Gosnell might be the worst serial killer in history, says … “Nightline” anchor

posted at 2:42 pm on April 12, 2013 by Allahpundit

Before you ask, searching ABCNews.com’s archives reveals multiple pieces on the Gosnell trial over the past month — all from the Associated Press wire. There’s no original content from ABC News itself unless I missed something. There is original content that mentions Gosnell dated from late January. It’s a story about … threats to late-term abortionists and how they’re not all monsters like that terrible man in Pennsylvania. So yes, they’ll mention him, as long as they can somehow spin what he did in service to The Cause. Of course.

And yes, they know about the case. And they’ll acknowledge it in lower-profile formats:

He’s not the only one:

This reminds me of Mickey Kaus writing about “undernews,” stuff that people will eagerly chatter about online but which “respectable” media ignores, at least temporarily. Typically it relates to rumors like John Edwards’s affair, which people whispered about for months but which big media, because it couldn’t nail down the story and/or because it was politically “unhelpful,” refused to cover. The first suspicions about Anthony Weiner started off that way too. One of the many surreal elements of the Gosnell story is that it’s somehow ended up as undernews even though, as Moran aptly says, this degenerate may in fact be one of the worst serial killers in history. It’s not a rumor; he’s on trial by the State of Pennsylvania with a death sentence on the table. But somehow it’s not suitable for media coverage. Instead:

Here’s what I want to know: Which reporters have known about the story all along and simply refused to cover it, knowing that the revulsion universally (or almost universally) felt might start readers thinking Disapproved Thoughts about what it means to be pro-choice, and which ones are somehow so insulated that they haven’t even heard of Gosnell until recently? Conor Friedersdorf, who wrote a sharp Gosnell critique for the Atlantic this morning, says he didn’t know about it until yesterday. Dave Weigel claims it was news to him until last night on Twitter, when the Gosnell story exploded among pro-lifers and ended up trending. Quote:

Let’s just state the obvious: National political reporters are, by and large, socially liberal. We are more likely to know a gay couple than to know someone who owns an “assault weapon.” We are, generally, pro-choice. Twice, in D.C., I’ve caused a friend to literally leave a conversation and freeze me out for a day or so because I suggested that the Stupak Amendment and the Hyde Amendment made sense. There is a bubble. Horror stories of abortionists are less likely to permeate that bubble than, say, a story about a right-wing pundit attacking an abortionist who then claims to have gotten death threats.

That’s … better, I guess, than intentionally suppressing the story, but what’s the solution? What “next steps” will be taken by reporters who are waking up to this today to make sure they don’t miss future news on the order of “the most successful serial killer in the history of the world”? One thing that’s struck me over the years is that journalists seem more willing now to confess to bias or ignorance when pressed, but really only as a hedge to having to do anything about it. Conservatives howled at them for years that they’re either in the tank or out to lunch; now that there are lots of megaphones for that accusation, on TV, radio, and online, they don’t resist as much with implausible claims of impartiality. Often they’ll cop to it — or rather, they’ll cop to the industry leaning left while leaving their own political sympathies vague — but nothing really changes. If anything, as the Gosnell coverage shows, it gets worse over time. The critique from the right has always been that press should at least acknowledge its leanings if it insists on championing liberal causes, but the point of that critique isn’t really to get them to be honest, it’s to get them to stop being biased and practice the neutrality they pretend to. Faced with having to either abandon the cause in the name of neutrality, though, or simply admit to being biased or part of a “bubble” and then go on pushing the leftist take, most of them seem to prefer the latter.

I don’t mean to single out Weigel for that as, unlike nearly everyone else in media, he does seem contrite about having missed the story and wrote about it today. He’s not “big media” either. They’re the ones I’m chiefly concerned with. The best-case scenario is that they’re part of a bubble that’s causing them to miss narrative-busting news stories, which in turn means the public is missing them, and many might be only dimly aware of it — as ludicrous as that seems to you and me. The worst-case scenario is that some of them are building the bubble deliberately to keep those narrative-busters away from the public, even if it ends up blinding some of their colleagues too. Anyway, recommended reading: The Anchoress’s suggestion of different angles on Gosnell for the media to pursue going forward. This isn’t just a story of an alleged lunatic decapitating babies, it’s a story about the state looking the other way for 17 years while he did it because meddling with abortion clinics is frowned upon by pro-choicers, no matter what garbage they’ll be shoveling soon to the contrary to distance themselves from Gosnell. Here’s two from the Anchoress to start you off:

***Would Gosnell have severed baby feet and kept them like trophies if he had any fear of surprise inspections? Could regular inspections have saved women’s lives? Did political pressure from abortion advocates precipitate end of inspections, limited regulations?

***How much pro-abortion money flows into political coffers? Did Gosnell ever donate to a party or a politician? If so, could that have given him cover? He apparently pulled down over one million dollars a year and hid money in his mattresses. Were any local or state officials paid off to ignore his depravity? Who might be likely recipients of payola? Follow the money?

