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Austin Chronicle’s Jordan Smith is a Planned Parenthood media mouthpiece

Posted in Media Bias, Planned Parenthood media mouthpieces with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 18, 2013 by saynsumthn

Jordan Smith082610_015 Jordon Smith a Perfect example of pro-abortion journalists.

The Austin Chronicle’s reporter Jordan Smith to talk about the “war against women’s reproductive rights” in other words ABORTION!


Event page here:

Of course, abortion giant Planned Parenthood wants in on the fun!!

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Not a total surprise since Jordan Smith of the Austin Chronicle was the 2012 recipient of Planned Parenthood’s Maggie Award, named after the racist and eugenics founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger.

According to a somewhat bragging article posted by the Austin Chronicle Jordan Smith’s award, is to honor Smith’s Austin Chronicle piece “The Destruction of Texas Health Care.”

“I am once again honored to have our work recognized by the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. As access to women’s health care in Texas continues to be threatened by a political dislike of Planned Parenthood by certain lawmakers, it becomes even more important to report and write about the impact on women that these decisions have,” stated Maggie Award recipient Jordan Smith.

Austin Chronicle Politics Editor Michael King elaborated: “We are delighted and honored to learn that Chronicle writer Jordan Smith’s incisive reporting on health care in Texas – and the deleterious effects of political decisions on the lives of women and their families – has once again been recognized for excellence by the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. The state of Texas has unfortunately created a national template for using hypocritical ‘pro-life’ rhetoric as a means of slashing funding for basic health care – thereby undermining the health of women and their children, increasing the number of unplanned births and conceptions, and paradoxically increasing the number of abortions. Smith’s reporting on this preposterous crusade has been steady and indispensable, and it has brought the consequences to a broad and engaged audience. We thank and celebrate PPFA for recognizing this important work.”

Makes you wonder what Jordan’s bias was on these recent articled:

Abortion Law Heads to Court
Suit challenges constitutionality of HB 2
News Feature, Oct. 17, 2013

From ‘Abstinence-Only’ to Plan Z
Reproductive health care for young Texas women is limited, costly … or nonexistent
News Feature, Oct. 10, 2013

Abortion Rights Lawsuit Filed Against State of Texas
News Feature, Oct. 3, 2013



In addition to Jordan Smith- Planned Parenthood has issued the Maggie Award to the following:

PPFA Maggie Award Recipients 2013

• TV News Reporting: Melissa Harris-Perry, MSNBC, for her coverage of the federal and state-level political attacks on women’s health, family planning funding, and health care access
• General Interest Magazine Reporting: Family Circle, for the publication’s coverage, both in print and online, of Let’s Talk Month, encouraging open, healthy discussion between parents and children about issues of sex and sexuality
• Commentary: Katha Pollitt, The Nation, for her “Subject To Debate” column
• Daily/Weekly Print Reporting: Petula Dvorak, The Washington Post, for her sensitive and moving series on transgender children centered around “Transgender at Five”
• Radio Reporting: Maria Hinojosa, National Public Radio, for her July 2012 piece highlighting the danger posed to women by Mississippi state legislators’ efforts to shut down the last remaining abortion provider in the state
• Women’s Magazine: Gretchen Voss and Lisa Bain, Women’s Health, for “Special Report: Are Your Birth Control Rights Endangered?”
• Print and Online Reporting: Kate Sheppard, Mother Jones, for her Clinics-in-Peril series
• Online Reporting: Katie J.M. Baker, Jezebel, for her ongoing original coverage of reproductive health news and legislation
• TV Documentary: Lauren Bosworth, John Ferriter, Howard Lapides, Dr. Drew Pinsky, David Stanley, and Siobhan Walshe, Executive Producers, I’m Positive, MTV
• Digital and Social Media: Ultraviolet, for their Rick Ross/Reebok campaign
• Community/Personal Blog: Pamela Merritt, Angry Black Bitch, for her coverage of the death of Anna Brown
• Youth Media: Seventeen, for the publication’s commitment — in print and online — to ensuring its readers have accurate information about sex, healthy relationships, and their bodies

