Photo of the Day: Media Row at the Gosnell trial

posted at 12:01 pm on April 12, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Via Breitbart and Patheos, this image comes from JD Mullane of the Bucks County Courier Times, who is one of the few reporters covering the trial of Kermit Gosnell.  If you want to know why there aren’t more reporters sitting in these seats, Mullane explains:

Sat through a full day of testimony at the Kermitt Gosnell trial today. It is beyond the most morbid Hollywood horror. It will change you.

Well, we can’t have that, can we? Patheos’ Mollie Hemingway followed up with Mullane to confirm that the media section was really this empty, and Mullane confirmed:

I was surprised by the picture and asked “really?” He responded “Local press was there, Inky, PhillyMag, NBC10 blogger. Court staff told me nobody else has shown up.”

Amazing:

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Mollie challenged reporters on Twitter yesterday why they write about abortion policy but not the Gosnell trial.  One reporter, Sarah Kliff at the Washington Post, responded to Mollie:

Compare this to the media firestorm over the Komen Foundation’s all-too-temporary decision not to fund Planned Parenthood for breast-cancer screening over the tiny detail of PP not having any mammograms in their clinics.  For that matter, Mollie writes, compare that to the “local crime story” coverage of the Trayvon Martin or Matthew Shepard cases:

So when a private foundation privately decides to stop giving money to the country’s largest abortion provider, that is somehow a policy issue deserving of three dozen breathless hits. When a yahoo political candidate says something stupid about rape, that is a policy issue of such import that we got another three dozen hits about it from this reporter. It was so important that journalists found it fitting to ask every pro-lifer in their path to discuss it. And when someone says something mean to a birth control activist, that’s good for months of puffy profiles.

But gosh darn it, can you think of any policy implications to this, uh, “local crime” story? And that’s all it is. Just like a bunch of other local stories the Washington Postalso refuses to cover — local crimes such as the killing of Trayvon Martin and the killing of Matthew Shepard and the killing of students at an elementary school in Connecticut. Did the Washington Post even think of covering those local crime stories? No! Oh wait, they did? Like, all the time? Hmm. That’s weird. But did they cover them in terms of policy implications? Asking politicians for their views and such? Oh they did that, too? Hmm. So weird. Oh, and Sarah Kliff herself wrote one of those stories? Well, gosh, I’m so confused.

And what policies could possibly be under discussion with this Gosnell trial? Other than, you know, abortion clinic hiring practices? And enforcement of sanitary conditions? And laws on abortion practices that extend to killing live infants by beheading them? And the killing of their mothers? And state or federal oversight of clinics with records of botched abortions? And pain medication practices? And how to handle the racist practices of some clinics? And how big of a problem this is (don’t tell anyone but another clinic nearby to Gosnell was shut down this week over similar sanitation concerns)? And disposal of babies’ bodies? And discussion of whether it’s cool to snip baby’s spines after they’re born? And how often are abortion clinics inspected anyway? What are the results of inspections? When emergency rooms take in victims of botched abortions, do they report that? How did this clinic go 17 years without an inspection? Gosh, I just can’t think of a single health policy angle here. Can you?

I mean, God forbid we go big and actually discuss abortion policy in general — something Kliff is usually quite keen to do. (Here’s her 2010 piece for Newsweek headlined Remember Roe!)

Erick Erickson says that someone killing a dog would get more national coverage:

Gosnell is now on trial two years after his arrest. The stories coming from the trial via the few outlets willing to pay attention are horrific and gruesome. But what’s more, similar stories are trickling out from other abortion clinics. The uncommon barbarism of Kermit Gosnell’s clinic turns out to be more common than most might imagine.

But they won’t imagine it. Like with Dave Weigel from Slate, most reporters have never paid attention to the trial or the horrors of many abortion clinics. Reporters lean left, are sympathetic to abortion, and view the right’s demands for coverage unsympathetically because of the reporters’ biases.

Within the media coverage Gosnell is either a story they covered in 2011 or something they won’t cover at all. If they cover it now, they do so in passing so they can say they covered it. But they won’t devote the resources to it as they would if Gosnell had killed dogs. He only killed babies. …

Had Kermit Gosnell killed dogs, HLN would be giving it wall to wall coverage as they do all sorts of sensational trials. Nancy Grace would be in full outrage mode every night through the course of the trial.

I’m not sure I agree with Erick on this one.  I don’t recall the media paying much attention to Michael Vick’s local crime case of dogfighting and dog killings.  Oh, wait

CBS News certainly seems interested in dog stories.  Here’s a list of dog stories from the CBS News RSS feed this week, including one about — Erick guessed it — a dog killing:

Now here are all the links from the same feed about the Gosnell trial this week:

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The last mention of the Gosnell trial from CBS was March 21st.

