Luke Macias calls out the Texas Tribune for avoiding the obvious topic in their recent interview with Abortion Barbie:
Now, the Tribune neglecting to interview pro-life Texans on abortion, and Evan’s dodge of my questions on their perspective isn’t too surprising, considering the usual lean of the news media. What places all this in crystal clear focus, however, was Evan’s much-touted interview with Wendy Davis at the Tribfest a few days ago.Now that's a GREAT question; read the whole thing here.
This was, far and away, the most disappointing interview I’ve seen Evan give.
Wendy Davis wouldn’t be running for Governor if it weren’t for her marathon filibuster against a bill that would ban abortions after 5 months of pregnancy and add higher safety standards on abortion clinics. Despite this, her opposition to this bi-partisan legislation was never even addressed.
Evan Smith has made an art form out of playing Devil’s advocate in Tribune interviews. But when it came to Wendy, he gave a very minor mention of abortion at around the 6:30 mark of the interview, and then quickly moved on to “more important” matters.
When dealing with such a skilled newsman, there’s no possibility he ran out of time, or simply forgot to address the topic. No, what we witnessed this weekend was simply willful neglect of the issue that has spring boarded Davis into the Governor’s race and led to an explosion in hype for left-leaning Texas candidates.
Why not ask why Wendy opposed legislation supported by not only Republicans, but Democrats legislators as well? Why not ask why she opposes banning abortions after 5 months, a measure supported by the majority of Texans? Why not ask why abortion clinics should not be held to stronger safety standards?
The answer is simple. Democrats, and a far too often compliant media, want to ignore the abortion issue because they are desperately out of touch with the American people on the issue. Evan has been superb at asking the tough questions of our elected leaders, but this weekend he went out of his way to set a narrative for Wendy Davis in her race for Governor.
Let’s be clear, Senator Davis is a Harvard graduate and has deftly navigated the Texas political maze to make a run for Governor, but her defense of late-term abortion is the singular issue that catapulted her to stardom amongst the pundits in Austin and Washington. I hate to say it, but the Tribune is held up by many as a new way of reporting the news, as non-partisan and designed to bring important information to the masses. What we saw this weekend, however, is nothing short of journalistic malpractice.
I have to ask you, why treat Wendy Davis differently than the other newsworthy officeholders and candidates you interview? How did Texas’ leading professional contrarian forget to ask a candidate for Governor of Texas about her views on abortion and how they differ from the vast majority of Texans?