The United Methodist Church is an important institution in the United States. Millions of Americans attend its services every Sunday. It is a familiar presence in many communities across America. Consequently its decision to rescind its support for abortion is an important event. It signals a significant defeat for the liberal consensus. And yet this vote was not mentioned by the BBC or for that matter RTE, despite being obviously relevant to the current debate about abortion in Northern Ireland.
I doubt if a conscious decision was taken in either of the two state broadcasters to ignore the development in question. But the fact that they both failed to report it does show that those who gather and select the news in London and Dublin are living in the same intellectual bubble. And that’s not healthy whatever one thinks about abortion.