PPFA Maggie Award Recipients 2012

Commentary: Garry Trudeau, Doonesbury series March 12 – 17, 2012
Daily/Weekly Print Reporting: Jordan Smith, The Austin Chronicle, “The Destruction of Texas Health Care”
General Interest Magazine Reporting: Sarah Blustain, Mother Jones, “In the Name of the Mother”
Women’s Magazine: Jeannine Amber, ESSENCE, “Our Teens’ Secret Sex Lives”
Online Reporting: Laura Bassett, Huffington Post, for her coverage of the recent attacks on women’s health, including the Catholic bishops’ influence on legislation and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation defunding controversy
TV/News Reporting: Diversity Films, Inc., Why Us? Left Behind and Dying
Social Media: Deanna Zandt, Tumblr, “Planned Parenthood Saved Me”
Community/Personal Blog: Denene Millner,, “Let’s Talk About Sex” series

PPFA Maggie Award Recipients 2011

Television: Modern Family and Friday Night Lights
Commentary: Connie Schultz, The Plain Dealer, for: “A Full-Scale Attack on Reproductive Rights”
News Magazine Reporting: Laura Tillman, The Nation, for: “Crossing the Line”
Women’s Magazine Reporting: Amanda Robb, Ms. Magazine, for: “Not a Lone Wolf”
Online Reporting: Ryan Grim, The Huffington Post, for: “Behind the Assault on Planned Parenthood”
Daily and Weekly Print Reporting: Jordan Smith, The Austin Chronicle, for: “The War on Women’s Health”
TV News Reporting: Lawrence O’Donnell, The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell on MSNBC, for his coverage of the recent federal and state-level legislative attacks on women’s health, family planning funding, and the work of Planned Parenthood.

PPFA Maggie Award Recipients 2010

Film: Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire
Commentary: Cynthia Tucker, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, for: “Is Abortion a Racist Plot? Of Course Not” and “Ga. Senate’s New Concern for Black Children”
News Magazine: The Nation for: “Shotgun Adoption”
Women’s Magazine: Glamour for: “The Serious Health Decision Women Aren’t Talking About”
Online Reporting: Lynn Harris,, for: “Our Daughters Should Not Be Cut”
TV News Reporting: The Rachel Maddow Show, MSNBC, for its coverage of the health care reform debate, the murder of Dr. George Tiller and the anti-abortion movement
Special Mention: RH Reality Check, for its coverage of the murder of Dr. George Tiller, health care reform and the Stupak amendment, and the anti-choice movement’s targeting of African-American women.

PPFA Maggie Award Recipients 2009

The CW TV program Privileged – episode: “All About the Power Position”
The American Prospect, “America’s AIDS Apartheid” by Kai Wright. Ann Friedman, Editor
Glamour, “It’s Your Turn to Talk to McCain and Obama” by Cindi Leive, Editor-in-Chief; Jill Herzig, Executive Editor; Linda Kramer Jenning, Washington, DC, Editor; Ellen Kampinsky, News Director; and Geraldine Sealey, Editor
The New Republic, “Life Sentence,” an article debunking the notion that John McCain is a women’s health moderate by Sarah Blustain. Esther Kaplan, Investigative Fund Editor, and Peter Scoblic, Editor
Amanda Robb for her article “Leslee Unruh’s Facts of Life,” published in More, a profile of an anti-choice ideologue
Fiorella Valdesolo for her article “Freedom From Choice,” published in Nylon, highlighting television’s unrealistic portrayals of abortion
Jennifer Wolff Perrine for her article “When There is No Good Choice,” published in SELF, discussing the personal, medical and legal issues surrounding second- and third-trimester abortion
Deborah Kotz, for her extensive work in US News & World Report on reproductive health, pregnancy, sex education, and preventive care

