Don Wycliff, public editor of the Chicago Tribune, admitted in his column today that "some of our failures have been egregious."
In referring to recent stories dealing with abortion, particularly the Partial-Birth abortion ban, Wycliff wrote:
The perspective of those who define the issues involved in terms of "choice" was taken as normative, and the position of those who disagree with them and define the issues differently was characterized in "choice" terms. The result was two headlines that couldn't have been more slanted if they had come directly from the public relations office of NARAL Pro-Choice America.
He also described how a letter from Bill Beckman, the executive director of the Illinois Right to Life Committee, was edited by the Tribune so that "each of his uses of 'pro-life' was changed to 'anti-abortion...'"
Those who seek to have good called evil and evil called good first seek to change the language with which we speak of good and evil. Nowhere has that been more apparent than with abortion.