Media Company The Adelaide Set reprimands cops for Roe vs Wade coverage

An Adelaide-based news firm has caused a fierce backlash for its Roe vs Wade coverage, sending an ‘open letter’ circulating online.

The Adelaide Set, a South Australian ‘media/news company’ run via Instagram, faced a backlash for its coverage of the US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the landmark ruling on the Abortion, Roe vs. Wade.

Locals lashed out at the 55.4,000-follower page after it posted two posts about the Supreme Court’s move over the weekend.

One post shared the news superimposed on a stock image of a baby, while another invited followers to weigh in on a debate seemingly equating policing women’s reproductive rights with mandatory vaccinations.

While a number of page visitors expressed outrage, the comments were largely deleted, leading to a number of users sharing an “open letter” lambasting the company written by Kate, degree in psychology.

Sharing examples of the company’s “poor journalistic integrity”, Kate wrote in a five-page document available on her page:

“What I will take this opportunity to do is criticize the blatant censorship and tone control carried out by The Adelaide Set on their recent posts regarding Roe v. Wade under the guise of presenting themselves as a fair and unbiased medium,” she wrote.

“For a page that claims to represent the values ​​of ‘sovereignty, choice, curiosity and a willingness to challenge ideas’ (Instagram, June 25, 2022), there is an awful lot of filtering, curating and deleting comments on their posts to better reflect their own personal position.

Kate went on to say that although she is “not a journalist”, she felt compelled to formulate a public display of “disappointment” in the business.

“I am not a journalist, and this article is not intended to claim that I am a better or more credible journalist than those on The Adelaide Set.

“Rather, it is a public display of my own disappointment and anger at an outlet smearing the profession of journalism in a lazy quest for attention that was evidently never received in the formative years. creators.

“I hope The Adelaide Set will consider renaming itself in line with its values, or better disclosing its intentions with every post and article,” she said.

The Adelaide set was initially criticized by a number of people over their Roe vs Wade coverage, who were later furious when their opinions were removed from the comments section.

“Why is there a picture of a baby in this post? This image is misleading for the caption,” one person wrote.

“I would love to see the comments of this without you deleting them all. SO much empowering you to delete comments from upset women about this. It’s not really free speech on your part,” said another, going on to call the company “irresponsible.”

Others shared their private company correspondence with Kate.

In a post, the publication called someone’s opinion ‘ultra radical bullshit’ and accused him of having ‘big poppy syndrome’ after calling the team behind the page ‘talentless’ and said she should be ashamed.

“You are deliberately trying to capitalize on the emotional content of a humanitarian crisis that you don’t care about,” another wrote.

“Your fantasies about our intentions are classic ultra-radical bullshit. Give it a break, take your little screenshot, show your friends and make yourself feel important,” the page replied.

Since Kate’s letter gained traction, The Adelaide Set have shared a fiery message addressed to ‘cancel culture’.

“Respectfully, we suggest you use your energy for something constructive and empower your community through action, not behind your screen,” it reads.

“This platform is for free thinkers, opinion leaders and those who want to be challenged while maintaining a civil discourse. If you decide to come here with aggressive and defamatory comments.

The post was “liked” by a number of the page’s followers, including popular Adelaide restaurants Mister Sunshines, Africola and Penny University.

It comes as thousands of protesters flooded streets across the United States to express their fury at the Supreme Court’s ruling, with upcoming protests planned in Australia in a show of solidarity.

On Friday, the Supreme Court overturned the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that has underpinned abortion rights in the country since the 1970s.

Roe v Wade stopped the government from banning abortions up to the point of fetal viability, at around 24 weeks gestation.

Since the ruling was issued, more than 10 states have moved to effectively ban abortion, stripping away the reproductive rights of millions of women.

Meanwhile, laws in South Australia are set to come into force allowing abortions up to 22 weeks and six days gestation without reason.

The changes will come into force on July 7 and will see abortion removed from the criminal legal system, falling under the health law instead.

The state government decided late last week to finalize regulations to amend the Termination of Pregnancy Act, which was passed in March 2021.

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Cathy W. Howerton