PPFA Maggie Award Recipients 2008

Kate Walsh, actor, for her extensive advocacy efforts on behalf of affordable family planning services and real sex education
ABC-TV for Boston Legal — “The Chicken and the Leg” episode
Cosmopolitan, “The Sneaky Threat to Your Fertility,” by Stacey Colino, and “I Have an STD. Now What?” by Gail O’Connor
Redbook, “Your (very personal) Health at 20, 30, 40, 50,” by Andrea Cooper
Marie Claire, “The Easiest Choice I’ve Ever Made Is Also the Hardest to Live With,” by Gretchen Voss
John Young from the Waco Tribune-Herald for numerous editorials in support of reproductive health and sexuality education
Judy Peres for her extensive body of work in support of reproductive rights and sexual health while at the Chicago Tribune

PPFA Maggie Award Recipients 2007

Cosmopolitan, “Your Gyno Exam: What to Know Before You Go,” by Amanda Pressner
Glamour, “New Lies About Women’s Health,” by Brian Alexander
KTVK-TV Channel 3, Phoenix, Arizona, “Sex Education Varies in Arizona’s Schools” — two-part series, by Brandy Aguilar, producer
New York Daily News, three columns: “Pro-child, pro-choice politics,” “Birds, bees belong in school,” “Voters choose choice — but now …”; by Lenore Skenazy

PPFA Maggie Award Recipients 2006

PBS Frontline for The Last Abortion Clinic
NBC-TV for Boston Legal — “Smile” episode
Sheryl McCarthy, columnist — for her extensive body of work in support of reproductive rights and sexual health
The Kansas City Star for editorials supporting reproductive justice, family planning, and the right to confidential health care
NBC-TV for Law & Order: Special Victims Unit — “Rockabye” episode
La Opinión for “Proposición 73 Olvida lo Principal” (“Proposition 73 Overlooks What Is Key”)
ABC-TV for The George Lopez Show — “Prescription for Trouble” episode
Seventeen magazine for “Vagina 101: What’s Normal, What’s Not”


Glamour magazine for “Yes, You Can Save Women’s Lives”
CBS-TV for Cold Case — “Volunteer” episode
Rev. Tom Davis for Sacred Work: Planned Parenthood and Its Clergy Alliances
Vera Drake


Women’s eNews for overall excellence in reporting on reproductive rights and health
Working Assets for covering reproductive rights and health on and for donating a portion of the proceeds of its various services to nonprofit organizations, including Planned Parenthood


Human Rights Watch for its website,
The WB Television Network for Everwood — “The Kissing Bridge” episode
People magazine for “An Iowa Mystery”
HBO films for Real Woman Have Curves
HBO for Six Feet Under for its unique depiction of sexuality, gay and straight


Ellen Goodman, syndicated columnist for the Boston Globe, special award for consistently insightful opinions about the need to protect women’s reproductive health and rights
San Diego Union-Tribune, for “Girl and Boy, Interrupted”
Ann Telnaes, syndicated cartoonist, Tribune Media Service, for editorial cartoons in support of reproductive rights
Essence magazine for “In Case of Emergency” and “If All Else Fails”
ABC News 20/20 for “Abortion & Terrorism”
MPH Entertainment, Inc. for The History of Sex in the 20th Century
Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. (SIECUS) for its Web site,
NBC-TV for Law & Order: Criminal Intent — “The Third Horseman” episode
NBC-TV for Days of Our Lives for daytime drama about sexual and reproductive health
HBO for Sex and the City for its treatment of sexual and reproductive health issues
Daimler-Chrysler for a television advertisement that uses sexuality in a positive and humorous way
Fast Company magazine for “Planned Parenthood’s 25-Year Plan”