Matt Lewis argues that newsrooms need more Christians in place to better grasp coverage needs as well as better analysis:

Conservatives have long lamented our East Coast secular media, charging that its worldview bias (even more than its overt political bias) skews America’s information supply. Too often, Christians feel like they’re cast as the type of fringe characters one might associate with the bar scene from Star Wars. (And remember, 77 percent of Americans identify as Christians.)

This longstanding lack of diversity in the newsroom is confirmed by the Times McCandlish Phillips obituary, which noted that “there were [no other evangelical Christians working at theTimes] when he joined the paper.”

That was unfortunate. Media outlets who want to understand America should at least have a few journalists hanging around who share — or at least, aren’t hostile to — the Christian faith. …

Why does this matter? This sort of diversity isn’t just important because of the creeping worldview bias, but also in terms of selection bias.

Perhaps it would be enough if they included enough humans who valued babies a little more than dogs.

Let’s give the last word to Conor Friedersdorf, who wrote a lengthy distillation of the Gosnell grand-jury report as a way to demonstrate why this should be a front-page story across the nation:

For this isn’t solely a story about babies having their heads severed, though it is that. It is also a story about a place where, according to the grand jury, women were sent to give birth into toilets; where a doctor casually spread gonorrhea and chlamydiae to unsuspecting women through the reuse of cheap, disposable instruments; an office where a 15-year-old administered anesthesia; an office where former workers admit to playing games when giving patients powerful narcotics; an office where white women were attended to by a doctor and black women were pawned off on clueless untrained staffers. Any single one of those things would itself make for a blockbuster news story. Is it even conceivable that an optometrist who attended to his white patients in a clean office while an intern took care of the black patients in a filthy room wouldn’t make national headlines?

But it isn’t even solely a story of a rogue clinic that’s awful in all sorts of sensational ways either. Multiple local and state agencies are implicated in an oversight failure that is epic in proportions! If I were a city editor for any Philadelphia newspaper the grand jury report would suggest a dozen major investigative projects I could undertake if I had the staff to support them. And I probably wouldn’t have the staff. But there is so much fodder for additional reporting.

There is, finally, the fact that abortion, one of the most hotly contested, polarizing debates in the country, is at the center of this case. It arguably informs the abortion debate in any number of ways, and has numerous plausible implications for abortion policy, including the oversight and regulation of clinics, the appropriateness of late-term abortions, the penalties for failing to report abuses, the statute of limitations for killings like those with which Gosnell is charged, whether staff should be legally culpable for the bad behavior of doctors under whom they work…

There’s just no end to it.

To sum up, this story has numerous elements any one of which would normally make it a major story. And setting aside conventions, which are flawed, this ought to be a big story on the merits.

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Megyn Kelly reporting on this right now with Kirsten Powers & Molloe

Naturally Curly on April 12, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Many of us are getting the word out, best we can.
Even the most ardent pro-choicers in my circle would truly be AGHAST at this news, so I’m trying my best to appeal to their senses of idignation over the CONDITIONS, if nothing else.
Eventually, someone’s going to raise a stink over how ‘back alley’ this clinic(and others, I’m sure) operated … IF WE SUCCEED TO GET THE WORD OUT. FORWARD.
My heart hurts.

pambi on April 12, 2013 at 1:43 PM

this horrific story just even more horrific as the days go by

…..and the MSM embargo continues…..

……………just like BENGHAZI……………..
.

…………………….JUST LIKE FAST AND FURIOUS………..

…………………………JUST LIKE ACORN………….

if they don’t want to talk about it, they don’t

it’s all about The Narrative

ted c on April 12, 2013 at 1:44 PM

these media types allow killers to go free by ignoring this story…
and more babies to die.

Yet, if an abortion provider gets murdered, well….FRONT PAGE waughhh!!!

ted c on April 12, 2013 at 1:45 PM

Grand Jury Testimony: Gosnell Had Clean Waiting Room for White Patients Only

Resist We Much on April 12, 2013 at 1:35 PM

libfreeordie, please pick up the Courtesy Phone…

Del Dolemonte on April 12, 2013 at 1:49 PM

Lets face it they are all to busy trying to steal law abiding citizens rights to bear arms. If they wrote about this atrocity to mankind, it may hurt their images as saviors of the free world.

DDay on April 12, 2013 at 1:51 PM

if they don’t want to talk about it, they don’t

it’s all about The Narrative

ted c on April 12, 2013 at 1:44 PM

All one needs to know is that wiki is seriously considering deleting their entire page for Gosnell.

