CBS News: Even Gosnell’s former attorney wondered where the media was

posted at 12:01 pm on April 15, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

CBS News finally broke away from its coverage of dog news to alert its readers to the existence of Kermit Gosnell’s trial:

The gruesome trial of an abortion provider resumes in Philadelphia Monday. The doctor, Kermit Gosnell, is charged with killing a female patient and seven babies.

Gosnell’s name may not be familiar, and that makes some abortion opponents angry. The case has suddenly become a political firestorm. …

But outside the state, few have even heard about the allegations against Gosnell because his trial has received little national news coverage. CBS News reported on the story at the time it broke in 2011. Just last week, a column in USA Today accused the media of ignoring the story because of what it called a bias in favor of abortion rights. Those charges went viral on Twitter and were picked up by Republicans in Congress.

“Will the decades-long national news media cover-up of the brutality and the violence of abortion methods ever end?” Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., asked.

Even Gosnell’s former attorney wondered where the media has been:

Criminal defense attorney William Brennan has been involved in many high-profile trials, and even represented Gosnell until the drug case became a murder case. He said, “A case involving a medical doctor charged with eight counts of murder. It would seem to me that just that fact pattern would make national news.”

Allahpundit posted on Friday about the NBC/WSJ poll that shows a majority of respondents opposed to legalizing most abortions, except those involving rape, incest, and a physical threat to the life of the mother.  Could this be a result of the firestorm over the lack of coverage — or might it be a harbinger of what will come when the media gets shamed into reporting on Gosnell?

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The split is still relatively narrow, but statistically significant, between general legality and general illegality.  At 52/45, that’s outside the margin of error, and a big shift from just three months ago, when the same poll showed the split at 44/55.  It’s a change of 18 points in the gap. This could be a reaction to the current coverage and the suddenly fierce debate on whether the media tells the truth about abortion.  It also might be the start of a serious erosion for abortion rights, one that this trial will likely fuel as the details of Gosnell’s charnel house and the absolute determination of government regulators to avoid intervention become plain.  

It’s difficult to avoid the conclusion that this is what national media outlets feared.  Thanks to a local reporter named J.D. Mullane and conservative media critics, they cannot avoid it any longer.

This brings me back to another “fact pattern” that should have received national attention — the racial disparity in treatment at Gosnell’s clinic, which Mullane highlighted in his piece yesterday:

Until the FBI raided his clinic in 2010, he had operated for 30 years at 3801 Lancaster Ave., in the clinic he called the “Women’s Health Society.”

There was little healthy about it. Bloody floors, dirty equipment. The filthy gynecological bed with stirrups on which Karnamaya Mongar went into cardiac arrest from a drug reaction, and later died, sat in the middle of the courtroom, in front of the jury.

Tina Baldwin testified that Gosnell treated women differently, based on their race. White women “with money” were taken to an “immaculate” upstairs room where Gosnell treated them personally. Poor black, Latino and other women were kept in the clinic’s dingy, dirty downstairs rooms, and were usually treated by medically unqualified staff.

Tina Baldwin said she asked Gosnell about why he treated white women differently from the others. She recalled him saying, “Sorry, but that’s how it is.”

Can you imagine the national outrage in the media had this treatment been observed at a pro-life clinic? Well, you’ll have to imagine it, because this is yet another story the national media isn’t telling.  That’s also a “fact pattern” that demands observance.

Note: Cover image by editorial cartoonist Tim Hartman for the Beaver County Times.

Update: Elizabeth Scalia has more thoughts on the media going AWOL on a story, including Benghazi but also Barack Obama’s efforts to kill a bill that would have stopped Gosnells in Illinois, which the media didn’t bother to investigate for more than four years.

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White women get pristine facilities, black women die in the filth.

But we shouldn’t talk about it, right, partisan?

Washington Nearsider on April 15, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Wow, women and minorities hardest hit…

cornbred on April 15, 2013 at 12:07 PM

He said, “A case involving a medical doctor charged with eight counts of murder. It would seem to me that just that fact pattern would make national news.”

Well, considering that Conrad Murray’s case was national news with the death of just one freak that would be a logical assumption. And every one of the AWOL news outlets had whole teams of reporters in Los Angeles to cover Murray’s trial.

