Are the media biased on abortion? Does the news seem slanted toward abortion? Read on ...

compiled by Diane Dew

Information at this site was taken from public records, annual reports, and publications of The Foundation Center.

Milwaukee newspaper editors, reporter, 
The Journal Company fund abortion provider

MILWAUKEE--In what appears to be a serious breach of journalism ethics, two top editors and a reporter for The Milwaukee Journal* have been donating thousands of dollars, in recent years, to Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in the world.

According to the Annual Report of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin for 1990, Howard R. Fibich, Milwaukee Journal deputy managing editor, and Paul G. Hayes, editor of the paper's 'Wisconsin' magazine, have donated considerable sums of money to Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. Hayes, who donated between $1,000-10,000 in 1990 alone, was also listed as a major donor in the 1988 report, as were the Journal Company itself, and senior editor Sig Gissler.

A judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit, Richard D. Cudahy, also was listed as a donor to Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin in the 1990 Annual Report. It is not known whether he donated to the organization in previous years, or whether he may have served on panels in which Planned Parenthood was involved, without excusing himself. Cudahy has served as federal judge for the 7th Circuit since 1979.

The report also cites Katherine M. Skiba, general assignments reporter for the newspaper, as a donor. Skiba has covered Milwaukee abortion protests for the paper.

Like the ethics codes of most papers, The Milwaukee Journal Code of Ethics prohibits the receipt of gifts, donating of money or participation in political campaigns or organizations, although another reporter at The Journal, who asked not to be identified, says he received prior permission from one editor to actively participate in Mayor John O. Norquist's campaign.

The purpose of the ethics code is to avoid any "conflict of interest, or the appearance of a conflict of interest," the handbook reads. The rule is binding upon all "those reporting and editing," who are involved in the newsgathering process, it says.

This is not the first time in recent years that senior editors at The Milwaukee Journal have encroached upon the paper's credibility. In 1988, donations by editor Sig Gissler and even the Journal Company itself were made public after the 1989 firing of a part-time secretary for her anti-abortion sidewalk counseling, saying it caused the paper to appear biased. In that case, which received nationwide attention, the paper made an out-of-court settlement with the secretary, just days before a decision was due from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, with whom the secretary had filed a complaint. The paper offered a public apology, admitting they had erred in applying the rule, written for reporters and editors, to a secretary.

Gissler excused his donation to the public, saying his wife wrote the check; but no explanation was ever offered for the corporate donation, or that of another editor, Paul G. Hayes. The paper's circulation dropped by several thousand as publications and radio programs from New York to Dallas to Los Angeles were covering the story, for weeks -- while not a word was printed in either of the local papers until the secretary was contacted by Newsweek magazine.

Journal/Sentinel, Inc. owns both The Milwaukee Journal and Milwaukee Sentinel [since joined as The Journal Sentinel], as well as WTMJ-TV. WTMJ-AM and WKTI-FM.

"Conservatives are tired of Milwaukee's monstrous media monopoly," one resident says. "The Journal has been known to obstruct truth, pander to their own and distort the stories they do report. Now we know why."

Also listed as donors to Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, in both the 1988 and 1990 reports, was former top editor Richard Leonard, and his wife, Barbara (who also is listed as an elected board member for Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin in 1988 and 1990). Leonard is now a journalism instructor at Marquette University, and advisor for the school paper.

[In more recent years, the newspaper has funded Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin through The Milwaukee Foundation.]

* The newspaper merged with the morning paper, owned by the same company, and is now called the Journal-Sentinel.


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Cowles Media funds abortion provider

The Cowles Media Foundation, publisher of the Star Tribune newspaper serving the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, for years has been donating to Planned Parenthood of Minnesota in Saint Paul. According to records of The Foundation Center, the company-sponsored foundation authorized grants of $50,000 and $12,000 in 1996; $50,000 in 1995; $12,000 in 1995; $10,000 in 1994; etc.

The Cowles Media Foundation had assets of $11,952,683 for the fiscal year ending March 31, 1996. Total giving was $1,646,634.

