A woman who had been accused of being biased in favor of abortion when she worked as a CBS reporter announced that she was hired on by Planned Parenthood.
Kate Smith worked as a CBS reporter covering abortion issues until she left the outlet in July 2021. On Monday, she announced that she had been hired on at Planned Parenthood as the abortion provider's senior director of news content.
"Thrilled to be joining Planned Parenthood full-time on this exciting new project. Much, much more to come. Stay tuned!" she tweeted excitedly.
Critics of Smith used the occasion to confirm their previous accusations against her for being biased on abortion.
"I remember getting notes from several reporters upset with me saying Kate Smith has been nothing but a propagandist for the abortion industry at CBS and now this," replied talk show radio host Erick Erickson.
"Almost exactly two years ago, I wrote a piece called 'Planned Parenthood’s Ambassador to CBS News,' critiquing the work of Kate Smith, who billed herself as a reporter covering 'abortion access.' Today, Smith announced she’s joining Planned Parenthood," responded Alexandra DeSanctis Marr of National Review.
Here's what she wrote in Apr. 2020:
Kate Smith is not a reporter at all. She is an advocate for abortion rights who exploits her perch at CBS to disguise as fact the opinions of the country’s most radical abortion-rights activists. She is Planned Parenthood’s ambassador to CBS, posing as a reporter and constructing articles that more closely resemble press releases for the nation’s most powerful abortion-rights advocacy groups. She has traded her objectivity for access to these organizations, offering them the kid-glove treatment so they will permit her to be the first to publicize their PR campaigns, interview their leaders, and scoop their briefs in court cases.
Another critic of Smith was the National Right to Life organization in May 2020.
"Kate Smith is not a reporter at all. She is an advocate for abortion rights who exploits her perch at CBS to disguise as fact the opinions of the country’s most radical abortion-rights activists," they said in a statement.
Smith has also worked for Bloomberg, Financial Times, and the Baltimore Sun.
Here's a report on abortion by Kate Smith:
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