Happy Nomad on April 15, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Gosnell’s name may not be familiar to our low information viewers, and that makes some abortion opponents angry. The case has suddenly become a low information media firestorm. …

Fixed, for the reality of a media that just isn’t relevant, anymore.

I wonder just how many people (myself included) know what a late term abortion looks like, now, because we read about a newsworthy story that wasn’t first sanitized by low information media?

MNHawk on April 15, 2013 at 12:13 PM

The MSM: All the news that fits our views.

Wino on April 15, 2013 at 12:14 PM

“Sorry, but that’s how it is.”

you’re not kidding if a pro life clinic said

24.7 outrage to say the least….

oh how i hate the double standard…

cmsinaz on April 15, 2013 at 12:15 PM

White women get pristine facilities, black women die in the filth.

But we shouldn’t talk about it, right, partisan?

Washington Nearsider on April 15, 2013 at 12:04 PM

Good thing women don’t have to go to “back alley” abortion clinics thanks to Roe v. Wade. Right?

If I were a pro-murder advocate I would be doing my utmost to condemn Gosnell and unregulated abortion factories. This trial affirms everything the pro-life movement has been saying about abortionists for decades.

Happy Nomad on April 15, 2013 at 12:15 PM

At the very least, this ought to turn more people away from late-term abortions, and even that is a bridge too far for the pro choicers in the media.

Be nice if some so called journalist asked the White House about this, too. We know they’d pelt a Republican with questions about it if the story was uncomfortable for pro-lifers, so let’s get someone who opposed protecting aborted babies born alive on record about this case. Especially, of course, since what he supported in IL is exactly what Gosnell did.

changer1701 on April 15, 2013 at 12:16 PM

I really do hope that 2013 is the year the press takes a look at itself and understands why so few trust them,

don’t hold your breath honey…living in that bubble, hard to bust

cmsinaz on April 15, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Be nice if some so called journalist asked the White House about this, too.

changer1701 on April 15, 2013 at 12:16 PM

The rat-eared devil has weighed in on the Cambridge Police doing its job, Trayvon Martin’s death, Sandra Fluke’s women parts, the NCAA basketball finals, and countless other things the White House has no place involving itself.

But if Jay Carney were handed this question all we would get is a lecture that the trial of an abortion doctor is really something that the President hasn’t been following and doesn’t have an opinion. Nevermind the rat-eared devil did, in fact, support killing children who survived abortions.

Happy Nomad on April 15, 2013 at 12:21 PM

And dispite and in spite of everything that will come out of this trial, Conservatives will continue to be villified by the left and by the LSM as ‘racist’. Where are your weeping hordes?

Yeah I thought so….

Crickets…

*spit*

Tina Baldwin testified that Gosnell treated women differently, based on their race. White women “with money” were taken to an “immaculate” upstairs room where Gosnell treated them personally. Poor black, Latino and other women were kept in the clinic’s dingy, dirty downstairs rooms, and were usually treated by medically unqualified staff.

This black bastard was as racist as they come, and yet the L.I.V. black community will lie in your face and say they are not racist against each other?

Pull the other leg, it has bells on it…

I hope this dirtbag excuse for a human being, gets the death penalty, and screams all the way to hell.

I would love to do to him what he did to those defenseless innocent crying babies…

Snip his spine just enough so that he feels every tear as he is torn limb to limb…

Scrumpy on April 15, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Iowahawk:

Ben Carson or Kermit Gosnell: guess which doctor the media considers “controversial.”

pt on April 15, 2013 at 12:22 PM

If I were a pro-murder advocate I would be doing my utmost to condemn Gosnell and unregulated abortion factories. This trial affirms everything the pro-life movement has been saying about abortionists for decades.

Happy Nomad on April 15, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Isn’t it nuts?

It’s as every talking point, every accusation ever made against abortion ever made were thrown together, run through a blender and hid the result in a dark cupboard in the hope nobody would see it.

I mean this case just has EVERYTHING! Blatant racism, medical quackery, lawbreaking to shame a Democrat politician, ghoulish practices that an R-rated film might not dare to show…the list just goes on and on.

MelonCollie on April 15, 2013 at 12:24 PM

I really would like to believe that we still have a free and unencumbered press, willing to ask difficult questions regardless of who is in office, or what policies a story touches upon.

