Matt Philbin @ MRC:
Well that didn’t last long. In fact, it barely happened at all. After a month of ignoring the trial of Kermit Gosnell, the Philadelphia abortionist accused of murdering one woman and seven infants, it looked like the media had been shamed into covering the story.
Barely. Even after the most gruesome detail in a trial full of them came out – a baby who survived an abortion “swimming” in a toilet and “trying to get out” – the silence resumed. In fact, the only major news outlet that bothered to report on that testimony was The Chicago Tribune. CNN.com mentioned it, it got no air time.
The Gosnell trial has returned to the obscurity the pro-abortion media hoped all along to preserve.
What coverage there was started on Thursday April 11 when The Washington Post discovered the story (though the Post mainly engaged in media navel-gazing over the lack of coverage, and allowed its executive editor to claim he’d never heard of the trial). CNN began covering it on Friday, April 12, and CBS gave it play on “This Morning” the following Monday. And on Wednesday, April 17, Savannah Guthrie included a question about the case in a long, wide-ranging interview with President Obama.
There endeth the coverage. ABC has never once mentioned Gosnell. CBS hasn’t followed up, and NBC has yet to do any reporting on the story. Yes, the Post is covering it, but in the most antiseptic of ways. On Sunday, April 21, it published a piece titled, “Problems at Pa. abortion clinic point to lack of facilities oversight.”
The article stated that “The catalogue of horrors delineated by prosecutors has raised questions about whether there is adequate inspection and regulation of the 1,800 facilities nationwide that provide abortions.” It quoted no testimony from the trial but contained this howler: “The case has captivated and repulsed a nation where back-alley abortion clinics have become a rarity since 1973.” It’s hard to see how a story that’s gone unreported by all but a few reluctant outlets has captivated anyone.
And as CMI reported from the trial, only 12-15 reporters were covering the court case last week, and another report had The New York Times pulling its reporter shortly after assigning him to the trial.
Granted, the Boston Marathon bombing on Monday, April 15, took over the news cycle for the week, and it was followed by the explosion in Waco, Tex., and then the killing of one Boston suspect and the manhunt for another. Also, gun control legislation came up for a vote in the senate. The networks and the larger media rightfully gave those stories careful attention.
But certainly one of the three networks could find time for a trial update on a morning or evening news show sometime during the week? Not with all the other important news the nets were covering.
The Gosnell trial is not an indictment of abortion per se, but the alleged socio-pathic means by which the killing was conducted was conducted in one clinic.
Do you support late term (past 20 weeks) abortions?
Liberal, I hope you don’t use that kind of pathetic misdirection when you have to stand before God someday to answer for your evil support of the murder of the unborn.
If Gosnell’s crimes are not an indictment of abortion and all those who support it, then how would you classify ths abortionists who referred victims to Gosnell? Or the government bureaucrats who turned a blind eye and refused to conduct health inspections at his abortion mill because they didn’t want to bring attention to his evil?
And claiming that Gosnell is a psychopath to divert attention from the inherent evil of abortion doesn’t work….he had all those nurses and office employees WILLINGLY helping him slaughter all those babies. You know….the ones testifying against his horrific acts.
55 million have been slaughtered by abortion in this country since they made up a right right for women to murder their babies. More than Hitler killed, around what Stalin slaughtered, but not quite up to what Mao murdered….but perfectly in step with the carnage that leftist ideology ALWAYS causes.
Or, how does Lib1 classify the MSM who still refuses, for the most part, to report on the trial of a man accused of such a heinous crime?
When Gosnell is mentioned by the leftists who support abortion, it is done in an almost apologetic denial that Gosnell was ever really “one of them”. They explain away the evil done by claiming that Gosnell had some kind of different motive for his actions that aren’t their motives for the support of abortion.
Exactly. Like the scumbag defense attorney arguing that baby C, who had been described as breathing for 20 minutes by eyewitnesses before one of Gosnell’s acolytes severed the spinal cord, wasn’t really alive…and the evil pro-abort judge actually concurred and acquitted Gosnell of murdering that infant.