First Amendment be damned!

Del Dolemonte on April 12, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Sandy Hook, the killing of an abortionist, and Trayvon Martin were all ‘local crimes’, weren’t they? If not, then why?

If Gosnell walks, the story will be national news with representatives from NOW, the ACLU, PP, and the whole liberal cast of characters trotted out to tell how it was ‘a great day for women’s health and reproductive rights’ against the War on Women.

Liam on April 12, 2013 at 1:57 PM

If karma exists, ALL these bastids, media, murderers, and political hacks alike, will burn in Hell for this.

And that’s much too good of a fate.

NavyMustang on April 12, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Maybe if we had more reporters and less ‘media personalities’ we might get more coverage on this. Wait. what am I thinking? These were only fetuses, it’s not like there were any children involved. Especially not any being killed with those horrible, scary guns. Guns = scary, hemostats and scalpels, nah.

Liberals are never for wont of hypocrisy but this has to be one of the biggest (if not the biggest) hypocrisy of all. Saving our kids from soda, salt, guns, etc. but butchering untold numbers because it’s ‘a woman’s right to choose’. Well, I choose not to have to deal with any more liberal lunacy but I bet that doesn’t work out for me.

ghostwalker1 on April 12, 2013 at 2:02 PM

4. The crimes expose the flimsy liberal narrative on abortion.

5. Liberals fear any regulation of the abortion mill industry will lead to the end of Roe v Wade

workingclass artist on April 12, 2013 at 1:24 PM

These last two points make up the absolute visceral fear of the Liberal Left and are the ones they absolutely don’t want to come out. But even these sporadic reports represent cracks in the dike of their abortion narrative. We need to create more to eventually collapse it. It’s coming, and it’s going to upend not only that narrative, but the whole elite vs. country class mentality as well.

PatriotGal2257 on April 12, 2013 at 2:05 PM

The media refuses to report this for a multitude of reasons:
- The media supports abortion
- It could affect attitudes of those on the fence
- Gosnell is a minority
- It gives the abortion industry a negative image
- Gosnell probably received public fund

So, in the tradition of the discovery of global warming bogus data and Fast and Furious, this is a non-event.

bw222 on April 12, 2013 at 2:07 PM

/Feinsteinmode

It’s legal to hunt children with a scalpel.

/Feinsteinoff

Alberta_Patriot on April 12, 2013 at 2:12 PM

How much of Gosnell’s income was derived through Planned Parenthood?

Another Drew on April 12, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Abortion doctors murder babies every day.

The Rogue Tomato on April 12, 2013 at 12:26 PM

I don’t know about that. The news reporter just the other day gave me the impression that school shootings are so commonplace that we need to remove anyone who even thinks about a gun and shoot them.
/

This whole thing just makes my mind reel. And I have seen more disturbing things than I would care to admit.

Death is too good for this man. He needs to have scaphism performed on him. At the minimum. I don’t think god can even help him now.

Gatsu on April 12, 2013 at 12:35 PM

I am making a reasonable guess here:

a primary motive by media in ignoring the Gosnell ghastly crime spree is that he is but one among many who are engaged in such, that the abortionists are doing nationwide and daily what Gosnell has been identified as doing.

To even pay media-notice to Gosnell’s hideous acts and conditions present in his “delivery of services” would be to provide media coverage to the “industry” of abortion, and that, the Left does not want.

I am guessing that Gosnell is not an exception, that his deeds, his awful, wretched deeds, are not exceptional among others like him.

So media, the Left, has a political (d’oh) need to suppress coverage of Gosnell: they’re trying to hold back the tide by repeating the insipid lie that abortion is about ‘health care for women’ and that the Left ‘cares about women’ and all the rest. In reality, it’s the opposite and Gosnell proves that to be so.

Lourdes on April 12, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Dear leader is making one of the sandy hook moms deliver his weekly address… thats much more newsworthy
-lsm

cmsinaz on April 12, 2013 at 2:23 PM

Apparently if you’re doing something you don’t want the news media to know about, you should be doing it in the back of an abortion clinic. Reporters won’t have a clue, because it doesn’t “fit the narrative” to have a story about bad stuff going on in abortion clinics.

/sarc

Aitch748 on April 12, 2013 at 1:14 PM

I’m surprised most don’t have a thriving drug dealing/money laundering scheme in the back. Wait, they might. We can’t know because we can’t do inspections.

cptacek on April 12, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Our vaunted media will die by its own hand.

