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.


Related Posts:

Breaking on Hot Air

Blowback

Note from Hot Air management: This section is for comments from Hot Air's community of registered readers. Please don't assume that Hot Air management agrees with or otherwise endorses any particular comment just because we let it stand. A reminder: Anyone who fails to comply with our terms of use may lose their posting privilege.

Trackbacks/Pings

Trackback URL

Comments

Comment pages: 1 2

I thought she said there was no cover up…just negligence..?

d1carter on April 16, 2013 at 12:45 PM

Why they want to cover it up is simple: Gosnell probably is fairly representative (though extreme) of your typical abortionist (I won’t call them doctors).

If you are depraved enough to make your living snuffing out innocent life, you are probably depraved in other areas. And, yes, abortion is a depraved activity, there is nothing NORMAL about wanting to engage in it. If I ever had to have surgery, you can bet I won’t allow any one who has done abortions to operate on me.

They don’t want this to lead to light being shed on other abortionists. Chances are your typical planned parenthood “clinic” more closely resembles Gosnell’s house of horrors than a hospital…

wildcat72 on April 16, 2013 at 12:46 PM

The Nazis tried to cover up their handiwork too.

Bishop on April 16, 2013 at 12:49 PM

She is 99% a leftist sheep.

However, on the 1% exceptions she nails ‘em good.

She likely shamed the media into covering Gosnell.

Then Boston happened and the media got religion.

Schadenfreude on April 16, 2013 at 12:50 PM

However, as soon as they understand that big, live, squealing babies are being murdered in abortion facilities, the spell is broken.

We live in a truly bizarre world.

If a doctor badly botches surgery on say a 22 week child, he could go to jail. If said doctor intentionally kills said child, it is a “constitutional right”.

18-1 on April 16, 2013 at 12:51 PM

The Nazis tried to cover up their handiwork too.

Bishop on April 16, 2013 at 12:49 PM

More children have been murdered by abortionists like Gosnell in this country than Hitler murdered Jews.

wildcat72 on April 16, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Eric Holder’s wife owns an abortion mill in Georgia.

Eric Holder makes $$$ off of this. Just like he probably made money off running gun in Fast & Furious.

tetriskid on April 16, 2013 at 12:51 PM

However, as soon as they understand that big, live, squealing babies are being murdered in abortion facilities, the spell is broken.

You go, girl.

BobMbx on April 16, 2013 at 12:51 PM

one gosnell story a day
will keep the hotair grumps gay!

lol

nonpartisan on April 16, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Example on the “sheeple” stage – a day after she wrote the great article about how derelict the media are she said on Fox “the media are not with Obama on anti-gun; they are just anti-gun because they are most all urbanites”.

It was her way to get her graces back to them. She’s done this often, especially when she nails the wild muzzies.

Schadenfreude on April 16, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Q: Who becomes an abortionist?

A: A sociopath.

Who else would dedicate their life to the taking of other lives? There is good reason why abortionists do not get respect in the general medical profession even by those physicians who are pro-abortion. A sane and rational man would not take up the profession of killing of the innocent. Make no mistake about it. Every abortionist has a little bit of the Gosnell in him/her and he is not only monster out there. He is the one who was so blatant that he got caught. In a perverse sense I have more respect for him than I do for those who wish to sanitize the abortion industry.

jerryofva on April 16, 2013 at 12:52 PM

They don’t want this to lead to light being shed on other abortionists. Chances are your typical planned parenthood “clinic” more closely resembles Gosnell’s house of horrors than a hospital…

VA just passed a law forcing abortion clinics to meet the same hygiene standards as other medical facilitates.

The left is arguing it will put them out of business.

If that is true, what does that say about your average abortion clinic?

18-1 on April 16, 2013 at 12:52 PM

nonpartisan = nobrain = pro infanticide

liberal4life, go to Hades.

Schadenfreude on April 16, 2013 at 12:53 PM

This will be a game-changer.
Better late than never.

22044 on April 16, 2013 at 12:53 PM

It the “spell is broken” it will be limited to the Gosnell trial. The next tragedy will still be reported on how it helps their ideology and casts their protagonists as villains.

Cindy Munford on April 16, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Why they want to cover it up is simple: Gosnell probably is fairly representative (though extreme) of your typical abortionist (I won’t call them doctors).

