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offer up $100 for the identities & addresses of 3 TEENAGERS who are fighting for the lives of preborn children.
This is despicable. pic.twitter.com/96JC9b8jQB
— Live Action (@LiveAction) May 6, 2019https://twitter.com/BrianSimsPA/status/1125847366362370048
where state rep @BrianSimsPA
made racist/ageist/bigoted comments to a constituent, where he tried to doxx teens, continuously fails inspections without consequence. Not surprising in the state that knowingly allowed Gosnell to kill/maim women/babies for years. https://t.co/FU9K5wsgs3
— Patricia Heaton (@PatriciaHeaton) May 8, 2019
There is a reason that I held off writing about mainstream news coverage of Rep. Brian Sims and his online activism against people praying at his local Planned Parenthood facility.
To be blunt: I was waiting for some mainstream media coverage of this digital drama. The fact that this took several days is really interesting — from a media-analysis point of view.
Mirror - Image - Device - GetReligionistas - Years
Let’s look at this through the “mirror image” device that your GetReligionistas have been using for years.
Let’s say that a group of LGBTQ demonstrators decided to stage protests outside the doors of the Family Research Council — peacefully reading selections from the latest version of the Book of Common Prayer. The protesters include teens and an older person who is silently using a rainbow rosary.
Politician - Approaches - GOP - Leader - FRC
Then a politician approaches, perhaps a GOP leader who backs the FRC. Using his smartphone to capture the proceedings for online use, he begins berating the gay activists, using language that focuses on age, race and religious beliefs. This evangelical politico also offers to pay viewers $100 for information on the teen-agers, thus helping evangelical activists to “visit” their homes.
All of this is posted online by this member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Coverage - CNN - New - York - Times
How quickly would this draw major coverage at CNN? How about the New York Times? Note: We’re seeking serious, original coverage, not short Associated Press stories or aggregation reports built on clips from online chatter (see this Washington Post item).
Eventually, The Philadelphia Inquirer — to its credit — followed up on the explosion of Twitter activity on this topic. The lede did use a mild version of the “Republicans pounce!” theme, but took the issue seriously. Here is a key chunk of that breakthrough mainstream-news media report:
Video - Sims - Woman - Girls - Teens
In one video, Sims approaches a woman and three girls who appear to be in their teens...
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