-Sarah Palin, American Politician, Author, Speaker, and Political Commentator
“I am thankful for groups like yours that spread the message that allows faith to grow within those women who are faced with a pregnancy in less than ideal circumstances. You affirm the value of the child. You remind us that every child has purpose and value and a destiny.”
-Lisa Welchel, Actress who portrayed Blair on Facts of Life;
“I’m really excited about being part of the Vitae Caring Foundation because I understand the power of media. I understand the power of having a message that is strong and clear and powerful. I want to applaud you for your work.”
- Governor Mike Huckabee, Former Presidential Candidate and Host of Fox News Channel’s Huckabee
“Investments in Vitae aren’t just saving a single life, but saving a culture.”
The Secret to the
Success of a
Vitae Media Campaign
is in the Delivery
- Glenn Beck, Radio Personality, Author, and Host of Fox News Channel’s Glenn Beck Show
“We are the guardians. If we fail, who will complete this task?
If we fail here, where does the rest of the world run? Answer: nowhere.
Stand up. Get in the race. You can, will and must win.”
-Sean Hannity, Co-host of FOX News Channel’s Hannity’s America
“The Vitae Caring Foundation is at the forefront of where
this movement needs to go and I really applaud you.
You’re changing minds, you’re changing hearts, and the
world is a better place for your vision.”
-Alan Keyes, Former presidential candidate; US Ambassador to the UN Social & Economic Council
“I am glad to speak on behalf of an endeavor that recognizes the truth. If we’re willing to pool our resources, if we’re willing to do the work that is necessary to get the simple messages of truth stated with love to pierce the heart of this society, then we can break the hardening shell of its selfishness and its self-indulgence.”
-Cal Thomas, Nationally syndicated columnist and Author
“I cannot minimize the importance, in a ‘life-unfriendly’ media environment, of getting messages like this, that are positive—that are TRUTHFUL— out to the American people.”
-Laura Ingraham, radio talk show host
“Why can’t we see groups like Vitae on a national level, multiplied by ten?”
-Colonel Oliver North, Combat Decorated U.S. Marine, Author and Correspondent for Fox News
“The masters of media are the people defining the moral value system...that is why what you’re doing [Vitae Caring Foundation] is of such vital importance. You are saving lives.”
-Dave Dravecky, Motivational speaker and former major league pitcher
“I am so grateful for an organization that will hold true and stand firm in the midst of an incredible storm that is trying to destroy the moral fabric of our country... The Vitae Caring Foundation stands up and shouts, with a loud shout, that life is precious. It is a privilege to be a part of what they are doing.”

WNC Affirms Vitae Complaint Against NPR Affiliate KUOW

   The Washington News Council (WNC) held a three-hour public hearing Saturday, March 31, at the University of Washington’s Communications Building on a complaint by the Vitae Foundation against KUOW 94.9 FM Public Radio in Seattle.  The WNC voted Vitae’s way on five of the six questions posed on the NPR affiliate’s ethical handling of the original story which aired April 13, 2011.

Pia de Solenni represented Vitae and Guy Nelson, News Director of KUOW, spoke for the radio station. “At the end of the day, this is not about which side of the abortion debate one happens to stand on, but about the accountability of news outlets that is absolutely essential in a free and democratic society,” de Solenni noted. 

Nelson continued to insist that “the story was not about Vitae, it was about the legislation.”  de Solenni countered the legislation wasn’t mentioned until much later in the story, after KUOW allowed Planned Parenthood their editorial of Vitae’s billboards and YourOptions website.  “If this was about the legislation, then you wouldn’t have waited until half way through the piece to bring it up.  You also would have identified the bill number and sponsor, which you didn’t,” de Solenni countered.  “Vitae’s ads weren’t about CareNet or the legislation.”

WNC Hearings Board members voted on six questions relating to the complaint. The full questions, and the Council’s votes, follow.

  1. Did KUOW have a journalistic responsibility to contact Vitae Foundation, YourOptions, and/or CareNet for comment before airing the April 13, 2011, news story?
    YES – 11 votes; NO – 0 votes
  2. Did KUOW have a responsibility to give equal airtime to both sides, Vitae Foundation as well as Planned Parenthood, in a news story about Vitae’s advertising campaign?
    YES – 5 votes; NO – 3 votes; ABSTAIN – 3 votes
  3. Did KUOW’s story accurately characterize the abortion information that was accessible on the YourOptions.com website?
    YES – 1 vote; NO – 8 votes; ABSTAIN – 2 votes
  4. Did the original KUOW news story contain substantive errors worthy of public, on-air corrections and/or clarifications?
    YES – 10 votes; NO – 0 votes; ABSTAIN – 1 vote
  5. Did the follow-up interview by Guy Nelson with Debbie Stokes, posted on KUOW’s website on Sept. 30, 2011, sufficiently acknowledge and/or clarify errors in the original story?
    YES – 4 votes; NO – 6 votes; ABSTAIN – 1 vote
  6. Did KUOW have any responsibility to provide Vitae Foundation additional on-air coverage after the original news story aired?
    YES – 1 vote; NO – 10 votes

“This is huge!” according to Vitae President Carl Landwehr.  “We live in a time of 24-hour news cycles, and when the media gets it wrong, there has to be some sort of accountability.  We contacted KUOW within 24 hours of them airing the original erroneous story, and all Vitae received was a letter from the news correspondent saying, ‘I could have taken an extra step in contacting you’ and e-mails from Mr. Nelson saying the story wasn’t about Vitae. 

“Thank goodness for the Washington News Council!  Without them, news outlets in Washington State can run amuck hurting the reputations of groups they may not see eye-to-eye with on an issue.  I wish every state in this country had an independent group making sure journalistic ethics were being followed,” Landwehr noted. The hearing was filmed by UWTV and the WNC. A link to the full video will be posted soon on the WNC’s website

To read the WNC’s blog on Saturday’s hearing, please visit: http://wanewscouncil.org/2012/04/02/complaint-against-kuow-largely-upheld-at-wnc-hearing/