Networks Slant Coverage Against Terri's Parents, Survey Shows

By Susan Jones | July 7, 2008 | 8:05 PM EDT

( - A new survey shows how the three network evening newscasts (ABC, NBC, CBS) have tilted their recent coverage of the Terri Schiavo case in ways that bolster her husband Michael's arguments.

At the same time, network reporters have attempted to debunk arguments made by her parents, the Media Research Center (MRC) reported. (The MRC, the parent organization of, documents liberal bias in the media.)

In a report released Tuesday, MRC said its analysts looked at all 31 evening news stories aired between Thursday, March 17 (when the impending removal of Mrs. Schiavo's feeding tube put her case back in the news) and Monday, March 21.

The analysis found that a majority of soundbites (59 percent) repudiated Congress for passing a law that allowed Schiavo's parents, Robert and Mary Schindler, to bring their case to a federal court before their daughter starves to death.

But the condemnations of Congress did not just come from Michael Schiavo and Democrats; some reporters joined in the castigations.

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