If you are depraved enough to make your living snuffing out innocent life, you are probably depraved in other areas. And, yes, abortion is a depraved activity, there is nothing NORMAL about wanting to engage in it. If I ever had to have surgery, you can bet I won’t allow any one who has done abortions to operate on me.

They don’t want this to lead to light being shed on other abortionists. Chances are your typical planned parenthood “clinic” more closely resembles Gosnell’s house of horrors than a hospital…

wildcat72 on April 16, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Abortionists are the absolute bottom feeders of the medical community, and most of them are weirdos, so the trophy keeping doesn’t surprise me.

Ward Cleaver on April 16, 2013 at 12:54 PM

wildcat72 on April 16, 2013 at 12:46 PM

,

Absolutely. I am not even ready to consider Gosnell an outlier in ghoulishness. What other Gosnell is out there practicing because of passive aggressive pro-choice politicians, bureaucrats, and health officials?

I have said it again and again in attempting to break the dam on Gosnell: No says in their med school interview, “One day I hope to practice doing abortions.” Bad or ethically ghoulish docs or both are the abortion industry.

mwbri on April 16, 2013 at 12:54 PM

VA just passed a law forcing abortion clinics to meet the same hygiene standards as other medical facilitates.

The left is arguing it will put them out of business.

If that is true, what does that say about your average abortion clinic?

18-1 on April 16, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Exactly.

And such rhetoric from the left is easy to counter… “What, you don’t want abortions to be safe?!” “You want women to DIE during them?”

wildcat72 on April 16, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Oh, and where are the national Republicans on this?

Why aren’t we seeing legislation to strengthen bans on infanticide?

Why aren’t we seeing the creation of a special task force in the FBI to review what is going on in abortion clinics across America? THis butcher operated for decades because the local abortion lobby protected him. We’ve seen other abortion clinics helping to cover up statutory rape cases. It is obvious that state/local governments cannot or will not perform their duties in this regard.

18-1 on April 16, 2013 at 12:55 PM

one gosnell story a day
will keep the hotair grumps gay!

lol

nonpartisan on April 16, 2013 at 12:51 PM

I can see that you’re morally bankrupt and loving it.

Ward Cleaver on April 16, 2013 at 12:55 PM

I have said it again and again in attempting to break the dam on Gosnell: No says in their med school interview, “One day I hope to practice doing abortions.” Bad or ethically ghoulish docs or both are the abortion industry.

mwbri on April 16, 2013 at 12:54 PM

You would have to be psychologically unstable at best to WANT to do that for a career!

wildcat72 on April 16, 2013 at 12:56 PM

And we know in our bones there are more Kermit Gosnells out there, don’t we?

Yes. Every other abortionist. Without exception. If you are performing abortions, regardless of when or using what procedure, you are doing something as evil as Gosnell did. Period.

Shump on April 16, 2013 at 12:56 PM

nonpartisan on April 16, 2013 at 12:51 PM

You are as good of poet as Gosnell is a doctor.

mwbri on April 16, 2013 at 12:56 PM

I’m glad Kirsten has spoken up and forced her side to examine this in the open. If it wasn’t for her they would still be suppressing this story. On the other hand, she continues to ally herself with these people and count herself among them. Why? Surely she can see the sickness of the Left and the danger that they represent for the most vulnerable among us.

HotAirian on April 16, 2013 at 12:56 PM

Why aren’t we seeing the creation of a special task force in the FBI to review what is going on in abortion clinics across America? THis butcher operated for decades because the local abortion lobby protected him. We’ve seen other abortion clinics helping to cover up statutory rape cases. It is obvious that state/local governments cannot or will not perform their duties in this regard.

18-1 on April 16, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Gosnell is one of Holder’s people.

He also looks what Obama’s father would have looked like, had he been an abortionist…

Reasons like that…

wildcat72 on April 16, 2013 at 12:57 PM

nonpartisan ghoul on April 16, 2013 at 12:51 PM

FIFY.

22044 on April 16, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Simple question for liberals: Are you a trophy keeper?

BuckeyeSam on April 16, 2013 at 1:00 PM

one gosnell story a day
will keep the hotair grumps gay!

lol

nonpartisan on April 16, 2013 at 12:51 PM

I can see that you’re morally bankrupt and loving it.

Ward Cleaver on April 16, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Intellectually bankrupt as well.