Janet Veith, Foundation & Community Rels. Coord.
329 Portland Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55415-1112
(612) 673-7051; (612) 673-7100

Gannett Foundation funds abortion provider

The Gannett Foundation, Inc., of Virginia, authorized a donation of $10,000 to the Planned Parenthood Association of Nashville in 1995, according to Foundation Center publications. It also was listed as a donor in the 1990 Annual Report of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. The Gannett Foundation provides journalism scholarships, etc. Gannett Newspapers in Washington, DC owns 82 newspapers, 15 radio stations and 10 television stations nationwide -- including USA Today, The Des Moines Register, etc.

Gannet Company, Inc., headquartered in Arlington, Va., also owns Louis Harris and Associates, Telematch, and several nondaily publications, according to a list supplied by their public affairs department.

The Gannett Foundation is now called the Freedom Forum.

Boston Globe funds abortion provider
and accepts editorial award from Planned Parenthood for its coverage of abortion issue 

by Diane Dew

The Boston Globe Foundation donated $6,000 to Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts and the newspaper accepted the Maggie Award for Newspapers from the Planned Parenthood Federation of America in 1995 "for its coverage of the Dec. 30, 1994 abortion clinic murders in Brookline and subsequent articles, editorials and columns on the subject." (Boston Globe Foundation Allocations for Fiscal Year 1995) The Boston Globe Foundation is a corporate foundation. Information on the newspaper's 1995 Editorial Awards is available online at

According to information posted at the foundation's web site:  "The Boston Globe Foundation was established to coordinate the philanthropy of the Globe Newspaper Company." It partners with numerous other foundations, including the Boston Lesbian and Gay Communities Funding Partnership. For more information, contact:

The Boston Globe Foundation
P.O. Box 2378
Boston, Massachusetts 02107-2378
Phone: 617-929-2895; Fax: 617-929-2041
TTD: 617-929-2010

Microsoft's Gates donates millions
to population groups

Microsoft chairman William H. (Bill) Gates donates millions to a variety of population groups, according to an article in The Philanthropy News Digest, Oct. 8, 1997.

Bill Gates is donor and trustee of the William H. Gates Foundation, which had assets of $210,000,000 and made grants totaling $6,500,00 in the fiscal year ending March 31, 1996.

Gates is also director of the Washington Research Foundation, which had assets of $15,597,813 and made grants totaling $500,000 in the fiscal year ending June 30, 1995.

Ted Turner gives millions to population groups
and dedicates reporter to cover population issues

Diane Dew

Ted Turner, of the all-news channel Cable News Network (CNN), gave about $3 million to population groups from October 1996 to 1997. Among those groups receiving funds from the Turner Foundation, are: Planned Parenthood, Catholics For a Free Choice, the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL), Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS), The Population Institute, etc., according to the foundations website.

Turner also has dedicated a reporter to coverage of population issues, according to The Philanthropy News Digest, Oct. 8, 1997.

R. E. (Ted) Turner III is donor, president, and a trustee of the Turner Foundation, Inc. (GA), which had assets of $133,278,592 and made grants totaling $3,336,238 in the year ending 12/31/95.

For more information, or to voice disapproval, contact:

One CNN Center, Suite1090 - South Tower
Attn: Program Department
Atlanta, GA 30303


The New York Times has been very consistent in its corporate support of agencies performing abortion.

In addition to the paper's $10,000 donation to Planned Parenthood in 1990, The Times has been funding the organization on a regular basis, for several years.

According to publications at the Foundation Library:

In the same year that The Times made the $10,000 gift to Planned Parenthood of New York City (PP-NYC), an additional grant of $10,000 was written to the organization's national headquarters, the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

Also in 1990, the paper gave $10,000 to Planned Parenthood of New York City.

In 1988, several gifts, ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 were given by the newspaper to Planned Parenthood.

The same year, the paper also gave $5,000 to the Alan Guttmacher Institute "for a survey of sex education." Guttmacher was a former president of PP; the Institute is PP's research arm, to reach the press.

In 1986 The Times gave at least $10,000 to Planned Parenthood of New York City, according to the organization's Annual Report.

Foundation publications list only a sampling of grants distributed, and only for select groups.

Information for every year was not available. 1/10/93

"For they are a nation lacking in counsel & there is no understanding in them. Would that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would discern their future!" Deut 32:28 "They shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons & their daughters...& the land was polluted with blood..." Psa106:38

Why should we care what they do with their money?
"Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Luke 12:34


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