Update: Here we go.

Tapper tweeted this afternoon that he’ll have something on it too. And Ace is right to note that Fox News isn’t covering the story much. A little, yes, to distinguish it from its competitors, but nothing like you’d expect. As for MSNBC, the less said, the better.


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MarshFox on April 12, 2013 at 5:46 PM

Good point.

pambi on April 12, 2013 at 5:57 PM

Throw the book volts at him.

Dunedainn on April 12, 2013 at 5:22 PM

FIFY

chewmeister on April 12, 2013 at 5:57 PM

I understand the honest question.
I have friends who hold various degrees of ‘choice’ stances.
Most still believe that abortion clinics are the BEST, CLEANEST ways to exercise the woman’s right to choose.
They’ve held concepts of clean, respectful clinics, fulfilling the desires of anyone who chooses an abortion.
MUCH better than the back alleys or hangers, right ?? And late-terms never really happen, of course.
In that bubble, they’ve completely been able to cubby-hole their choice stances, believing these clinics and PP are GOOD for women to have as a recourse. And, life goes on, for them.
Women have choice .. YAY..
Lah-dee-dah.
The facts surrounding this case are shattering those bubbles, big time !!
The realization that they’ve blindly believed lies, lies, and more lies is shocking to them, really.
Now, folks in that position are extremely vulnerable, and can be completely won over without further accusations of what they’re beginning to recognize (that they’ve been utterly deluded).
Jus sayin. Walking carefully, I am.

pambi on April 12, 2013 at 4:57 PM

And this is why there is a blackout. Once you lower the barricade just a little, to really think about what all this means, it is over. The Democrats can’t allow that to happen.

cptacek on April 12, 2013 at 6:01 PM

Gosnell is probably the tip of the iceberg in this corrupt unregulated and undercovered Eugenics Industry of Murder.

workingclass artist on April 12, 2013 at 3:16 PM

They just closed another one in Delaware because of the unsanitary conditions.

“Closed”, sorta…they can still give out the morning after pills, but they have to refer “surgical procedures” to other “clinics”.

Solaratov on April 12, 2013 at 6:01 PM

One can be against both abortion and animal cruelty. Both need to be covered in the media.

TigerPaw on April 12, 2013 at 5:39 PM

The animal cruelty story is of no consequence whatever when held up to the Gosnell butchering story. Pointing out that covering something as comparatively insignificant as an animal cruelty story while ignoring the Gosnell story is a ridiculous and indefensible thing to do . . . there’s nothing wrong with that.

Axe on April 12, 2013 at 6:02 PM

Washington Post pledges Gosnell coverage

We believe the story is deserving of coverage by our own staff, and we intend to send a reporter for the resumption of the trial next week. In retrospect, we should have sent a reporter sooner.

steebo77 on April 12, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Right wingers – and Kirsten Powers – need to stop criticizing coverage of animal cruelty all in the guise of slamming liberals who aren’t covering abortion or covering it enough.

One can be against both abortion and animal cruelty. Both need to be covered in the media.

TigerPaw on April 12, 2013 at 5:39 PM

No one is criticizing the coverage of the animal cruelty story, they are merely pointing out that it is getting more coverage than the Gosnell story with the MSM.

chewmeister on April 12, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Armin Tamzarian on April 12, 2013 at 4:48 PM

You persist in being stupid.

Schadenfreude on April 12, 2013 at 4:50 PM

That much stupid can’t be put on just to troll. He/she had to be born that way.

slickwillie2001 on April 12, 2013 at 6:09 PM

cptacek on April 12, 2013 at 6:01 PM

Agree.
Thank God for the ‘other media’.

pambi on April 12, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Del Dolemonte on April 12, 2013 at 5:50 PM

There’s nothing suspicious about it. I repeated myself on 2 or 3 HA threads because I keep seeing other right wingers yet again feign outrage that the media show more concern over animal abuse than they do abortion stories.

You said,

In the case of the Idaho Dog Story, it’s already been moved on the worldwide wires of Reuters. MSN picked it up earlier today, and the LA Times is also now reporting it.

And that’s good – they should give coverage to stories about cruelty to animals.

TigerPaw on April 12, 2013 at 6:14 PM

steebo77 on April 12, 2013 at 6:05 PM

LOL .. Amazing !!
Breitbart smiles.

pambi on April 12, 2013 at 6:14 PM

No one is criticizing the coverage of the animal cruelty story, they are merely pointing out that it is getting more coverage than the Gosnell story with the MSM.

chewmeister on April 12, 2013 at 6:05 PM

I get that. I acknowledged that in one of my first posts about it, maybe on another thread.

Pro Lifers (and I am one too, but I am also very much opposed to animal cruelty) need to find a new angle from which to criticize the lack of coverage.