PartisanHack may enjoy living its life with its head in the sand pretending these things aren’t happening, but the fact of the matter is that Gosnell is on trial for multiple murders.

Maybe if the murders were performed with an AR-15, it might have actually grabbed the attention of this mindless partisan twit.

UltimateBob on April 16, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Lol, nonpartisan,

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

The republicans really need to run with Gosnell, and do it the same way that the gun grabbers do after any shooting. They need to hold big hearings. They need to hang this on Holder and Obama, as Holder’s wife owned the building Gosnell used for his clinic. They need to use the pictures of his victims to indict every pro-abortion democrat as a co-conspirator.
Its time to put the left on the defensive. Its time to make them defend the indefensible.

Iblis on April 16, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Kirsten Powers ‏@kirstenpowers10 2h

FYI — I don’t write the Daily Beast headlines…I don’t think there is a #Gosnell media “cover up”….I think it was negligence

Saw this on Twitter…

d1carter on April 16, 2013 at 1:02 PM

It’s because Gosnell points directly to Obama’s vote in Illinois. Kill the baby, no matter when.

John the Libertarian on April 16, 2013 at 1:02 PM

one gosnell story a day
will keep the hotair grumps gay!

lol

nonpartisan on April 16, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Agreed, sensationalizing what is really just a local crime story is getting out of hand.

I hope that the Boston bombings are treated similarly, confine them to the local area papers.

Bishop on April 16, 2013 at 1:02 PM

one gosnell story a day
will keep the hotair grumps gay!

lol

nonpartisan on April 16, 2013 at 12:51 PM

“Look at me. I’m too cool for capitalization and punctuation. But I love childish exclamation marks and inane rhyming.”

BuckeyeSam on April 16, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Simple question for liberals: Are you a trophy keeper?

BuckeyeSam on April 16, 2013 at 1:00 PM

What? Don’t all surgeons keep jars filled with the cysts, appendixes, and moles they have removed from people?

You bigots are sad.

Bishop on April 16, 2013 at 1:05 PM

one gosnell story a day
will keep the hotair grumps gay!

lol

nonpartisan on April 16, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Defend Gosnell if you dare, Mengelepartisan.

Powers seems to be the last honest liberal.

rbj on April 16, 2013 at 1:06 PM

However, as soon as they understand that big, live, squealing babies are being murdered in abortion facilities, the spell is broken.

Bingo.

The Rogue Tomato on April 16, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Saw this on Twitter…

d1carter on April 16, 2013 at 1:02 PM

My understanding is that copy editors compose the headlines for articles. Often, syndicated columns run in different publications go by different titles.

All the same, The Daily Beast is a lefty rag, so she has only her side to blame. It’s not as if this ran in National Review Online.

BuckeyeSam on April 16, 2013 at 1:07 PM

VA just passed a law forcing abortion clinics to meet the same hygiene standards as other medical facilitates.

Just the fact that there wasn’t already such a law on the books in all 50 states and a federal law to boot kinda tells you something, doesn’t it?

Missy on April 16, 2013 at 1:09 PM

More children have been murdered by abortionists like Gosnell in this country than Hitler murdered Jews.

by an order of magnitude

DanMan on April 16, 2013 at 1:10 PM

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.

The WaPo editor said he didn’t hear about the story until very recently. That’s a mea culpa? They’ve covered the Arias trial for weeks in AZ. They covered Conrad Murray’s homocide trial in Los Angeles. But they can’t find their way two hours north to cover the purported murder of seven- most by late term abortion?

That’s a “sorry if I offended anybody” kind of mea culpa at best.

Happy Nomad on April 16, 2013 at 1:11 PM

I’m glad Kirsten has spoken up and forced her side to examine this in the open. If it wasn’t for her they would still be suppressing this story. On the other hand, she continues to ally herself with these people and count herself among them. Why? Surely she can see the sickness of the Left and the danger that they represent for the most vulnerable among us.

HotAirian on April 16, 2013 at 12:56 PM

It takes time. She is getting there. A conversion to pro-life views is often the first step for liberals. It was for me.

Missy on April 16, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Why they want to cover it up is simple: Gosnell probably is fairly representative (though extreme) of your typical abortionist (I won’t call them doctors).