Another Drew on April 12, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Many of us are getting the word out, best we can.
Even the most ardent pro-choicers in my circle would truly be AGHAST at this news, so I’m trying my best to appeal to their senses of idignation over the CONDITIONS, if nothing else.
Eventually, someone’s going to raise a stink over how ‘back alley’ this clinic(and others, I’m sure) operated … IF WE SUCCEED TO GET THE WORD OUT. FORWARD.
My heart hurts.

pambi on April 12, 2013 at 1:43 PM

I am emphasizing this as well. The STDs, the blood on the gurneys and the separate waiting rooms for white and black women seem to draw people to read it.

cptacek on April 12, 2013 at 2:27 PM

Lourdes on April 12, 2013 at 2:20 PM

The Left is trying its best to make this case go away. A new tack, though not unexpected, is that anti-abortion sentiment is what drove Gosnell’s clinic ‘underground’, forcing women to use him instead of going to a cleaner place. As if it’s perfectly okay to murder a baby in a ‘nicer’ environment.

Nah — Gosnell’s not a butcher, really. The only reason he’s so bad and has victims other than murdered babies is because of anti-abortionists.

Liam on April 12, 2013 at 2:28 PM

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

Terry Moran (@TerryMoran) April 12, 2013

He might be. But how do we know? His clinic hasn’t been inspected for 10s of years. Are there others? Probably. More like Highly Probable.

cptacek on April 12, 2013 at 2:30 PM

So, some are upset that more media aren’t using dead children to push a political agenda.

What is this, Kos?

Moesart on April 12, 2013 at 1:29 PM

No, they are upset that media are ignoring the murders of children in order to push a political agenda.

Sockpuppet Politic on April 12, 2013 at 2:37 PM

A couple weeks ago Facebook was ablaze with the SSM issue with MANY changing their profile picture to the SSM symbol.

I have seen NOTHING being communicated/forwarded about the Gosnell case.

Conservatives are INCOMPETENT when it comes to using social media as a communication tool.

Carnac on April 12, 2013 at 2:40 PM

Nothing to see here. Move along. Pay no attention to that beheaded baby behind the curtain.

Chris of Rights on April 12, 2013 at 2:44 PM

Carnac on April 12, 2013 at 2:40 PM

Sounds like you’ve been inspired to create one !
Besides, those aggravate, more than promote… But, go ahead.

pambi on April 12, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Nothing is more important than taking on over the media. Nothing.

GardenGnome on April 12, 2013 at 12:21 PM

FIFY.

Chris of Rights on April 12, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Carnac on April 12, 2013 at 2:40 PM

Admittedly, you’ve got me thinking ….
I suppose NO ONE would turn the other way to my profile pic being changed to the one view of the wound in the infant’s neck, right ??
Get real.

pambi on April 12, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Hmm .. We need a black young lady with an undercover camera to schedule an abortion in a PP clinic.
Hmm.

pambi on April 12, 2013 at 2:55 PM

Christians in journalism? World Journalism Institute is a start. And World Magazine is all over the Gosnell case.

JackOfClubs on April 12, 2013 at 2:57 PM

JackOfClubs on April 12, 2013 at 2:57 PM

Great link, thanks.

pambi on April 12, 2013 at 3:03 PM

That reminds me of media row for any republican event, also. Did you know that Paul Ryan and the republicans spoke out in response to Obama’s budget numbers? It wasn’t on ABC radio.

Fleuries on April 12, 2013 at 3:04 PM

All those empty chairs are occupied by POTUS’ liberal media entourage.

rukiddingme on April 12, 2013 at 3:06 PM

The GOP are to blame for the fact that the MSM has devolved into nothing more than a propaganda arm for the Democrats and Liberal ideology. Their refusal to speak out boisterously about the MSM’s obscene bias only serves to embolden the MSM to be even more biased.

The new litmus test for GOP candidates should be their willingness to take on the MSM. We’ve been putting the chicken before the egg for far too long.

What’s the point of primary-ing RINOS for not standing up for Conservative principles, if the average voter’s opinions are being formed by Liberal propaganda outlets? The crisis in this country isn’t how far we’ve strayed from the small government principles of the Founding Fathers, that’s old news! The crisis in this country is IGNORANCE of those principles by a public that is being purposely being manipulated and misled by a corrupt media, and the fact that the policital party that’s supposed to be defending those principles stands by and allows this manipulation and misinformation to continue unabated.

ardenenoch on April 12, 2013 at 3:17 PM

Resist We Much on April 12, 2013 at 1:35 PM

No one says it but he’s a racist, through and through, in addition to being a killer.