TigerPaw on April 12, 2013 at 6:16 PM

How many General Hummels are the Elites breeding with their selective narrative, and how foolish they are to believe that they will not be laid low when the full force of the vigilant justice that will spring from the martyrs they create and cannot control, arresting the attention of a populace who crave the blood of the Colosseum. How oft is forgotten the violence the Glorious Revolution in France, the retribution of the Nuremberg Trials, they neither understand nor control the mob and how its fickleness can turn on them.

MarshFox on April 12, 2013 at 6:19 PM

TigerPaw on April 12, 2013 at 6:16 PM

OK. Enough with this childish hijack of the thread.

ROCnPhilly on April 12, 2013 at 6:27 PM

TigerPaw on April 12, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Why a new angle ??
Been following, but confused.
Why NOT suggest the hyprocricy, when it’s evident ?

pambi on April 12, 2013 at 6:28 PM

Armin Tamzarian on April 12, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Don’t you think you’ve made enough of an ass of yourself by now?

And proven that you are pro-infanticide – which pretty much makes you a hypocrite regarding all things “sandy hook”.

And, truth be told, you don’t give a fat damn about dogs being killed, either.

You’re just trash all the way around, armin. Why don’t you just FOAD? NOW>

Solaratov on April 12, 2013 at 6:33 PM

Armin Tamzarian on April 12, 2013 at 4:59 PM

Covered his arrest? A few little blips about it. Now that the details are coming out, the MSM won’t touch it. Are you really that f*cking stupid?

chewmeister on April 12, 2013 at 5:04 PM

Yes. Moby troll is moby trolling.

kim roy on April 12, 2013 at 6:37 PM

How far left and dishonest is the MSM? Liberal websites have forced them to pay attention. And, FNC hasn’t had that much coverage either.

bw222 on April 12, 2013 at 6:43 PM

Kirsten Powers ✔ @kirstenpowers10

Top Reuters story today: Four more dogs found dead in Idaho http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/04/11/us-usa-dogs-idaho-idUSBRE93A17D20130411 … #gosnell
4:50 PM – 12 Apr 13

When you gonna announce you are no longer pro-choice, Kirsten? Util then, you are no better than Gosnell’s staff, standing by and allowing the slaughter of babies. Yes, BABIES!

RovesChins on April 12, 2013 at 6:43 PM

Isn’t it ironic, or isn’t it at least of mild interest, that God, as recently as 2,600 years ago had said over and over again that making children “pass through the fire” (fire sacrifice of living babies to Moloch, for prosperity’s sake) was a complaint He had against the people of Israel, and against their leaders. I have equated, on vague reasoning, this to all abortion; to abortion practices and philosophy.

And now today, we see the the overlap, the nexus, of abortion and infanticide. Abortion overlaps out of nine monts of preganancy and birth by minutes, hours, or (as Barbara Boxer informs us) days, into what civilized men and women would call infanticide; and yet manslaughter is extended backwards into the womb.

The only difference I can see her is a matter of intent. A disgruntled boyfriend kicks his 8 1/2-months pregnant girlfriend in the belly and destroy the baby (or whatever you call it) and, maybe, is charged with manslaughter, while a doctor can destroy it at 8 1/2-months under protection of the law.

And now this doctor says that destroying it a matter of minutes after it starts starts breathing and crying, because the intent was to abort, is simply a matter of disposing of the POC (products of conception); ensuring fetal demise, collecting of the feet, collecting the pay checks, paying the staff and paying the rent.

What do we want our society to be? What do we want our view of human life to be? To whom do we grant the so-called inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursit of happiness?

flicker on April 12, 2013 at 6:45 PM

How far left and dishonest is the MSM? Liberal websites have forced them to pay attention. And, FNC hasn’t had that much coverage either.

bw222 on April 12, 2013 at 6:43 PM

Yep. Most of their coverage has been about how nobody is covering it. I wonder about FOX News sometimes.

VegasRick on April 12, 2013 at 6:47 PM

Remember when ALL of them went on and on and on about Romney’s “cruelty” of putting his dog in a crate on top of his car? Remember how “crucial” and “riveting” that story was? For days and days and days? I don’t want to hear one fluking excuse from the propagana division about why they are NOT covering this.

sablegsd on April 12, 2013 at 6:51 PM

I don’t know that Gosnell is THE worst. There was Harold Shipman, a doctor in the UK who was convicted of murder and is suspected of having killed more than 250 people, mostly elderly, by giving them overdoses of heroin.

Of course, if you think every abortion is a murder than Gosnell’s score is a lot higher than that. But if you only include 3rd trimester abortions, I bet he didn’t score as high.