If we do not, the country is basically over.

Yeah, it’s the second thing.

The Rogue Tomato on April 15, 2013 at 12:24 PM

Gosnell is the rule, not the exception, to the callous, dehumanizing “care” that mothers and their babies receive in abortion mills.

I recently heard Abby Johnson speak about her eight years as director of a major Planned Parenthood abortion mill in Texas. Now a dedicated pro-lifer, she told about the abortionist who, while using ultrasound to view the doomed baby, would move the cannula tube closer and closer, and then turn on the suction machine.

As the suction tore the tiny baby to pieces and sucked it up the tube, the abortionist would chortle,

“Beam me up, Scotty!”

Abby Johnson’s change of heart came when she saw a 13-week unborn baby flail arms and legs in an attempt to move away from the tube. after the device touched the skin.

She told our audience that, at the moment she saw the baby struggling, she finally realized the humanity of unborn babies. She had always admitted that they were babies, but had never understood their humanity.

Over the years, she had aborted two of her own babies. She has since repented of their deaths and her work at Planned Parenthood, and has dedicated herself to exposing the horrors of that organization. God bless her. Go hear her, if you get the opportunity.

KyMouse on April 15, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Ben Carson or Kermit Gosnell: guess which doctor the media considers “controversial.”

pt on April 15, 2013 at 12:22 PM

I get the gist of this comment but I’ve got to object. Ben Carson is a Pediatric Neurologist at Johns Hopkins University Hospital while Kermit Gosnell is an inner-city abortionist.

To equate them just because they are both “doctors” is just wrong!

Happy Nomad on April 15, 2013 at 12:28 PM

There is one interesting train of thought that I’d like to share with you fellow HotAirians. If Obama believes that murdering a baby during the third trimester is fine and dandy, would it be legal in the fourth? Since crossing the vaginal lips cannot possibly be the “red line” that separates between an abortion and a murder, it has to be assumed that the SSN assignment makes all the difference.

Does it mean that we can butcher anyone without a valid SSN and not charged with murder?! Inquiring minds really want to know…

Archivarix on April 15, 2013 at 12:28 PM

How could Dr. Gosnell have subjected women of color to such deplorable conditions? That certainly doesn’t fit the meme? No wonder it wasn’t reported.

ted c on April 15, 2013 at 12:28 PM

There is one interesting train of thought that I’d like to share with you fellow HotAirians. If Obama believes that murdering a baby during the third trimester is fine and dandy, would it be legal in the fourth? Since crossing the lips cannot possibly be the “red line” that separates between an abortion and a murder, it has to be assumed that the SSN assignment makes all the difference.

Does it mean that we can butcher anyone without a valid SSN and not charged with murder?! Inquiring minds really want to know…

Archivarix on April 15, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Ben Carson operates on children’s heads and saves their lives and gets vilified by the press. Kermit Gosnell decapitates the child and gets ignored by the press.

Contrasts.

ted c on April 15, 2013 at 12:30 PM

White women “with money” were taken to an “immaculate” upstairs room where Gosnell treated them personally. Poor black, Latino and other women were kept in the clinic’s dingy, dirty downstairs rooms, and were usually treated by medically unqualified staff.

Welcome to the preview of ObamaCare. The world famous two teir system where if you have money you will get health care. If you don’t, you get a filthy downstairs room where you can be treated by an unqualified person.

Screw you libtards. You wanted it you got it…

Kuffar on April 15, 2013 at 12:30 PM

Welcome to the preview of ObamaCare. The world famous two teir system where if you have money you will get health care. If you don’t, you get a filthy downstairs room where you can be treated by an unqualified person.

Kuffar on April 15, 2013 at 12:30 PM

In a saner conservative world, that would actually be called “free market”.

Archivarix on April 15, 2013 at 12:32 PM

You know what disgusts me most about this story?

Is it the fact that this man was performing these absolutely hideous, gruesome procedures that were ripping babies apart limb by limb? Is it the fact that law enforcement ignored it for so long? Is it fact that the media is still ignoring it?

No.

As horrible as all those things are, that’s not what disgusts me most.

What disgusts me most is that, folks, this is what abortion is. Babies are being grusomely torn apart limb by limb in the womb every day. And we as a society are okay with it. There is no difference — none — between what Gosnell was doing and what abortionists all across the country are doing.