Schadenfreude on April 12, 2013 at 3:29 PM

Schadenfreude on April 12, 2013 at 3:29 PM

I just refreshed HA to find this, directly from our FB page, where I declared the exact thing.
Truth.

pambi on April 12, 2013 at 3:36 PM

I am surprised that everyone is wondering why MSM is not covering Gosnell. Don’t focus on the national vs local guys. You’re missing the point entirely.
Right now the media focus is on gun restrictions. If another story pops-up where many, many babies were killed, Obama’s narrative about “restricting access to guns so we can protect children” goes up in smoke. Think about it: All of the sudden the discussion would switch from gun restrictions to abortions. People can say whatever they want about Obama and the Chicago way but they have to recognize sooner or later that they are persistent until they achieve what they need. He has used and abused those poor children from Newtown to his political ends. He (and his minions in the MSM that elevated and enabled him) won’t allow a few/dozens/hundreds aborted babies get in the way until he has achieved his goals. It is interesting that the story is finally breaking through right about when the gun legislation is being pushed through…

selimt on April 12, 2013 at 4:28 PM

You won’t see the mainstream treasonous “Potemkin” media at this trial because it exposes the Holy Sacrament of Abortion for what it is: MURDER.

long_cat on April 12, 2013 at 4:54 PM

I am pro-life and believe the media should be giving more attention to this story.

However, I am also concerned about animal welfare issues as well and have no problem with the media covering and exposing cruelty to animals – the public needs to be aware of it.

Just as the left is unconcerned and apathetic towards abortion, so too can most people in general, and right wingers in particular, be very apathetic about animal abuse. (And remember, I am a right winger saying this.)

I realize the point towards the end of the blog post was to make a comment about hypocrisy, to say the media would jump on a story about cruelty to dogs whereas they haven’t been doing the same in regards the the abortion clinic story, but as someone who takes animal abuse very seriously, it bothers me to see any one, for whatever reason, denigrating coverage and concern about animal welfare to make an anti-media or anti-abortion point.

TigerPaw on April 12, 2013 at 5:13 PM

as someone who takes animal abuse very seriously, it bothers me to see any one, for whatever reason, denigrating coverage and concern about animal welfare to make an anti-media or anti-abortion point.

TigerPaw on April 12, 2013 at 5:13 PM

Who here is “denigrating coverage and concern about animal warfare”? All we are correctly doing is pointing out the Democrat Media Double Standard in how they are “covering” these two stories.

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.

But none of those 3 major media outlets are covering the Gosnell trial. This despite the fact that they all covered his original arrest.

Del Dolemonte on April 12, 2013 at 5:31 PM

TigerPaw on April 12, 2013 at 5:13 PM

Both s/b covered, but one should not be used as a diversion to the coverage of the other.

Diversion and charlatanry are all the leftists have left. They never have substance, never. They are tyrannical thugs and killers.

Schadenfreude on April 12, 2013 at 5:41 PM

The media will give one day of this on a Friday, and then forget about it forever. They will never allow it to grow. they will never give it the weight of Newton or Aurora because it goes against the narrative.

Iblis on April 12, 2013 at 6:50 PM

as someone who takes animal abuse very seriously, it bothers me to see any one, for whatever reason, denigrating coverage and concern about animal welfare to make an anti-media or anti-abortion point.

TigerPaw on April 12, 2013 at 5:13 PM

So all those years of being told humans are in fact animals don’t matter…. Seriously ES.

CW on April 12, 2013 at 7:05 PM

I realize the point towards the end of the blog post was to make a comment about hypocrisy, to say the media would jump on a story about cruelty to dogs whereas they haven’t been doing the same in regards the the abortion clinic story, but as someone who takes animal abuse very seriously, it bothers me to see any one, for whatever reason, denigrating coverage and concern about animal welfare to make an anti-media or anti-abortion point.

TigerPaw on April 12, 2013 at 5:13 PM

.
As someone who takes ‘human being abuse’ very seriously, it bothers me to see anyone giving non-human animals the status of “people too”.

listens2glenn on April 13, 2013 at 12:49 AM

Starting to move into the MSM. Article in The Atlantic on April 12th 2013.

SunSword on April 13, 2013 at 8:26 AM

So, some are upset that more media aren’t using dead children to push a political agenda.

What is this, Kos?

Moesart on April 12, 2013 at 1:29 PM

I get it. When the political agenda is to “save lives” by violating the second amendment, you don’t care. When we’re really trying to save lives by bringing an infanticide-embracing abortion doctor/death cultist to justice, then we’re pushing an unjust political agenda. Or did I miss something?

gryphon202 on April 13, 2013 at 10:01 AM

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