Steven Den Beste on April 12, 2013 at 6:53 PM

Now, folks in that position are extremely vulnerable, and can be completely won over without further accusations of what they’re beginning to recognize (that they’ve been utterly deluded).
Jus sayin. Walking carefully, I am.
 
pambi on April 12, 2013 at 4:57 PM

 
And this is why there is a blackout. Once you lower the barricade just a little, to really think about what all this means, it is over. The Democrats can’t allow that to happen.
 
cptacek on April 12, 2013 at 6:01 PM

 
Not to mention risking a national conversation where it slips out that rape/incest-related abortions only account for ~1% of total abortions, and health-related only account for ~7%.
 
Meaning 92% could’ve been avoided.
 
Those aren’t arbitrary numbers to make a point, btw. They’re actual stats from the Guttmacher Institute:
 
http://www.guttmacher.org/pubs/journals/3711005.pdf
 
See page 113.

rogerb on April 12, 2013 at 6:54 PM

share this story with others- people might be under the impression that the gosnell story is a rare and unusual case and once you tell them that this happens all over the country, they might rethink their position on abortion…

Delaware abortion clinic facing charges of unsafe and unsanitary conditions

Sachiko on April 12, 2013 at 6:55 PM

BTW:
 

The Guttmacher Institute was founded in 1968 as the Center for Family Planning Program Development…
 
The Center was originally housed within the corporate structure of Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA). Its program, however, was independently developed and overseen by a National Advisory Council separate from the PPFA Board of Directors. Its early development was nurtured by Alan F. Guttmacher, an eminent obstetrician-gynecologist, teacher and writer who was PPFA’s president for more than a decade until his death in 1974. The Center was renamed in Dr. Guttmacher’s memory
 
http://www.guttmacher.org/about/history.html

 
How’s that for a source?

rogerb on April 12, 2013 at 6:58 PM

erin burnett will actually report on the trial…with snark more than likely…

cmsinaz on April 12, 2013 at 7:01 PM

Would appreciate some reports of these MSM’s coverage for those who have time to check those out.

pambi on April 12, 2013 at 7:20 PM

If the MSM picks this up they’re gonna push two narratives:
1. It happened because abortion laws are too strict.
2. Gosnell is a madman right up there with Ted Bundy.

29Victor on April 12, 2013 at 7:23 PM

cptacek on April 12, 2013 at 6:01 PM

There is no such thing as partially human. Either you are human or you’re not. People understand this. But if the babies weren’t human then why was this an atrocity? And if they are then why aren’t they endowed with the same unalienable rights as the rest of us?

This is why the MSM isn’t reporting in this. This js why the abortionists have to be absolutist on this issue. The slavers 180 years ago acted exactly the same way.

29Victor on April 12, 2013 at 7:29 PM

How far left and dishonest is the MSM? Liberal websites have forced them to pay attention. And, FNC hasn’t had that much coverage either.

bw222 on April 12, 2013 at 6:43 PM

blockquote>Yep. Most of their coverage has been about how nobody is covering it. I wonder about FOX News sometimes.

VegasRick on April 12, 2013 at 6:47 PM

Aye, Fox News only has to cover it more than the liberal networks to get high-fives from us. We’re cheap dates.

This is what happens when Fox News has zero competition.

Anyone know if this courtroom allows live cameras, OJ-style?

slickwillie2001 on April 12, 2013 at 7:52 PM

Very powerful editorial cartoon that has appeared in a number of western Pennsylvania newspapers.

“Nothing to see here.”

Pass this link along, please.

PatriotGal2257 on April 12, 2013 at 8:20 PM

And that’s good – they should give coverage to stories about cruelty to animals.

TigerPaw on April 12, 2013 at 6:14 PM

You childish “pet parents” who have elevated the status of pets to equate humans are part of the idiot generation that have devalued human life.

Grow the hell up. So tired of the feminization of our culture which has the led the slaughter of more children than any “war of man” in our history.

ClassicCon on April 12, 2013 at 8:22 PM

Aye, Fox News only has to cover it more than the liberal networks to get high-fives from us. We’re cheap dates.

This is what happens when Fox News has zero competition.

Anyone know if this courtroom allows live cameras, OJ-style?

slickwillie2001 on April 12, 2013 at 7:52 PM

CNN just had Gosnell as its lead story on two consecutive shows – Erin Burnett and Anderson Cooper 360.

bw222 on April 12, 2013 at 8:27 PM

slickwillie2001 on April 12, 2013 at 7:52 PM

There’s a new conservative TV cable network starting July 4. It will be interesting to see how many cable networks run them:

http://broadcastengineering.com/one-america-news-network-chooses-ross-video-and-integrated-media-technologies-july-launch

You’re right. FNC has taken conservatives for a ride. I have not watched it in two years.

bw222 on April 12, 2013 at 8:33 PM

i watched ac36o’s report. gosnell was the lead story and anderson cooper did a good job of reporting all the disturbing details and political coverup. he even mentioned that major news outlets have not covered this story as much as one would expect. he even admitted, it’s CNN’s first night covering this. then there were three guys being interviewed, can’t remember the names. they talked about the racism angle and the women who were sickened and murdered, plus the fact that the health violations were not investigated. at the end, cooper asked, why hasn’t mainstream media covered this story more? one of the guys was a liberal idiot and said “conservatives are saying this is media bias to protect pro-choice advocates… i don’t buy it. it’s actually a business decision. in the news business we pick stories that we think people will be interested in.” what a bs answer… then another guy gave a better answer: he said it’s because a lot of people out there are uncomfortable talking about abortion.

that guy actually did a documentary about the patients in gosnell’s clinic. i had never heard of it. but here is the link. share it with others!!

