A good number of social conservatives regard FOX news as fair and balanced, and a good source of news that other networks choose to lose. This has sometimes, but not always been the case.
It used to be that when a pro-life health care professional was fired, demoted or suffered other kinds of discrimination for their refusal to kill patients, almost no news coverage would result.
Breaking into the news on this issue required the development and use of the internet. Once the information reached critical mass there, it was then possible to get some mainstream media attention. In other words, it had to become sufficiently common knowledge before the media would feel obligated to cover it.
Once the news about being fired for refusing to dispense abortive drugs had sufficient internet attention, and made a few local news papers, and the American Center for Law and Justice put out a press release about a lawsuit, then Bill O’Reilly got interested enough to cover it. Actually many local FOX news reporters inquired and attempted to set up interviews, but their EDITORS could never find the time or means for them to follow up. Instead, FOX news generally left it to NBC,CBS and ABC (and international media) to cover the desire to avoid chemically killing unborn humans as a freak show.
In an interesting contrast, FOX has decided to extensively cover a Nurse who was fired before Christmas for refusing a flu vaccine because she is pregnant. She was fearful of using an vaccines during her current pregnancy because of a recent history of miscarriages. She cites the comparative lack of studies of flu vaccine use during pregnancy. (It’s not uncommon for vaccines to go into general use without extensive safety and efficacy data in various subpopulations.)
Your friendly Pharmer would not be using the flu vaccine at this time of life, if it were not a job requirement. It is possible through personal hygiene practices to significantly reduce the likelihood of infection. Most vaccines, (which confer only partial protection against disease) are more helpful for the people who do not exercise a knowledge of infectious processes in their daily living habits. Kids who are too young to be personally hygienic can benefit from certain vaccines, for example. The population whose Mamas did not teach to wash their hands after going potty would obtain significant overall benefits from such a public health program. Where cleanliness is not possible as a means to prevent disease, the vaccines confer the most benefit. As the “environmental engineering” departments inside hospitals become defunded, due to the crunch of socialized medicine, and the filth becomes apparent to the naked eye, vaccines will become more and more necessary in the United States.
Pharmer feels empathy for the nurse who was fired on Dec 17th, likely after she blew the big dollars on various Christmas preparations. This is basically due to a instinct towards freedom, bodily autonomy, and the right to choose one’s own form of hygiene, as well as having gotten the boot at a similar time of year.
Pharmer is happy that FOX decided to cover the story, so that people can see the heavy hand of governments and corporations encroaching on personal bodily integrity. Prayers for Ms. Dreonna Breton, for her baby-on-board, and her future job prospects in nursing.
Pharmer is still wondering which government bodies and advertisers stopped FOX News from similarly covering those pro-lifers who were fired for refusing to dispense chemically abortive drugs, and left the stories to all of the other U.S. and international media outlets. The decision by FOX News and the U.S. Catholic Bishops to ignore this issue is the reason that that we now face the spectre of the HHS mandate (temporarily stayed by Justice Sonia Sotomayor last night), which will force participating U.S. citizens to be complicit in birth control, sterilization and abortion practices, despite their religious beliefs.
Go to your alternative media for the news that FOX chooses to lose. Lifenews is growing by leaps and bounds, and as an important source of info and events which get NO coverage elsewhere, is worth your attention, and perhaps your monetary support.