February 24, 2024

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A Cap-J Tale of Two Topeka Rallies

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The Topeka Capital-Journal covered two marches on Jan. 21. The headline of one–“Women’s March on Topeka draws thousands, thumps Trump” was far friendlier to protesters and organizers than its coverage of a Kansans for Life Rally on Jan. 23. That headline reads, “Brownback blasts Kansas Court decisions on abortion rights.”

In one cutline for a photo of the Women’s March, the Cap-J used Planned Parenthood’s attendance estimate of 4,000, though Capitol Police estimated attendance at 3,000.

At least the Capital-Journal covered the Kansans for Life rally on Jan. 23, though with slightly less fanfare than it covered the Women’s March. Only a handful of media bothered to cover the annual pro-life rally, which featured the Governor, Lt. Governor, dozens of state legislators, and more than 1,000 attendees. WIBW and the Wichita Eagle also covered the event, calling the protesters “anti-abortion.”  The Eagle article failed to include the term “pro life” a single time.







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