Accuracy in Media

Teen Vogue achieves the near impossible task of getting the reversal of Roe v. Wade entirely wrong. This is a significant error for a media outlet aimed at teenage girls. This has all made politics more important — not something that people should not vote about.

Yet this is what Teen Vogue says about it all: “Democrats, Stop Telling Us to ‘Just Vote’ to Save Abortion Rights.” No, really:

“In this op-ed, News & Politics Editor Lexi McMenamin criticizes Democrats pushing voting as the solution to the possible overturning of Roe v. Wade,” the piece begins. 

Sure, we’ve our opinions about the act itself, as no doubt you do – neither of which is the point here. Teen Vogue describes and markets itself as “educating the influencers of tomorrow.” It’s also, clearly enough, aimed at teenage girls – those who we might think have more skin in the game about abortion than some other sectors of society. 

The removal of that constitutional right to abortion does not make politics less important, it makes it more so. Again, this is true whatever the view of the actual act itself. For now whether, when and how, abortion is to happen or not depends upon the laws that get passed in state legislatures – or do not of course. What those laws are going to be depends entirely and purely upon politics and voting.

Telling teen girls to tune in and drop out of the political process is exactly and wholly the wrong thing to be saying about the – possible – overturn of Roe v Wade.

As we say Teen Vogue markets itself as being the educator of future influencers. It gains some 5 million visits a month as it does so – and of course, that interest is largely concentrated in that target audience of teen girls.

Living up to the tagline would be a useful thing for a media outlet to do – actually educate. Whatever any of us thinks about abortion itself the Supreme Court has just returned it to electoral politics. Which makes voting more important on the subject, not less. So, tell ’em that.

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