In the wake of the shooting at a Colorado Planned Parenthood there have been a flurry of articles on various aspects of the issue. Two of these are the CNN article titled “Planned Parenthood shooting suspect appears in court” and the Breitbart article with the very different title “Paul Ryan Calls for Mental Health Overhaul After Planned Parenthood Shooting”. I consider CNN to be a somewhat straight news outlet with reporting that is usually free from huge amounts of bias. However, the same cannot be said for Breitbart, which is a clearly conservative site, and this definitely shows in these articles. Whereas the CNN article focuses on the court appearance and the pending legal case; reporting on the setting, the accused, and the ongoing investigation, Breitbart’s piece is about the statement of conservative politician Paul Ryan concerning overhauling the mental healthcare system.
The CNN frame is definitely more of a straight news one, choosing to focus on what transpired and what seems to have been the motivation behind the incident. They mention the issue of the accused’s anti-abortion statements at the time of the shooting. Breitbart on the other hand frames the issue as one about mental illness and doesn’t mention the abortion issue at all in connection to the shooter, only that “Democrats and abortion-rights supporters have gone after conservatives by saying that their rhetoric helped fuel the violence.” That sentence makes it seem as if those accusations are completely unfounded and that the issue is irrelevant to the incident.
Obviously the Breitbart piece wants to put some distance between the shooter and the pro-life movement, maybe because the writer thinks that it could hurt their cause. By framing the issue as being about mental health rather than abortion Breitbart can shift the focus and also opens up the possibility for them to also criticize Barack Obama, which is something that is prevalent in their articles.