Yes, I hope Gosnell rots in prison for what he did. But it’s about damn time we woke up and realized that he’s no different, nor worse, than any abortionist in any Planned Parenthood clinic. It’s all evil. It’s all disgusting. It’s all murder. And our society will never heal until it is stopped.

Shump on April 15, 2013 at 12:33 PM

I mean this case just has EVERYTHING! Blatant racism, medical quackery, lawbreaking to shame a Democrat politician, ghoulish practices that an R-rated film might not dare to show…the list just goes on and on.

MelonCollie on April 15, 2013 at 12:24 PM

No kidding the the case has everything except the leftist media’s attention. If my only exposure to the story was via a pro-life outlet and not court reporting I would be skeptical that the story was really this gruesome.

But the part of the story I really want to see is how Gosnell was able to operate so long without state interference. What brought him down was not the abortions but the suspicion of illegal perscription drug activity.

Happy Nomad on April 15, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Happy Nomad on April 15, 2013 at 12:28 PM

The press is demonizing the good Dr Carson! Sheesh…

Will they effectively demonize this abortionist?

Nah, not so much…

Scrumpy on April 15, 2013 at 12:37 PM

KyMouse on April 15, 2013 at 12:25 PM

There are plenty of youtube vids of her stories.
I even downloaded a couple, worried they might be erased, ‘ by mistake’.

pambi on April 15, 2013 at 12:38 PM

But the part of the story I really want to see is how Gosnell was able to operate so long without state interference. What brought him down was not the abortions but the suspicion of illegal perscription drug activity.

Happy Nomad on April 15, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Tom Ridge. Republican. 1993. Ordered the Pennsylvania state Health Department to stop inspecting abortion clinics. In case it’s not crystal-clear, it was a federal investigation regarding improperly prescribed painkillers that brought Gosnell down. Pennsylvania would have continued looking the other way.

gryphon202 on April 15, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Happy Nomad on April 15, 2013 at 12:35 PM

From what I remember reading the elected officials were dems…

They turned the other way so many times, they also need to be prosecuted for being accomplices to these heinous acts.
Whether still in office or not.

Heartless souless bastards all of them…

Scrumpy on April 15, 2013 at 12:42 PM

From what I remember reading the elected officials were dems…

They turned the other way so many times, they also need to be prosecuted for being accomplices to these heinous acts.
Whether still in office or not.

Heartless souless bastards all of them…

Scrumpy on April 15, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Except for Republican Tom Ridge. He was a Republican, and I believe he signed the bill/order exempting abortion clinics from health department scrutiny.

gryphon202 on April 15, 2013 at 12:44 PM

gryphon202 on April 15, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Thank you gryphon, I did not know that! I just looked it up 0_O!

Scrumpy on April 15, 2013 at 12:45 PM

The media hasn’t reported on this story yet.They are still digging to see if Gosnell might have voted for a Republican at some time.

docflash on April 15, 2013 at 12:46 PM

If Obama believes that murdering a baby during the third trimester is fine and dandy, would it be legal in the fourth? Since crossing the lips cannot possibly be the “red line” that separates between an abortion and a murder, it has to be assumed that the SSN assignment makes all the difference.

Does it mean that we can butcher anyone without a valid SSN and not charged with murder?! Inquiring minds really want to know…

Archivarix on April 15, 2013 at 12:29 PM

So, the illegals don’t have valid SSNs. Are suggesting they are fair game? It’s a stupid argument to suggest that the SSN makes a difference.

The reality is that the left is perfectly okay with fourth trimester deaths. Rahm Emanuael’s brother has even advocated for a window of opportunity after birth where a mother can “opt out” of parenthood via the Gosnell method. Apparently since children are not fully aware of their surroundings it is still okay to kill them.

It is this cold unfeeling view of children which makes the Gosnell case so chilling and such a nighmare for the media which has been pushing the idea that any fetus is just a lump of cells.

Happy Nomad on April 15, 2013 at 12:46 PM

It also might be the start of a serious erosion for abortion rights, one that this trial will likely fuel as the details of Gosnell’s charnel house and the absolute determination of government regulators to avoid intervention become plain.

