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High Court Ends With a Media Crash

By Bill Donohue | June 30, 2022 | 11:51am EDT
Featured is the outside of a Washington Post bureau. (Photo credit: YouTube/Wash Post Life)
Featured is the outside of a Washington Post bureau. (Photo credit: YouTube/Wash Post Life)

The Supreme Court ends its 2021-2022 term Thursday. It also ends a particularly embarrassing time for the media. 

On June 24, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to overturn Roe v. Wade; it also ruled 6-3 to uphold the Mississippi law banning abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. Astonishingly, many media outlets got the story wrong. 

The following media outlets incorrectly reported that the decision to overturn Roe was 6-3:

Washington Post 

USA Today

Yahoo

Fox News

New York Post

New York Daily News

Daily Caller

Washington Free Beacon

Forbes

Fortune

The Hill

New York Magazine

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Chicago Sun Times

New York Times (it had it right in an online news story but wrong in the headline)

Seasoned journalists should have known from the leaked draft of the decision that it was going to be a 5-4 decision. They also should have known that Supreme Court Justice John Roberts was likely to uphold the Mississippi law, while siding with the minority in the ruling to overturn Roe

It is no wonder that a large majority of Americans do not trust the media. 

Bill Donohue is president and CEO of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, the nation's largest Catholic civil rights organization. He was awarded his Ph.D. in sociology from New York University and is the author of nine books and many articles.

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