Very powerful editorial cartoon that has appeared in a number of western Pennsylvania newspapers.

“Nothing to see here.”

Pass this link along, please.

PatriotGal2257 on April 12, 2013 at 8:20 PM

that’s really good! and creepy.

Sachiko on April 12, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Shows you how often I have watched The Simpsons. Well old Armin sure chose right, being a cartoon and all. Not to be taken seriously.

totherightofthem on April 12, 2013 at 8:51 PM

This has probably already been said, but the simple fact is that if the liberal media criticize this guy, they’re by default criticizing Obama for voting on multiple occasions to make this legal.

BKeyser on April 12, 2013 at 9:24 PM

Sachiko on April 12, 2013 at 8:44 PM

Are you saying that Anderson Cooper had the guy that produced that film, on his show ??
The production was fantastic, and that really surprises me. CNN ??

Sounds like AC did a reasonable job, then.
???

pambi on April 12, 2013 at 9:25 PM

Gosnell is to pro-lifers as Newton was to gun control advocates. That is why you aren’t going see it covered in the MSM. It is their nightmare come true. It hits all the third rails. From my post:

http://truthandcommonsense.com/2013/04/12/is-the-gosnell-trial-pro-choice-supporters-newtown-media-blacks-out-the-death-of-hundreds/

…The mix of players and issues is unique. You have a corrupt black abortion doctor primarily dealing with black patients for decades in a city long ago controlled by liberal politics. What we have here is a “Newton massacre” five times larger in body count, yet NO national coverage is occurring.

Why? Simple. Newton fits their agenda. Gosnell flies in the face of their agenda. Given the choice on whether to act with ethics or morality or with a desire to tell the truth or hide the inconvenient facts they don’t want to share with the country, the MSM chose to be unethical cowards. They don’t want to talk about abortion or race or the abuses. They don’t want to talk about how Pennsylvania stopped enforcing basic health regulations in abortion clinics due to liberal political pressure. How many people have been injured or killed because of this PC madness?

They love death by guns because it supports the “nobody should own a gun!” argument.

They don’t want to talk about deaths by a sloppy criminal doctor and the grimy murder mill that was killing viable babies and their mothers. Here is a list of the “third rails” this case hits.

1. Abortion

2. Race

3. City corruption

4. Political correctness

5. murder of babies

6. mistreatment of mothers of lower income in abortion clinic

You can see why “they” don’t want to talk about it. And to have Detroit papers claim it to be a “local story” in Philly as justification not to cover it just reinforces what we all suspect.

There is no honor or truth on the other side. It is and will always be “The ends justify the means.”…

They will never admit to this. They hope it will go away. The mistreatment, the politically correct effort to ignore the dangers the lower income people dealt with, the violence prepetrated on the innocent….

No you will not see Jim Carrey do a bit on this, or Susan Sarandon march in protest, or super model pose naked to highlight the atrocities like they do with furs.

Nope. Which means they have no soul. But we already knew that didn’t we.

archer52 on April 12, 2013 at 9:33 PM

archer52 on April 12, 2013 at 9:33 PM

Well said.

pambi on April 12, 2013 at 10:22 PM

I’ve caused a friend to literally leave a conversation – Dave Weigle

Wow, the hat trick: socially liberalcommie-liberal, a Journ0lista, and an infinitive splitter. Do they teach grammar in journalism schools?

Knott Buyinit on April 12, 2013 at 10:32 PM

This Gosnell stuff is just getting boring. I thought the gay marriage stuff on Hotair was going overboard, but at least it’s a real issue.

thuja on April 12, 2013 at 11:17 PM

That’s why we had Nuremburg and some hangings to follow.

Sherman1864 on April 12, 2013 at 11:51 PM

This Gosnell stuff is just getting boring. I thought the gay marriage stuff on Hotair was going overboard, but at least it’s a real issue.

thuja on April 12, 2013 at 11:17 PM

Then put away your hashpipe and go to bed, you’re not making sense.

itsspideyman on April 13, 2013 at 12:09 AM

the most successful serial killer in the history of the world

Bwahahahahahahaha

so…. Harry Truman & the US Government…… vaporizing 120 schools, in the blink of and eye, loaded with kids and teachers, would rate #2?….. or were those people just JAPS & don’t really count?

roflmmfao

donabernathy on April 13, 2013 at 3:49 AM

roflmmfao

donabernathy on April 13, 2013 at 3:49 AM

You really don’t understand the difference between an act of war and what Gosnell did?