Please stop calling this place a charnel house, a house of horrors, whatever. It is an abortion clinic. Lay it bare for all to see.

cptacek on April 15, 2013 at 12:46 PM

gryphon202 on April 15, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Yes, thank you I appreciate that :-)

Scrumpy on April 15, 2013 at 12:46 PM

They are still digging to see if Gosnell might have voted for a Republican at some time.

docflash on April 15, 2013 at 12:46 PM

No but I did see where they were trying to blame Tom Ridge for setting up the conditions that allowed Gosnell to operate his abortion mill.

Happy Nomad on April 15, 2013 at 12:48 PM

gryphon202 on April 15, 2013 at 12:44 PM

I am fast aware that many repubs are no different to those on the left when it comes to so many things…

Scrumpy on April 15, 2013 at 12:49 PM

I am fast aware that many repubs are no different to those on the left when it comes to so many things…

Scrumpy on April 15, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Republicans have given up. It should be obvious to any right-thinking individual now.

gryphon202 on April 15, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Tom Ridge. Republican. 1993. Ordered the Pennsylvania state Health Department to stop inspecting abortion clinics. In case it’s not crystal-clear, it was a federal investigation regarding improperly prescribed painkillers that brought Gosnell down. Pennsylvania would have continued looking the other way.

gryphon202 on April 15, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Are we to believe a twenty-year old order shouldn’t have been countermanded by any of the Democrat governors that followed Tom Ridge? This really isn’t about partisan politics but about what is right to do. Not inspecting abortion mills is not good public policy no matter where you stand on the issue of abortion. Barber shops get more regulatory oversight.

Happy Nomad on April 15, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Too funny switched over to msdnc….Alex Wagner talking about abolishing the death penalty but apparently has no problem with Kermit and his penalty

cmsinaz on April 15, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Are we to believe a twenty-year old order shouldn’t have been countermanded by any of the Democrat governors that followed Tom Ridge?

I hope to God I don’t need to tell you where I come down on that. The fact remains though, that Tom Ridge was complicit in allowing it to happen, and he was a Republican at the time.

This really isn’t about partisan politics but about what is right to do. Not inspecting abortion mills is not good public policy no matter where you stand on the issue of abortion. Barber shops get more regulatory oversight.

Happy Nomad on April 15, 2013 at 12:53 PM

It’s NOT about partisan politics, which is precisely the point. Tom Ridge — and a lot of other people on both sides of the aisle — allowed this to happen. The facts speak for themselves.

gryphon202 on April 15, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Happy Nomad on April 15, 2013 at 12:48 PM

The LSM will do anything to lay blame to shuffle the story sideways, Ridge is a footnote in this on going story, the focus SHOULD remain on Gosnell…

gryphon202 on April 15, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Yes, there was a time when I thought repubs were as good as Conservatives on many levels, not so, if it wasn’t for HA I would still probably have ‘blinders’ on…

I am sure I am not the only one who had some faith in the R’s to do the right things…

Illusions are shattered…Daily!! Even with some so-called Conservatives…

Scrumpy on April 15, 2013 at 12:58 PM

gryphon202 on April 15, 2013 at 12:57 PM
It’s NOT about partisan politics, which is precisely the point. Tom Ridge — and a lot of other people on both sides of the aisle — allowed this to happen. The facts speak for themselves.

Well said!

Scrumpy on April 15, 2013 at 1:00 PM

It’s NOT about partisan politics, which is precisely the point. Tom Ridge — and a lot of other people on both sides of the aisle — allowed this to happen. The facts speak for themselves.

gryphon202 on April 15, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Yep. Bush signed the Federal Born-Alive Infants Protection Act into law in 2002. As far as I have been able to determine, NO ONE has been prosecuted since it was enacted.

Resist We Much on April 15, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Alex Wagner talking about abolishing the death penalty but apparently has no problem with Kermit and his penalty

cmsinaz on April 15, 2013 at 12:57 PM

As far as the left is concerned, a child has to crawl out of the womb to be considered a person.

Happy Nomad on April 15, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Call my cynical, but I think this falls into the same boat as the rare “Little Brown Girl goes missing” story or the “Brown Teen Kills Brown Teen” story.

Brown doctor? Brown victims? Nothing to see here…

segasagez on April 15, 2013 at 1:06 PM

As far as the left is concerned, a child has to crawl out of the womb to be considered a person.

