mollie @ GetReligion:
I’ve been writing about media coverage of abortion for many years. And so have many others. If you haven’t read David Shaw’s “Abortion Bias Seeps Into The News,” published in the Los Angeles Times back in 1990, you should. That report also explains why we cover the topic here at GetReligion.
But the thing is that I’m getting kind of sick of pointing out egregious bias only to see things not just remain bad but get worse. Just think, in the last year, we saw the media drop any pretense of objectivity and bully the Susan G. Komen Foundation into funding Planned Parenthood. And then we had how many months of coverage focused on someone calling a birth control activist a bad name? And who can forget every pro-life person in the country being asked to respond to Todd Akin’s stupid remarks about rape?
So our abortion-drenched media would certainly want to cover what is arguably the country’s most horrific serial murder trial of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, right? Well, far from the front-page, top of the news, daily update coverage you rightfully would expect, it’s been downplayed. Majorly downplayed.
Inspired by Kirsten Powers’ USA Today column yesterday, I decided to start asking journalists about their personal involvement in the Gosnell cover-up.
I began by asking the AP’s national social issues reporter why he hadn’t been tweeting to AP coverage of the Gosnell trial. I had to ask a few times and then … there it was … finally …. a tweet on the Gosnell trial. Then he told me that the AP was covering the trial (which I knew, as I’ve critiqued it here). I reminded him that I was wondering why he hadn’t been tweeting to coverage of Gosnell. I asked him to correct me if I was wrong about his lack of tweets. He didn’t.
Then I decided, since tmatt has me reading the Washington Post every day, to look at how the paper’s health policy reporter was covering Gosnell. I have critiqued many of her stories on the Susan G. Komen Foundation (she wrote quite a bit about that) and the Sandra Fluke controversy (she wrote quite a bit about that) and the Todd Akin controversy (you know where this is going). In fact, a site search for that reporter — who is named Sarah Kliff — and stories Akin and Fluke and Komen — yields more than 80 hits. Guess how many stories she’s done on this abortionist’s mass murder trial.
Did you guess zero? You’d be right.
There’s no objective media left…maybe there never was one…if Cronkite is a standard then there never was one. But at least in the Cronkite days they could reasonably hold up a mask of objectivity and have millions believe them. Those days are gone.
As we saw in the last presidential campaign the national MSM was openly blocking and tackling for the Obama team. I would argue that Obama was not asked one hard question based upon his early life, college years, Illinois state senate career, time in the US Senate, nor his first term. Not one. Had any national “reporter” asked The Great Leader an embarrassing question…their career would have been over…maybe not tomorrow…but in months. “Reporters” understand this. Besides, they also love The Great Leader and want to help him.
All we got to hear was about Romney’s forty-seven percent gaffe and his dog on the car roof. Romney, no great shakes as a candidate was pummeled by the MSM. We saw the specter of fat lady Candy Crowley coming to Obama’s defense in the second debate after his disastrous first. There’s not even a pretense of objectivity anymore.
They are not going to cover the Gosnell trial because the great majority of “reporters” believe that while he was crude in his methods…what he did was right. They don’t want to put abortion providers in any kind of bad light. That’s not part of the progressive agenda. And “reporters” are nothing if not progressive.