Powers: Yes, there is a Gosnell cover-up in the media

posted at 12:41 pm on April 16, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Or perhaps more to the point, there has been a media blackout on the atrocities placed in evidence at the trial of accused serial killer Kermit Gosnell.  Is that term too strong?  Before we get to Kirsten Powers, let’s check in with the latest from the trial testimony, brought to us by LifeNews.  Yesterday, the jury heard that Gosnell kept trophies from 47 aborted babies in containers in his office, including cat food jars:

The jury in the murder trial of Kermit Gosnell was told this morning that the embattled abortion practitioner kept at least 47 babies in odd places at his clinic such as cat food jars and other containers. …

But the most shocking portion of today’s hearing revolved around Gosnell’s habit of storing the bodies of babies he butchered in abortions.

“This morning’s testimony from the medical examiner discussed remains of 47 babies found in cat food and cherry lime ade containers,” says Cheryl Sullenger of Operation Rescue, who is in the courtroom listening to the trial. “All containers contained bloody fluid and human remains.”

She said it took the medical examiner, Dr. Gulino, five days just to catalog the containers of fetal parts and the examiner also examined feet and lower extremity found in jars of formaldehyde belonging to five babies Gosnell killed. The ages of the unborn children ranged from first trimester to 22 weeks and the latter baby was possibly viable.

Those are the kind of details that usually drive national-media coverage, not to mention at least a tangential connection to the abortion debate. So far, though, national media outlets insist (with a few exceptions, such as the mea culpa from the Washington Post last week) that they have covered the case.  As Powers writes today for the Daily Beast, that’s a claim that’s both absurd and easily disproven:

The problem is that the media apologists are battling a straw man. The column that started the firestorm over the media blackout didn’t claim that the mainstream press had “never” covered Kermitt Gosnell. I know, because I wrote it.

The column, and the ensuing outrage—and much of the outrage came from people with vaginas despite Carmon’s egregious and divisive claim that it was just the patriarchy rearing its ugly head—was specific to the fact that the mainstream media had not covered the trial of Kermit Gosnell, which started March 18, 2013. I am going to repeat this, because a starling number of people on the left, including New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan, either cannot grasp this or are intentionally ignoring it. Repeat after me: “The problem is that the trial has not been covered.” That the Times ran one story about Gosnell in January is hardly relevant to the trial that started in March.

It is the trial that has included spectacular and headline-grabbing testimony from Gosnell’s former assistants and workers. It is the trial that has been largely ignored outside of local media and activists on the right and left. This, despite the normal obsession with murder trials (Good Morning America has done a 10-part series on the Jody Arias trial). It is the trial—rife with grisly details about an abortion doctor who maimed and killed women and babies—that was ignored, despite The Washington Post’s, The New York Times’s, and network evening news’s usual obsession with all things abortion related.

And where are the so-called feminists, who claim the moral high ground on abortions for womens’ health?  AWOL:

I can only think of a handful of times in my eight years as a Fox News contributor that I’ve discussed abortion. The people who obsessively cover it and anything vaguely related to it are those in the mainstream media and in the left-wing media, which is why their silence on this is so remarkable. Mollie Hemingway did yeoman’s work chronicling how faithfully The Washington Post’s health reporter, who covered Todd Aiken, the Susan G. Komen controversy, and the murder of abortion doctor George Tiller, didn’t write a single story on the Gosnell trial. No abortion regulation is too small for the mainstream media to cover; no stupid comment about abortion by any Republican goes unnoticed. So her disinterest in this trial is inexplicable.

But while the left has alternately attacked the right for its alleged lack of interest and for paying too much of the “wrong sort” of attention, I haven’t heard a lot about the near silence from the feminist organizations that lecture us endlessly about how they stand for women’s health. I find the claims now that feminists were deeply upset about poor minority women being abused and killed along with their babies a little tough to believe. A search for “Gosnell” on NOW’s website yielded only two hits, both from 2011. Search for “Gosnell” on the League of Women Voters website and you will find nothing. The same search on the NARAL and Planned Parenthood sites returned the same number of hits: zero.