Patt Morrison, columnist, Los Angeles Times — special award for Spontaneous Activism
Los Angeles Times for coverage of reproductive health issues
Glamour magazine for “Why I Risk My Life to Do Abortions”
Richard North Patterson for Protect and Defend
The Dallas Morning News for editorials on family planning
Queen Latifah/Telepictures Productions for “Teens Desperate to Have Babies: Convincing Them to Wait”
Hispanic Radio Network for “Mundo 2000 — International Women’s Day”
The Feminist Majority Foundation for their website,
Joan Osborne for advocacy and education through music
Rod Lurie for The Contender
NBC-TV for Third Watch — “Faith” episode
ABC-TV for General Hospital for daytime drama about sexual and reproductive health


Teen People magazine for coverage of our issues
Mike Peters for cartoons supporting reproductive health and rights issues
Natalie Marie Angier for Woman: An Intimate Geography
Judy Mann for columns covering our issues
NBC-TV for 3rd Rock from the Sun — “Sex and the Sally” episode
MTV/Kaiser Family Foundation for True Life: I Need Sex RX
The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation for their website,
NBC-TV for The West Wing — pilot episode
Ani DiFranco for “Hello Birmingham”
Eve Ensler for The Vagina Monologues
John Irving/Miramax Films for The Cider House Rules


Glamour magazine for “The Truth About Abortion and Women’s Health”
The Village Voice for “Roe v. Wade: 25 Years Later”
The Metro Times for “Matter of the Heart”
Cedar Rapids Gazette (IA) for “Dangerous Liaisons”
Waco Tribune-Herald for columns on reproductive health care and freedom
KCRG-TV for “Dangerous Liaisons”
KRON-TV for “First Cut: AIDS Update”
CBS-TV Cosby — “Now Is The Time, The Walrus Said” episode
Youth Radio for “Youth Voices on Sex” for “Maternal Morality Worldwide: Dying for Motherhood”


Sarasota magazine for “Sex, Lies and Politics”
The Houston Chronicle for editorials on family planning, reproductive rights, and Planned Parenthood
The Washington Post for a series of cartoons on family planning, legislation, and abortion rights by Herb Block
HBO for If These Walls Could Talk
KRON-TV for “First Cut 97-05”
NBC-TV for “The More You Know” PSAs
Hispanic Radio Network for “Buscando la Belleza” (Searching For Beauty and Health)


Self magazine for “What’s New in Birth Control?”
The Nation magazine for Katha Pollitt’s columns on the abortion issue
The Chicago Tribune for “Gambling With Life: Why Parents Defy Odds and Circumstance to Have More Babies”
HBO for The Dying Rooms
HBO for Sandra’s Web: A Mother’s Diary
ABC for Home Improvement — “The Vasectomy One” episode
NBC-TV for Dateline NBC for “The Toughest Choice”


Glamour magazine for “An Abortion Doctor’s Diary of Terror”
Ser Padres magazine for “Niñas Que Son Madres”
The Boston Globe for coverage of December 30 murders at the Brookline, MA, clinics
CNN for “Christian Soldiers”
NBC-TV Dateline for “Dutch Treat”
NBC-TV for Law and Order — “Progeny” episode
Lucky Duck Productions, with Ogilvy Adams and Rinehart, for Smart Sex
Youth Radio for “The Realities of Teen Pregnancy: A Day in My Life by Ayoka Medlock”
Monitor Radio for “Population Perspective”
Honorable Mention
The Beaumont Enterprise (TX) for “Kids Having Kids”


The Nation magazine for “Eastward, Christian Soldiers! Right-to-Lifers Hit Russia”
Concord Monitor (NH) for series “Sex Education — Teen Realities”
Chicago Tribune for series “Saving Our Children: When Kids Have Kids”
Concentric Media and KTEH-TV for When Abortion Was Illegal: Untold Stories
Home Box Office for Talking Sex: Making Love in the ’90s
KSBW-TV for Not Me: Innocence in the Time of AIDS
WBBR 1130 AM for “Condom-Phobics”


