on-air. We have standards, we have lawyers. Before anything goes on-air, there’s been a thorough review of what’s going on. So, I stand by every article I write.
And I would say making that accusation, you’re playing into the Right. Anybody who doesn’t fall by their rules, who isn’t anti-abortion, is against them. So, if you’re trying to cover this from a neutral point of view and you’re including both sides, they automatically think you are against them because they view doctors as anti — or, excuse me, for abortion. And they view them as biased, even though these are doctors we’re talking about.
So, I really reject all that criticism. Again, I think these people just don’t understand how newsrooms actually work, they don’t have that kind of experience. But yeah, completely reject that criticism.
Brent Baker, vice president of research and publications for the Media Research Center, explains our weekly pick: “What a perfect encapsulation of the arrogance of the elite press corps. Conservatives joked that Smith, when at CBS News, was little more than a propagandist for Planned Parenthood. Then she proves it by joining the abortion group’s staff. Yet, she denigrates her critics as uniformed louts, claiming CBS ‘has standards,’ but apparently not standards that weed out an activist with a specific political agenda.”
Rating: FOUR out of FIVE SCREAMS.