Good Solid B-Plus on April 13, 2013 at 4:03 AM

Horror stories of abortionists are less likely to permeate that bubble than, say, a story about a right-wing pundit attacking an abortionist who then claims to have gotten death threats.

Therein lies not only the hypocrisy but the dishonesty.

When one can no longer objectively “report” the news, you’ve simply become a propagandist and advocate. You’ve moved beyond the somewhat reasonable assumption an average person makes that your stories are truthfully reported based on facts, to dishonestly and deliberately using that trust to further a personal agenda.

I understand more informed people find it hard to believe the media deserves any level of trust. Polls have shown, ad infinitum, the public generally has a low and continually decreasing opinion of the press.

But there remains an influential part of the public who still believes, for whatever reason, a fair degree of what’s written. More importantly, they are also sculpted by what is not written which might destroy the fabrications from previous reporting. That’s grotesque manipulation and abuse of trust.

The press is given a fairly sacred role in our society because at one time they used truth instead of personal proclivities as a basis for their stories. But when that trust is abused as a tool to manipulate, parrot false memes and continuously push fallacious stories it removes any sanctity that position deserves.

They should not only be ashamed, but a public who has been treated as a bunch of dupes and rubes, should disabuse them of any notion that such behavior can continue unabated.

Marcus Traianus on April 13, 2013 at 6:14 AM

They should not only be ashamed, but a public who has been treated as a bunch of dupes and rubes, should disabuse them of any notion that such behavior can continue unabated.

Marcus Traianus on April 13, 2013 at 6:14 AM

the press treats them that way because the people in the press believe they are that way. the press has no respect for the people. the press thinks they are better more educated and have more class than the public. therefore the press dictate to us instead of reporting the facts. Instead of us reading the facts and making our own decisions. they don’t want us making decisions, because since we are stupid, in their minds,any decisions we make will also be stupid. Therefore in their view they must GUIDE us into the correct decision.

PRAVDA in a nutshell.

unseen on April 13, 2013 at 6:39 AM

donabernathy on April 13, 2013 at 3:49 AM

of course try to put a level of gray into an issue that is black and white. It’s what liberals always do.

The two are not the same. War isn’t murder. words mean things. This concept of shades of grey in everything is nothing but liberal hogwash. Most issues are black and white. Gosnell ‘s murder of infants, his malpractice towards women who entrusted their care to him, and his total disregard for human life is 100% wrong. Trying to equate a man like Gosnell with a leader making a decision during war time to save AMerican lives at the expense of the enemy’s life is just illiogical on the surface.

unseen on April 13, 2013 at 6:45 AM

but at least it’s a real issue.

thuja on April 12, 2013 at 11:17 PM

^ typical stupidity.

unseen on April 13, 2013 at 6:46 AM

.
1.Abortion

2. Race

3. City corruption

4. Political correctness

5. murder of babies

6. mistreatment of mothers of lower income in abortion clinic

archer52 on April 12, 2013 at 9:33 PM

good post except the list should only have 5 things since number 1 and number 5 on your list are the same thing.

unseen on April 13, 2013 at 6:50 AM

http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/04/why-dr-kermit-gosnells-trial-should-be-a-front-page-story/274944/

Please note: This post contains graphic descriptions and imagery.

The grand jury report in the case of Kermit Gosnell, 72, is among the most horrifying I’ve read. “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,” it states. “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.”

Charged with seven counts of first-degree murder, Gosnell is now standing trial in a Philadelphia courtroom. An NBC affiliate’s coverage includes testimony as grisly as you’d expect. “An unlicensed medical school graduate delivered graphic testimony about the chaos at a Philadelphia clinic where he helped perform late-term abortions,” the channel reports. “Stephen Massof described how he snipped the spinal cords of babies, calling it, ‘literally a beheading. It is separating the brain from the body.’ He testified that at times, when women were given medicine to speed up their deliveries, ‘it would rain fetuses. Fetuses and blood all over the place.’”

ted c on April 13, 2013 at 8:30 AM

I’m glad to see the issue finally getting through the bubble of the leftstream media (despite their best efforts to smother it with a blackout).

Can’t help but be struck by the notion that Terry Moran sounds impressed by Gosnell’s achievement.

Kermit Gosnell is probably the most successful serial killer in the history of the world.

— Terry Moran (@TerryMoran) April 12, 2013

Creepy much?

CitizenEgg on April 13, 2013 at 8:35 AM

If the left can create death panels in Ocare(yes, Virginia, there are death panels and SP was right), then what’s to stop them from creating those panels for the poor at some point. Prezzy You’ve Made Enough Money or Saved Enough for Retirement might just decide that you’ve procreated enough and mandate abortions. The Chicoms do it and if it’s good enough for them, well…oh, and it just might save the planet, too.