The left will answer for their worship of evil someday, and no amount of misplaced self-righteous self-delusion will make a bit of difference. There is right and there is wrong, and no amount of “shades-of-gray” rationalizations the leftards try to use to assuage their inner guilt will ever wash away the stain of their complicitness in this evil.
I am honestly wrestling with what to do regarding my future income taxes if obamacare is not stopped before they start using tax dollars to pay for murdering the unborn. I cannot be complicit in that. I don’t see how I can pay taxes anymore to the federal government if they insist on paying for abortions out of tax dollars. Which means I get to go to jail, because you damn well know the IRS doesn’t give a damn about religious freedom.
It is worse than you think. Let me tell you a story that few are reporting:
In 1972, International Planned Parenthood Foundation made a deal with the country of Bangladesh to send doctors to perform abortions on the many women who had been raped during the war in that country. IPPF sent two doctors, one of them being Harvey Karman. Karman was considered a front runner in the abortion industry.
Karman, wanting to make abortions faster, and cheaper, had created the prototype of the manuel vacuum aspiration syringe when he sat at his kitchen table, took a large syringe and some tubing and joined them together. He developed the system that is still widely used in many nations today. The pro-abortion crowd was thrilled, but the press failed to report that Karman’s procedure literally sucked the unborn child from its mothers womb in pieces.
Not content with that, Karman developed what he called the “super coil” which he was going to use in Bangladesh. Only the super coil proved to be a disaster in that nation, with many women suffering severe repercussions from his procedure.
Not content, Karman organized a “mass” abortion day in the U.S. Low income women, mostly minorities, were bused from Chicago to a Philadelphia facitilty where they would go through the abortion process using the “super coil.” Here is how the “super coil” was described in the testimony of Dr. Randy Hutchins, who once was a witness to its use:
“There was a device that he and a psychologist were working on that was supposed to be plastic–basically plastic razors that were formed into a ball. All right? They were coated into a gel, so that they would remain closed. These would be inserted into the woman’s uterus. After several hours of body temperature, tiw would then–gel would melt and these 97 things would spring open, supposedly cutting up the fetus, and the fetus would be expelled.”
So, what the “super coil” did was slice and dice the unborn, creating damage to the uterus and causing bleeding so that the baby would be “expelled”, i.e. delivered.
Karman’s day of mass abortions wasn’t really being done by him. You see, Karman was not a actual “doctor”, at least not an M.D., and it was suspected that his Ph.D. had really come from a Swiss diploma mill and was not legit. He had also been convicted of killing a woman while performing an illegal abortion in California, using nutcrackers, and was sentenced to jail. Karman spent only 2 1/2 years in prison for the death of that woman, and was later pardoned by Governor Moonbeam, Jerry Brown. So Karman recruited an actual M.D. to do the abortions in Philadelphia of these low income Chicago women. That day became known as the “Mother’s Day Massacre.”
Who was that friend of Karman’s that he recruited to do these henious precedures on low income women? None other than Kermit Gosnell. Of the 15 women who had abortions that day, 9 were required to have advance medical care afterwards, due to a punctured uterus, hemorrhaging, infections and retained baby body parts.
The “Mother’s Day Massacre” was one of the factors that was used to decide Roe vs. Wade, as the court intended for abortion to be legal, safe and rare. Notice how the pro-abortion crowd has dropped the “rare” portion of that agenda.
Abortion is, and remains, the left’s sacred cow. After the “Mother’s Day Massacre”, Karman spent two years in court battles. He was convicted of practicing medicine without a license, but a PA Common Pleas Court judge overtuned the conviction in 1974 claiming that the DA at the time, Arlen Specter, had failed to prove which women Karman had treated. Gosnell testified for his buddy, basically claiming he was the one who had performed the procedures, but nothing was done to Gosnell, even though his part in the abortions left one woman sterile for life.