ABC, anchored by substitute Kate Snow, leaned heavily on female and family focused stories. In a cross-promotion with Good Morning America, Diane Sawyer's profile of the female members of the US Senate--16 of them, together, like a focus group--was previewed. And Betsy Stark showcased Family 360 software that allows the wife and children of high-powered corporate executives to conduct a formal review of his domestic performance as husband and father. Stark did not explain why firms use this technique only to give feedback to executive dads and not to their wage-earning workforce.
Snow (subscription required) also contributed a follow-up to Steve Osunsami's (subscription required) story last week about the fertility clinic whose frozen embryos were saved from thawing in the floods of New Orleans. The first IVF baby from that batch has been born, appropriately named Noah. Customarily, the network news is scrupulous in choosing terminology about embryos and fetuses that is politically neutral. So when Snow departed from custom by attaching the name Noah not only to the baby himself, but to the still-frozen zygote as well, it marked a rare triumph for pro-life rhetoric.
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