Glenn Reynolds hails Powers as the reason national-media outlets now find themselves shamed into covering the trophy-keeping abortionist/alleged serial killer now:

Before Powers’ column, the case wasn’t on the national radar. Oh, it was getting attention from pro-life writers, conservative media critics, and law bloggers, but in terms of national media, the story didn’t exist. It wasn’t on the national radar until Powers’ column opened with this: “Infant beheadings. Severed baby feet in jars. A child screaming after it was delivered alive during an abortion procedure. Haven’t heard about these sickening accusations? It’s not your fault. Since Gosnell’s trial began March 18, there has been precious little coverage of the case that should be on every news show and front page.”

Once that column ran, more people started talking. Writing in the Atlantic a couple of days later, Conor Friedersdorf wrote “Why Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s Trial Should Be a Front-Page Story.” He commented: “The dead babies. The exploited women. The racism. The numerous governmental failures. It is thoroughly newsworthy. ”

Yes. So why wasn’t it news? Pro-choice writer Megan McArdle of The Daily Beastnotes that it’s about fear of where the story would go, and what it would require writers to confront: “Gosnell is accused of grisly crimes that I didn’t want to think about. … I understand why my readers suspect me, and other pro-choice mainstream journalists, of being selective — of not wanting to cover the story because it showcased the ugliest possibilities of abortion rights. The truth is that most of us tend to be less interested in sick-making stories — if the sick-making was done by ‘our side.’ ”

It was fine to dwell at length on the Newtown, Conn., shootings, because those could be blamed on the evil NRA. But writing about these dead innocents might be a political liability instead of a political asset. It might have been awkward for President Obama.

Perhaps more dangerously, it challenged the absolutism of the pro-abortion crowd, as LauraW at Ace‘s place explains:

The problem with absolutism is that it shoots itself in the foot. Truly radical pro-choicers do not understand that the assumption that abortion primarily kills very tiny, unviable blobs, is the very thing that keeps abortion legal. It is in fact the only thing keeping a majority of people ignoring the subject.

In the case of abortion, this is the social/ political compromise that exists within the non-ideological crowd (most people): Many are willing to say that abortion is wrong (or at least not good), but the majority of these are also willing to allow it, as long as the understanding is that ‘a clump of cells’ is being eliminated.

As long as the belief persists among most reasonable people that the child has not been formed yet, and will not suffer, they will tolerate this practice even if they think it is wrong.

However, as soon as they understand that big, live, squealing babies are being murdered in abortion facilities, the spell is broken. There will be a closer look. And we know in our bones there are more Kermit Gosnells out there, don’t we? It behooves all absolutists to observe the kneecapping that pro-choicers will give themselves if they continue to very stupidly get on the wrong side of this issue and actually argue for a more obvious and expansive infanticide.

Let’s hope the spell is broken now.


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Again, if a woman wants to remove part of “her body”, for example the voluntary removal of one of her kidneys, she has every right to do so.

But she does not have the right to take life away from anyone else, including the child in her womb. She does not have to raise that child, but at least let it live long enough to be born and put up for adoption.

ITguy on April 16, 2013 at 3:33 PM

What possible sense is there in “aborting” a baby once it is viable? All of the work of pregnancy is over; people already know you were pregnant; so far as I know, no law forces you to keep the baby instead of sending it to social services for adoption. There is no coherent rationale for late-term infanticide except “I just don’t want to deal with it”.

The “scientific” definition of a “baby” from the left requires you to know the thoughts of the mother to determine the biological reality of the “fetus”.

It doesn’t become a baby regardless of biology until the mother decides it gets to be a baby… whenever that occurs.

gekkobear on April 16, 2013 at 3:38 PM

It sounds like there were many cases where the mother was not, in fact, the one making the decision. So, what does the “pro-choice” label really mean?

What in the world comes into existence at its full potential? Life should be seen as what it can become, not what it isn’t at any given moment.

Cindy Munford on April 16, 2013 at 3:43 PM

Bravo.

AesopFan on April 16, 2013 at 3:57 PM

I never thought I’d see the day Kirsten Powers was more conservative than Megan Kelly.
Fox has become a disgrace. At least Martha is still good.