The Philadelphia Daily News for “Out of Control”
Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) for editorial cartoon by Rick Cole
Glamour magazine for “Why Do We Romanticize the Fetus?”
Health magazine for “The Birth Control Bind”
Home Box Office for Life Stories: Families in Crisis for “Public Law 106: The Becky Bell Story”
WHSW-TV 24 for “In Your interest/Teen Pregnancy”
Media Works, Inc. for Sex Education in America: AIDS and Adolescence
WHTZ-100 FM for “Z-100 Love Phones”


Glamour magazine for “Where Are the Doctors Who Will Do Abortions?”
The San Diego Union for five-part series “Bedside Planners: Contraception in the ’90s”
The Washington Post for series of cartoons on family planning and legislation by Herb Block
ABC-TV for Roseanne — “A Bitter Pill to Swallow” episode
ABC News for PrimeTime Live for “Lying In Wait”
ABC News for 20/20 for “Is This Our Future?”
KING 5 TELEVISION for Sexual Survival
Monitor Radio for “Women and AIDS”
Honorable Mention
Univision Network News for “Buffalo Anti-Abortion Demonstrations” and for The Cristina Show for “Condomania”


The Washington Post for series of cartoons on family planning and legislation by Herb Block
The Dallas Morning News for six-part series “Sex Lies and Big Brother: Sexual Tyranny in Romania”
Glamour magazine for “Teenage and Pregnant” and “The Politics of Birth Control”
NBC/Carsey Werner Co. for A Different World — “If I Should Die Before I Wake” episode
World Monitor Television for “Women with AIDS”
Capital Cities/ABC, Inc. for Peter Jennings Reporting: The New Civil War


San Francisco Examiner for series of columns on reproductive rights issues by Suzanne Salter
Newsweek magazine for coverage of the abortion issue
Lifetime Television for Ask Me Anything: How To Talk to Kids About Sex
WPLG-TV for “AIDS en la Familia”
Tribune Entertainment, Inc. for The Geraldo Rivera Show — “To Be Gay in the Midst of the AIDS Catastrophe”
NBC-TV for L.A. Law — “Captain Hurt” episode


ABC-TV for 20/20 for “The Abortion Pill”
NBC-TV for “Roe v. Wade” and A Different World — “No Means No” episode
ABC Radio for “American Agenda: Abortion”
New Woman magazine for “A Matter of Life and Love: One Woman’s Story”
Arkansas Gazette for “Children Having Children”


Essence magazine for “A Matter of Choice”
Los Angeles Times for its series “Prenatal Care: Less Costs More”
WSM Radio/Nashville for “AIDS: Plague of the ’80s”
NBC-TV for A Year in the Life — “Things You Should Know Before and After” episode
NBC-TV for outstanding segments on AIDS and young people on Main Street
ABC-TV for outstanding news segments on AIDS and contraceptive technology on Good Morning America and for World News Tonight for its series on world population


ABC-TV for made-for-TV-movie Daddy
NBC-TV for “AIDS Composite”
KING-TV for two-hour documentary Teen Sex: What about the Kids?
Working Woman magazine for feature on “Where ‘Boss’ Stops and ‘Friend’ Begins”
Alabama Journal for a series of articles titled “Teen Pregnancy: An Alabama Tragedy”


NBC-TV for St. Elsewhere — “Boom Boom Womb” and “To Tell the Truth” segments
WIVB-TV for Family Secrets (Documentary)
Vogue magazine for “Selling Chastity: The Sly New Attack on Your Sexual Freedom”
The Washington Post for a six-part series “At Risk: Chronicles of Teen-Age Pregnancy”