Kissmygrits on April 13, 2013 at 9:22 AM

But if you only include 3rd trimester abortions, I bet he didn’t score as high.

Steven Den Beste on April 12, 2013 at 6:53 PM

You kidding? As long as he was in practice, you don’t think he passed the 250 mark?

Dude, I bet he did that many every year.

Midas on April 13, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) on Friday tweeted out the slogan for what he said would be his new campaign bumper sticker, which combines two hot-button conservative issues into one controversial sound bite.

Our campaign bumper sticker: If babies had guns, they wouldn’t be aborted. stockman2014.com#gosnell#tcottwitter.com/ReElectStockma…

— Rep. Steve Stockman (@ReElectStockman) April 12, 2013

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unseen on April 13, 2013 at 9:48 AM

This Gosnell stuff is just getting boring. I thought the gay marriage stuff on Hotair was going overboard, but at least it’s a real issue.

thuja on April 12, 2013 at 11:17 PM

For someone not interested in following the Gosnell abattoir epiphany, you sure do comment on it a lot.

What if there was a lefty coverup and no one came?

http://jezebel.com/5737946/horrifying-abortion-doctor-charged-with-murder

http://www.salon.com/2013/04/12/there_is_no_gosnell_coverup/

http://jezebel.com/why-we-need-to-talk-about-the-horrifying-gosnell-aborti-472647762

libfreeordie on April 13, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Every one of those articles was dated after the Dextrosphere published the picture of the empty media row at Gosnell’s trial. CYA much?

gryphon202 on April 13, 2013 at 11:05 AM

There are six things the Lord hates,
seven that are detestable to him:
haughty eyes,
a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,
a heart that devises wicked schemes,
feet that are quick to rush into evil,
a false witness who pours out lies
and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.
Proverbs 6

balkanmom on April 13, 2013 at 11:25 AM

In fact, Gosnell has gotten even more coverage than that, as CNN, the NYT, the Washington Post, and a few more media outlets did report his arrest when it happened.

Armin Tamzarian on April 12, 2013 at 4:48 PM

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They were setting up in case he was being falsely accused of being a murderer… instead of being just a hard working Leftist/Dem/Obama Approved SOP baby killer.
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The facts are coming out in the trial… and they are trying to ignore that part of the story… but you’re right, they did cover it, until it made their abortion any time, any place, no excuses agenda look murderously ghoulish.
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RalphyBoy on April 13, 2013 at 11:37 AM

What if there was a lefty coverup and no one came?

http://jezebel.com/5737946/horrifying-abortion-doctor-charged-with-murder

http://www.salon.com/2013/04/12/there_is_no_gosnell_coverup/

http://jezebel.com/why-we-need-to-talk-about-the-horrifying-gosnell-aborti-472647762

libfreeordie on April 13, 2013 at 11:00 AM

The point – as I know you realize – is not that there is NO coverage whatsoever – there is an iota of coverage, which allows liberals like you to say “see, it got covered”.

No, the point is that for far, far less newsworthy things, things that help the liberal narrative, get wall to wall 24 hour coverage, while this horror show, which very much hurts the liberal narrative, gets very little coverage.

You can claim to deny it all you want, but everyone who has an ounce of intelligence knows the truth.

The media is biased and therefore does not present news. They advocate. And part of that advocacy is picking what stories to promote endlessly and which stories to bury.

Now, with buried stories, to perpetuate the myth that they are in the business of news and not advocacy, they will perform some limited coverage to allow you and others like you to continue to pretend that CNN, for instance, is not an advocacy group but a news organization.

Monkeytoe on April 13, 2013 at 11:38 AM

Failure to report accurately on this should indict the media as accomplices after the fact. Shame that being a slavish, Marxist, anti American bunch of traitorous hacks who ignore their Constitutionally appointed duty isn’t punishable in a court of law.

cornbred on April 13, 2013 at 11:40 AM

I’ve caused a friend to literally leave a conversation – Dave Weigle

But have you ever caused one to figuratively leave the conversation?

Monkeytoe on April 13, 2013 at 11:42 AM

What if there was a lefty coverup and no one came?

libfreeordie on April 13, 2013 at 11:00 AM

 
Every one of those articles was dated after the Dextrosphere published the picture of the empty media row at Gosnell’s trial. CYA much?
 
gryphon202 on April 13, 2013 at 11:05 AM

 
Well done, professor.

rogerb on April 13, 2013 at 11:44 AM

If the MSM picks this up they’re gonna push two narratives:
1. It happened because abortion gun laws are too strict.
2. Gosnell is a madman right up there with Ted Bundy Adam Lanza.