AmeriCuda on April 16, 2013 at 4:04 PM

I am not against abortion. Can someone not anti abortion please tell me why a woman who seeks an illegal (past the legal time) abortion is not charged with a crime?

Observation on April 16, 2013 at 3:53 PM

Well for one thing, it’s a moneymaker.

2L8 on April 16, 2013 at 4:17 PM

Local stories abound with doctors like Gosnell. One fled our state to continue practicing medicine (they will catch up with him)–his body count is smaller than Gosnell’s. He ran a meat shop like Gosnell and you would not take your pets to this place. The “doc” had a friend on the state medical board. Complaints were not acted upon by the board. Lol indeed. It’s really funny, ghoul.

mwbri on April 16, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Can you link to this? I’m gathering and highlighting on my Facebook page. Generating quite a discussion.

cptacek on April 16, 2013 at 4:17 PM

I would oppose killing fetuses, if they were capable of such thoughts, or if they are doing calculus homework in the womb.

thuja on April 16, 2013 at 3:27 PM

If doing calculus was the litmus test of if someone should live or not, wowee, imagine the carnage that would generate.

However, when babies are born, they recognize their mothers. If the doctor whispers in one ear and the mother whispers in the other, they will turn to try to look at the mother. Even if the doctor is a woman, so that the modulation of the voice is not a factor. Same too with the father, if the father was around during the pregnancy. They can hear and recognize familiar sounds when they haven’t been born yet.

If your baby is breach, one technique to try to turn the baby is to shine a flashlight through the skin at the bottom of your tummy. It doesn’t always work, but the reasoning is that their eyes see the light and try to investigate it.

Their brains are working in utero. Even if they aren’t doing calculus.

cptacek on April 16, 2013 at 4:23 PM

I’ll wager that the relationship between this fellow Gosnell and madam Holder will soon be covered under Executive Privledge.
Any takers?

Missilengr on April 16, 2013 at 4:25 PM

Missilengr on April 16, 2013 at 4:25 PM

Her abortion clinic appears to be in Georgia instead of PA.

Cindy Munford on April 16, 2013 at 4:32 PM

cptacek on April 16, 2013 at 4:23 PM

I’ve lived a good life, I’m going to volunteer to check out before I have to do anything beyond simple math.

Cindy Munford on April 16, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Again, if a woman wants to remove part of “her body”, for example the voluntary removal of one of her kidneys, she has every right to do so.

But she does not have the right to take life away from anyone else, including the child in her womb. She does not have to raise that child, but at least let it live long enough to be born and put up for adoption.

ITguy on April 16, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Yes! The right wing should propose laws to lock up every woman and doctor involved in any abortion. Best solution.

HotAirLib on April 16, 2013 at 4:58 PM

I would oppose killing fetuses, if they were capable of such thoughts, or if they are doing calculus homework in the womb.

thuja on April 16, 2013 at 3:27 PM

The vast majority of adults I’ve ever met in my whole life couldn’t do calculus to save their lives. Are you suggesting they should be required to?

There is no limit that you will ever accept as a pro-abortionist. You call yourself pro-choice, but care nothing for the choices of 2 of the 3 people involved in the practice, the father and the child. The father can’t decide to keep the baby if the mother doesn’t want it and he can’t choose to ignore it if she does. He still has to pay child support.

The child, on the other hand, would only make one choice while still in the womb. To live. Could you possibly disagree with this? If so, the only way you will ever convince me is to off yourself. Go ahead, show us the depth of your own convictions.

runawayyyy on April 16, 2013 at 5:02 PM

HotAirLib on April 16, 2013 at 4:58 PM

Aren’t you the least bit concerned of the sheer numbers of women who can’t make a pro choice before conception? Hmmmm, maybe that explains liberals after all.

Cindy Munford on April 16, 2013 at 5:08 PM

The child, on the other hand, would only make one choice while still in the womb. To live. Could you possibly disagree with this? If so, the only way you will ever convince me is to off yourself. Go ahead, show us the depth of your own convictions.

runawayyyy on April 16, 2013 at 5:02 PM

“I’ve noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born.” –Ronald Reagan

“You first” is also an effective response to the envirofreaks who believe that humanity is a cancer on the planet and that we should voluntarily reduce our own ranks.