ABC-TV for World News Tonight for “Almost Adults”
ABC-TV for 20/20 for “Sex Education”
NBC-TV for Today for “Sex Education”
WJLA-TV for five-part series on “When Babies Have Babies”
NBC Radio for “It Can Happen Anywhere” (child sexual abuse)
WEEI Newsradio for “The Learning Center” (teenage sex and pregnancy)
Youth News, Oakland, CA, for “Heartthrobs and Hormones” (teenage sex and pregnancy)
The Boston Globe for a series of editorials supporting reproductive rights and reproductive health
Mike Peters for an editorial cartoon satirizing the federal government’s position on reproductive rights
Glamour magazine for “The Battle Against Planned Parenthood” (Feature Article)
Glamour magazine for “Why We Can’t Be Silent About Anti-Abortion Tactics” (Feature Article)
Image magazine, Texas Christian University, for “Smart Sex” (Feature Article)
Ms. magazine for “The Fetus and The Law — Whose Life is it Anyway?” (Feature Article)
Time magazine for “The Population Curse” (Cover Story)


ABC News’ 20/20 for “Too Much, Too Soon”
WCBS-TV for “Preventing Teen Pregnancy: The HUB Program”
NBC-TV/UBU Productions/Paramount Television for Family Ties — “Ready or Not” episode
KAMR-TV, KFDA-TV, and KVII-TV (Amarillo, TX) for a unique cooperative effort to promote 1983 National Family Sexuality Education Week
Family Circle magazine for “What Kids Really Want to Know About Sex but Are Afraid to Ask”
Seventeen magazine for “Sex and Your Body”
St. Louis Post-Dispatch for “Children Having Children”
The Bergen Record (NJ) for a series of four editorials


ABC News’ Nightline for “Teen Contraception — The Baltimore Experiment,” “Abortion Clinic Violence,” and “Anti-Abortion Setback” (Television News)
KPIX-TV for “The Snitch Rule” and “Snitch Rule Update” (Television Editorial)
NBC-TV for Family Ties — “Oops” episode (Television Entertainment)
WRKS-FM for “The Stork Doesn’t Work Alone” (Radio Documentary)
Parents magazine for “Genetic Counselors: How They Can Help and How They Can’t” (Magazine Feature)
Los Angeles Times for nine editorials on the subject of reproductive rights (Newspaper Editorial)
Honorable mention certificates to:
KUHT-TV for A Baby Maybe: To Be or Not To Be a Parent (Television Documentary)
WFSB-TV for “Babies Shouldn’t Die” (Television News)
Newsweek magazine for “Infertility” (Magazine Feature)
Family Circle magazine for “How Women Feel About Abortion: An Exclusive Family Circle Survey” (Magazine Feature)
Glamour magazine for “The Battle Over Abortion:” (Magazine News)
Charlotte News and Observer for “Growing Up in the ’80’s” (Newspaper Feature)
Gannett News Service for outstanding coverage of the issues surrounding abortion (Newspaper Feature)


Hearst/ABC Video Services for Where Do Babies Come From? (Television Documentaries)
WDAY-TV for “Opening of the Fargo Abortion Clinic” (Television News)
Glamour magazine for “Contraceptive Update — The Latest on What’s Right or Wrong for You” (Magazine News)
Glamour magazine for “My Abortion — Why It Was The Most Difficult Decision I May Ever Have To Make (Magazine Feature)
Honorable Mention Certificates to
Group W Production for Hour Magazine show featuring Ann Landers speaking out on the need to keep abortion legal (Television Editorial)
WFAA-TV, for a five-part series on infertility (Television Public Affairs)
Seventeen magazine for “Sex and Your Body” (Magazine Feature)
WSB for continuous enlightened programming efforts (Radio Public Affairs)


David Greene/Finnegan Associates for The Choice
Honorable Mention Certificates to
Dan Curtis Associates for “I Think I’m Having a Baby”
The MacNeil/Lehrer Report for “Medicaid Abortion”
Hour Magazine for “How We Can Encourage Teens to Be Sexually Responsible”
David Sawyer and Victoria Hamburg for “So Many Voices: A Look at Abortion in America”


Michael Hirsh and Station WTTW/Chicago Public Television for Guess Who’s Pregnant: An Update


Tandem/Tat Production House: for three television episodes on adolescent pregnancies, in One Day at a Time, Good Times, and In the Beginning

More of Planned Parenthood’s Media Mouthpieces here