29Victor on April 12, 2013 at 7:23 PM

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So I guess they won’t be calling for an abortion ban?
Or a ban on how many abortions a doc can perform?
Or maybe a brain scan of abortion doctors while they recount their many abortions?
Or a background check before one can obtain an abortion?
Or a three-day waiting period?…
etc?…

RalphyBoy on April 13, 2013 at 11:53 AM

So I guess they won’t be calling for an abortion ban?
Or a ban on how many abortions a doc can perform?
Or maybe a brain scan of abortion doctors while they recount their many abortions?
Or a background check before one can obtain an abortion?
Or a three-day waiting period?…
etc?…
 
RalphyBoy on April 13, 2013 at 11:53 AM

 
I’d write “the truly amazing thing” but it’s not amazing at all. I’ll write “the funny thing” instead:
 
The funny thing is to understand that rape-/incest-related abortions are 1% of all abortions, and society is expected to accept the other 99% simply to allow for that 1%. Not only that, but abortion should be made MORE accessible (paid for) and with fewer overall restrictions.
 
Now think of that same party’s view on firearms.
 
About 1% of privately owned guns (of which “assault weapons” are a small percentage of) are involved in the majority of gun crimes, but society must do everything we can to increase background checks, ban guns that look a certain way, etc.
 
Both for ~1% of each population, both contradictory and completely opposite views, and both from the same people.
 
Amazing, isn’t it?

rogerb on April 13, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Whats amazing is that Luke Russets father when he was alive once said in the audience of Pope John Paul that Luke was a solider of christ.
The complicity with which he and his fellow journalist hide the facts of this story and its implications along with other “right wing” issues is a travesity to his departed father. I am sure there is no peace where there is deception and so I hope his fathers spirit puts the fear of God in him, so that issues such as illegal immigration, gun control, obamacare, energy and yes abortion start to be reported in an honest manner which is not the case now.

nicknack60 on April 13, 2013 at 12:40 PM

ted c on April 13, 2013 at 8:30 AM

And video to go along with….if you can stomach it, with pictures being more powerful than words..
http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2013/04/empty-reserved-media-seats-at-abortion-gosnell-murder-trial-must-watch-video-documentary/

tencole on April 13, 2013 at 2:56 PM

rogerb on April 13, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Touche.

tencole on April 13, 2013 at 2:58 PM

Amazing, isn’t it?

rogerb on April 13, 2013 at 12:23 PM

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Liberalism is a form of schizophrenia… with a heavy dose of control freak… and an even bigger dose of evil.

I believe the end game to the abortion cult is coerced abortions for high school girls (which will be the fall back plan when the condoms they hand inevitably out run out on a Saturday Night)… No parental notification required allowed.

RalphyBoy on April 13, 2013 at 3:10 PM

when the condoms they hand out inevitably run out on a Saturday Night

proof read, edit, proof read again… pfft…

RalphyBoy on April 13, 2013 at 3:32 PM

I’ve said it before on other Hot Air threads, and I guess I need to repeat it here, since I’m seeing more criticism of dog killing stories.

I am a right winger. I am a pro lifer.

But I am also strongly opposed and disgusted by animal cruelty.

Right wingers – and Kirsten Powers – need to stop criticizing coverage of animal cruelty all in the guise of slamming liberals who aren’t covering abortion or covering it enough.

One can be against both abortion and animal cruelty. Both need to be covered in the media.

TigerPaw on April 12, 2013 at 5:39 PM

I’m with you.

bmmg39 on April 13, 2013 at 6:29 PM

Gosnell had full approval of O (in view of his yea votes for well, infanticide. Other votes were always present) Any way you want to cut it it is A OK with Dear leader. This is the mind frame of POTUS. He calls babies punishment, an annoyance. I think I remember O saying he wouldn’t want his girls punished with a baby. Stout thinking there, dad. What if they one day want to start a family and are unable to do so? I does happen and it happens many times to women who have had a prior abortion. Words mean something and often there are consequences to words uttered. The MSM or ‘legitimate’ media as Biden calls our in the tank for O tabloids have a long row to hoe and much to answer for. I think the bets knew about the ‘story’ and made a conscience decision to not report on it. Sad, sad day for America when the press (which is supposed to be free and impartial) is merely a propaganda outlet for the regime.

dylan on April 14, 2013 at 4:03 PM

I wonder how many reporters would be interested in doing more on the Gosnell case. Newsrooms aren’t the most rigid of environments, but news directors and assignment managers do have a lot of control over what sorts of stories you cover.

I could easily see stations choosing to avoid the story because of some lame market research-inspired reason, even if reporters wanted to cover it.

hawksruleva on April 15, 2013 at 10:14 AM

To be fair, Kirsten Powers had a pretty big op-ed on Gosnell in USA TODAY last week. So her tweet about a pet story doesn’t instantly mean she’s an example of the media avoiding the Gosnell case.

hawksruleva on April 15, 2013 at 10:15 AM

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