Thursday, April 18, 2013

Sacred Cows

Media seating area at the Gosnell trial - 2 days ago
This is a very difficult topic.  This is a horrifying story.  Lack of media coverage is a national and local shame.  In fact, the local paper's response to inquiries about this topic was typical drive-by censorship.  Please read the whole article from Real Clear Politics.

Not writing or exposing this will not make it go away.  Where are the liberals who just want some "common sense regulation"  that will "save even one life"?

Abortion: Journalism's Most Sacred Cow
No one ever put it quite this way, but the traditional media in this country were about to embark on an extraordinary exercise in self-censorship. It is a social experiment that has lasted up until this week, until our industry’s shame over a refusal to cover the Kermit Gosnell murder trial brought this issue to a crucible.
That was where things stood until the arrest of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell, and his indictment on multiple counts of murder. This was a case with a set of facts so grisly that it mocked the very concept of “choice.” Here is the opening paragraph of the 2011 grand jury report that heralded the legal proceedings against Gosnell:
“This case is about a doctor who killed babies and endangered women. What we mean is that he regularly and illegally delivered live, viable, babies in the third trimester of pregnancy -- and then murdered these newborns by severing their spinal cords with scissors. The medical practice by which he carried out this business was a filthy fraud in which he overdosed his patients with dangerous drugs, spread venereal disease among them with infected instruments, perforated their wombs and bowels -- and, on at least two occasions, caused their deaths. Over the years, many people came to know that something was going on here. But no one put a stop to it.”
Gosnell’s actions pull back the curtain on this procedure and allow Americans to contemplate a disquieting prospect: that abortion itself is an inherently violent act, the grisly details of which remain hidden even from the patients in the operating room -- and that if those specifics were truly understood, public support for it would wane.

And so, the national news organizations essentially took a pass on covering the trial. Anticipating a media frenzy, court officials set aside rows of seats for the members of the press. Day after day those seats remained empty.
Excuses for ignoring the Gosnell trial pour from the media


  1. Pretend you're the managing editor of a news organization. There have been the bombings in Boston, the ricin mailings and gun votes in D.C and now a massive plant explosion in Texas. For the big national outlets, both print and broadcast, there's the ongoing threat of North Korea and Thatcher's funeral in England. These are all in addition to your regular coverage. Just where do you get the bodies (reporters) to cover this and how do you pay them?

    1. Boston, Texas, ricin, all that in the last 3 days. Gosnell trial has been going on for 5 WEEKS. More people were killed by Gosnell that at Newtown, Boston, and Aurora combined. The news found plenty of time to publish stories about those events.

      What's more, the Sentinel does not even write their own stories on most major events. They just select stories from other sources like the AP. And there are plenty of sources they could have used to provide coverage. They just decided not to.

      And when this is pointed out to your hypothetical managing editor, the response is, eyes closed, fingers in the ears, and loud chanting of la la la.

    2. That is a tough one, I would have to pretend I have no brain.

  2. Anonymous makes a pathetic excuse. Poor busy reporters.

  3. Gene,

    I am glad you are covering this story. I actually thought that the sentinel went out of business several years ago.


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