Happy Nomad on April 15, 2013 at 1:03 PM

And even then, some leftwads don’t see the Gosnell story as newsworthy. “Local crime” and all, dontcha know?

gryphon202 on April 15, 2013 at 1:06 PM

It’s NOT about partisan politics, which is precisely the point. Tom Ridge — and a lot of other people on both sides of the aisle — allowed this to happen. The facts speak for themselves.

gryphon202 on April 15, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Agreed but I still find it hard to believe that in assigning blame a twenty-year old order has as much weight as other factors. While the issue itself is not about partisan politics, finding somebody to blame is. The left would rather offer up Tom Ridge than to look to the more obvious but uncomfortable culprits. Again, a barber shop has more regulatory oversight than Gosnell had.

Happy Nomad on April 15, 2013 at 1:09 PM

The left would rather offer up Tom Ridge than to look to the more obvious but uncomfortable culprits. Again, a barber shop has more regulatory oversight than Gosnell had.

Happy Nomad on April 15, 2013 at 1:09 PM

This is where you and I disagree. I don’t think there are “more obvious” and “less obvious” culprits. There are only individuals who aided Kermit Gosnell in keeping his abortion clinic/abattoir open while he was committing capital crimes there. That wouldn’t have been possible without the order that Tom Ridge signed. Again, the facts speak for themselves.

But Gryph! If it wasn’t Tom Ridge, it would have been someone else!

I don’t dispute that. But it wasn’t someone else. It was Tom Ridge who ended the practice of meager-but-regular abortion clinic inspections altogether in Pennsylvania. If we’re going to talk about charging people as accessories to capital murder, he should definitely be on that list IMO.

gryphon202 on April 15, 2013 at 1:15 PM

ed, how many posts are we gonna get of gosnell? you’re trying to squeeze every sensationalistic ounce of juice out of this story aren’tcha?

nonpartisan on April 15, 2013 at 8:40 AM

Del Dolemonte on April 15, 2013 at 1:16 PM

This is where you and I disagree. I don’t think there are “more obvious” and “less obvious” culprits. There are only individuals who aided Kermit Gosnell in keeping his abortion clinic/abattoir open while he was committing capital crimes there. That wouldn’t have been possible without the order that Tom Ridge signed. Again, the facts speak for themselves.

gryphon202 on April 15, 2013 at 1:15 PM

I see it more along the lines of levels of culpability. Tom Ridge may be on the list but in a supporting role.

Happy Nomad on April 15, 2013 at 1:20 PM

how many posts are we gonna get of gosnell? you’re trying to squeeze every sensationalistic ounce of juice out of this story aren’tcha?

nonpartisan on April 15, 2013 at 8:40 AM

Del Dolemonte on April 15, 2013 at 1:16 PM

Definitely one of the classics.

Happy Nomad on April 15, 2013 at 1:21 PM

I see it more along the lines of levels of culpability. Tom Ridge may be on the list but in a supporting role.

Happy Nomad on April 15, 2013 at 1:20 PM

That’s for a jury to decide should he ever be charged. I don’t think it will happen, but it’s an interesting thought exercise. In my not-so-humble opinion, the only individuals with more culpability than Tom Ridge are Gosnell’s employees who took the scissors and made the snips. I guess YMMV.

gryphon202 on April 15, 2013 at 1:26 PM

The LSM can try pointing the finger at Ridge, but how many governors since him ignored inspecting the murder factories like Gosnell’s? Not all of the govs were Republicans, so I challenge the media to show us one Dem gov who reinstated the practice.

Liam on April 15, 2013 at 1:26 PM

The LSM can try pointing the finger at Ridge, but how many governors since him ignored inspecting the murder factories like Gosnell’s? Not all of the govs were Republicans, so I challenge the media to show us one Dem gov who reinstated the practice.

Liam on April 15, 2013 at 1:26 PM

I’ll say it again:

Tom Ridge was at least equally as culpable as any of those Democratic governors. They didn’t sign the order. Ridge did.

gryphon202 on April 15, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Who cares what Tom Ridge did or didn’t do??
Even if the clinic had regular inspections, they could have hidden what was going on..
This isn’t about Tom freakin’ Ridge.
This is about one man’s actions.
Sure, the story leads to all kinds of moral issues, which makes it fascinating to people. The MSM is idiotic on so many levels, but hiding(attempting to hide) a story like this??
just. wow.
Thank goodness for the internet!

bridgetown on April 15, 2013 at 1:50 PM

Although the abortion clinics in PA were functioning by the honor system, there were complaints and deaths that should have caused anyone to consider investigating this clinic.

