On Friday, January 22, the Chicago Tribune did not mention that it
was the 37th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision nor that
for the past 36 years the March for Life has been held on that day on
the Mall of Washington as a strong and growing cultural resistence to
that dubious Supreme Court decision.

Okay, it was the day of. I decided to give it another day.
Meanwhile, I noticed that on page 3 of the Trib on Friday, in a big and
colorful news story that took up fully the top third of the page,
coverage was given to the rallies being staged by supporters of Tonight
Show host Conan O’Brien, protesting NBC’s treatment of the late night
comedian. (No, I’m not going to put up links, because it’s ridiculous,
relatively speaking…)

I wanted to see what the Chicago Tribune would give to coverage of
the largest March for Life in history yesterday, with over 300,000
people amassing on the Mall of Washington and speakers ranging from
Protestant, Catholic and Jewish hierarchy, pro-life celebrities and
women who regretted their abortions (first hand spokespersons, there).
And politicians from the halls and floors of Congress battle over
health care reform and whether it will include federal funding for
abortion.

So I waited until the day after the March, when all this information
would be available. Unless I missed something, (in which case, I
apologize), I saw nothing on the massive March for Life and the
‘elephant on the table’ story completely and egregiously overlooked
while, on page 3 again, a cutesy little story appeared again about the
loyal supporters of Conan O’Brien and their reaction to his last
Tonight Show. Fine, for the pop culture.

With all due respect to Mr. O’Brien….

The March for Life story is of much more import. And it was nowhere to be found.

C’mon, Trib editors. You are capable of high standards. You
increasingly lose credibility when you cave like this. (I mean, the
victory of Scott Brown in Massachusetts on p. 14 the day after….?)

You are capable of better.

Sheila Liaugminas

Sheila Liaugminas is an Emmy award-winning Chicago-based journalist in print and broadcast media. Her writing and broadcasting covers matters of faith, culture, politics and the media....