Sunday 23 July 2017

Media ignoring happy ending for abortion-order teen is fake news

The annual Rally for Life march at Merrion Square, in Dublin. Photo: Fergal Phillips
The annual Rally for Life march at Merrion Square, in Dublin. Photo: Fergal Phillips
David Quinn

David Quinn

Media bias is the functional equivalent of fake news. Fake news is intended to deceive and mislead the public. Media bias may not seek to deceive but it has the same effect of misleading the public by giving only one side of the story. Media bias is a huge problem in Ireland, so bad it is a problem for the healthy functioning of Irish democracy.

We got an excellent example of media bias over the last few days and unless you were reading this newspaper you would know nothing about it. On Saturday, the Irish Independent gave us more details about the case of the pregnant, suicidal teenager who was initially refused an abortion after she was referred to psychiatrists under the Protection of Human Life in Pregnancy Act of 2013.

What we now know, or rather what some of us now know, is that the girl, 16 years of age and almost 24 weeks' pregnant when she was referred to psychiatrists, had the baby and the baby is now living with her and her family.

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