One former employee explained to PA’s dept of state the entire workings going on inside gosnell’s clinic. No one investigated.

The attitude of PA’s dept of state and dept of health was because pro-lifers scream blooding murder regulations and inspections are expected and will cause one abortion clinic to close and that is one too many.

meMC on April 15, 2013 at 1:50 PM

Who cares what Tom Ridge did or didn’t do??

bridgetown on April 15, 2013 at 1:50 PM

I do. Tom Ridge is emblematic of the utter moral bankruptcy of the Republican Party.

gryphon202 on April 15, 2013 at 1:53 PM

The U.S. media is without a doubt the most dishonest group of individuals in the world.

bw222 on April 15, 2013 at 1:53 PM

“A case involving a medical doctor charged with eight counts of murder. It would seem to me that just that fact pattern would make national news.”

Not in the lib media that supports abortion and will have nothing bad to say about it.

Besides, isn’t Gosnell Black, ergo, to cover this would be RACIST!

GarandFan on April 15, 2013 at 1:57 PM

The National media took a huge gamble by trying to under-report or not report at all on this bombshell story.

Unfortunately for them, the story is now coming to light and along with it comes the additional news bit that the story was purposely buried to protect pro-abortion groups. The story is now going to get a lot more national exposure than it ever would have had it been reported on when it should have.

It might seem gruesome and disgusting but this story needs to be told…in details and with photos as that is the only thing that low-information voters and younger, impressionalble minds can relate to. A quality, 15-20 second video that goes viral could set the pro-abortion movement back decades.

JetBlast on April 15, 2013 at 1:58 PM

A quality, 15-20 second video that goes viral could set the pro-abortion movement back decades.

JetBlast on April 15, 2013 at 1:58 PM

I’d be all for it if I could even hope that any video hosting service wouldn’t immediately yank it.

gryphon202 on April 15, 2013 at 2:01 PM

I do. Tom Ridge is emblematic of the utter moral bankruptcy of the Republican Party.

gryphon202 on April 15, 2013 at 1:53 PM

But but but, it is the NE! He is the best we can do!

/spit

cptacek on April 15, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Yepper HN

cmsinaz on April 15, 2013 at 2:44 PM

I’d be all for it if I could even hope that any video hosting service wouldn’t immediately yank it.

gryphon202 on April 15, 2013 at 2:01 PM

Just needs some…creativity…in uploading. Leave that to me and don’t ask. Just get me something worth the effort.

MelonCollie on April 15, 2013 at 3:16 PM

So where are the Pink Vagina people?

disa on April 15, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Welcome to the preview of ObamaCare. The world famous two teir system where if you have money you will get health care. If you don’t, you get a filthy downstairs room where you can be treated by an unqualified person.

Kuffar on April 15, 2013 at 12:30 PM

In a saner conservative world, that would actually be called “free market”.

Archivarix on April 15, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Maybe in a saner libertarian world. In a saner conservative world, killing babies would be prosecuted no matter how much money you had.

There Goes the Neighborhood on April 15, 2013 at 7:08 PM

Since blacks have suffered more under Obama than any other group, can we safely assume Obama is a racist and black hater?

mitchellvii on April 16, 2013 at 8:17 AM

So where are the Pink Vagina people?

disa on April 15, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Filing r@pe reports after they went out post-protest carousing on the town dressed like low-cost lot lizards, unarmed, possibly in the dark, in bad areas of town, while deliberately hitting up anything walking upright for attention.

And screeching like a baboon being electrocuted at anyone who dares to point out that they just might have been inviting trouble.

MelonCollie on April 16, 2013 at 9:00 AM

between general legality and general illegality. At 52/45,

Just a little quibble, maybe, but could you guys please make the parallelisms actually parallel? It’s disconcerting and distracting to have to add up the numbers and see that this is backward.

Unless you are deliberately going for chiasmus, of course.

AesopFan on April 16, 2013 at 5:16 PM