Of course, it is all part of the same thinking. The ruling class deciding who gets to live and who doesn’t.

Missy on April 16, 2013 at 5:31 PM

I would oppose killing fetuses, if they were capable of such thoughts, or if they are doing calculus homework in the womb.

thuja on April 16, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Well, I guess you can kill most children up until the age of rational thought of around age 12.
http://www.learningrx.com/4-cognitive-stages-for-child-development-faq.htm

If you believe that, you need to be arrested for being a danger to society……IOW, “commitable”.

avagreen on April 16, 2013 at 5:48 PM

I would oppose killing fetuses, if they were capable of such thoughts, or if they are doing calculus homework in the womb.

thuja on April 16, 2013 at 3:27 PM

You apparently didn’t learn anything from the turtle lesson.

Lets start over:

Why is it a felony to smash turtle eggs?

BobMbx on April 16, 2013 at 5:52 PM

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MichaelGabriel on April 16, 2013 at 5:55 PM

MichaelGabriel on April 16, 2013 at 5:55 PM

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avagreen on April 16, 2013 at 6:11 PM

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avagreen on April 16, 2013 at 6:11 PM

I think . . . those are tombstones.

Axe on April 16, 2013 at 6:19 PM

Axe on April 16, 2013 at 6:19 PM

Got it.

What a great graphic once the message is clear. What a contrast……

avagreen on April 16, 2013 at 7:15 PM

HotAirLib on April 16, 2013 at 4:58 PM

Aren’t you the least bit concerned of the sheer numbers of women who can’t make a pro choice before conception? Hmmmm, maybe that explains liberals after all.

Cindy Munford on April 16, 2013 at 5:08 PM

Won’t work Cindy. The vampires must defend their “right” to thirst. They thrive on the death of innocence, whether killing babies to sexualizing our youth…

dominigan on April 16, 2013 at 7:18 PM

Yes! The right wing should propose laws to lock up every woman and doctor involved in any abortion. Best solution.

HotAirLib on April 16, 2013 at 4:58 PM

How about something REALLY simple — like a fetal viability law with teeth. Every abortion must be attended by two doctors — the doctor for the mother (the abortionist), and the doctor for the children (a obstetrician). The abortionist is restricted to using methods which will not reduce the viability of the fetus, and the obstetrician is there to assure that he doesn’t.

Of course, this would mean that someone other than the parents or the abortion mill must provide the obstetrician, because those don’t give a rat’s patootie about the rights of the children.

The fees perhaps should come as a tax on abortions.

unclesmrgol on April 16, 2013 at 7:23 PM

dominigan on April 16, 2013 at 7:18 PM

So very sad.

Cindy Munford on April 16, 2013 at 9:08 PM

Again, if a woman wants to remove part of “her body”, for example the voluntary removal of one of her kidneys, she has every right to do so.

But she does not have the right to take life away from anyone else, including the child in her womb. She does not have to raise that child, but at least let it live long enough to be born and put up for adoption.

ITguy on April 16, 2013 at 3:33 PM

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Yes! The right wing should propose laws to lock up every woman and doctor involved in any abortion. Best solution.

HotAirLib on April 16, 2013 at 4:58 PM

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Conservatives don’t have to propose/make laws specifying penalties.

They just need to lawfully define a “fetus” as a REAL, LIVE PERSON.
The rest is up to judges and juries.
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People cannot escape the consequences of sexual intercourse.

Women cannot escape the scientific, medical fact that they are designed (by a higher intelligence) to develop newly conceived little REAL, LIVE PERSONS within the reproductive organ in their bodies.

listens2glenn on April 16, 2013 at 10:50 PM

Again, if a woman wants to remove part of “her body”, for example the voluntary removal of one of her kidneys, she has every right to do so.

ITguy on April 16, 2013 at 3:33 PM

The problem with your argument is that a fetus is not a part of a woman’s body. A fetus is a unique, separate entity that attaches itself, and grows inside the mother.

HarryBackside on April 17, 2013 at 10:56 AM

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