If you are depraved enough to make your living snuffing out innocent life, you are probably depraved in other areas. And, yes, abortion is a depraved activity, there is nothing NORMAL about wanting to engage in it. If I ever had to have surgery, you can bet I won’t allow any one who has done abortions to operate on me.

They don’t want this to lead to light being shed on other abortionists. Chances are your typical planned parenthood “clinic” more closely resembles Gosnell’s house of horrors than a hospital…

wildcat72 on April 16, 2013 at 12:46 PM

-
I was good friends with a young woman who I eventually found out was escorting other young women to abortion clinics. She use to spend time talking with my daughter (~10 – 12 at the time), mostly at pool parties, picnics, and other multi-family events.

When I found out her involvement in aiding and abetting abortions I talked to her about it. The parting shot I made in exiting the friendship was along the lines of ‘how could I ever trust you near my daughter again?’

RalphyBoy on April 16, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Just the fact that there wasn’t already such a law on the books in all 50 states and a federal law to boot kinda tells you something, doesn’t it?

Missy on April 16, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Yeah, the pro-murder crowd has been winning.

The VA law is being widely denounced as a return to back alley abortions (not that those ever existed in the first place). Apparently it is a right or something for women to go to places like Gosnell’s for abortion services.

Happy Nomad on April 16, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Headline: Lawyer, judge erupt in anger in Gosnell trial…

“Again, Gulino agreed. McMahon tried to salvage his first answer, only to be interrupted by Cameron.

McMahon exploded in anger, but was topped by Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffrey P. Minehart.

“Mr. McMahon, behave yourself!” yelled Minehart. “Act like a lawyer.”

McMahon, who once worked with Minehart and Cameron in the District Attorney’s Office, sat down, seething, and said nothing more…”

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20130416_Doctor_says_47_frozen_fetuses_unprecedented.html

workingclass artist on April 16, 2013 at 1:14 PM

The VA law is being widely denounced as a return to back alley abortions (not that those ever existed in the first place). Apparently it is a right or something for women to go to places like Gosnell’s for abortion services.

Happy Nomad on April 16, 2013 at 1:13 PM

That doesn’t even make sense. They are always arguing “safe legal and rare.” This would be a regulation (which they love) of the ‘safe’ part, would it not?

Not that I expect them to make any sense since they are shilling for the abortion industry always and forevermore.

Missy on April 16, 2013 at 1:15 PM

There needs to be at least one honest news purveyor broadcasting and every large city ought to have a reliable newsaper.

I have no faith that any news on the current over the air networks is true. I don’t have a newspaper that is credible.

There has to be a huge market for the truth that is going untapped.

DanMan on April 16, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Ask your fellow bloggers if they feel the same way Cap’n.

njrob on April 16, 2013 at 1:18 PM

Touré’s long awaited piece on this black doctor will be earth shattering when it finally comes out. Right? After all, so many of the aborted fetuses would probably look much like Michelle or Barack. Right?

ndanielson on April 16, 2013 at 1:20 PM

one gosnell story a day
will keep the hotair grumps gay!

lol

nonpartisan on April 16, 2013 at 12:51 PM

.
Hey, ‘partisan‘s right !

Just look at all the media resources and energy Hotair.com is wasting on this Gosnell case, that they should be putting towards covering the “Boston Bomber”.

The perpetrator is probably going to escape capture, on account of this.

listens2glenn on April 16, 2013 at 1:20 PM

There has to be a huge market for the truth that is going untapped.

DanMan on April 16, 2013 at 1:17 PM

That’s how I feel, too. Fox News was wildy successful because it did what the other networks didn’t.

Used to, anyway.

Missy on April 16, 2013 at 1:22 PM

Big deal. So now the MSM will do a “dance” with the story a couple of times and then move on down the road.

Carnac on April 16, 2013 at 1:24 PM

I learned a valuable lesson today. Never read a Gosnell article while eating lunch. He can get the death penalty, right?

DDay on April 16, 2013 at 1:26 PM

The perpetrator is probably going to escape capture, on account of this.

listens2glenn on April 16, 2013 at 1:20 PM

But if the perp is apprehended, there is always a promising career in higher education awaiting the rehabilitated bomber at some liberal-elite school in America. The liberal speaking circuit is always in need of great liberal speakers, too, isn’t it?

ndanielson on April 16, 2013 at 1:28 PM

The Nazis tried to cover up their handiwork too.

Bishop on April 16, 2013 at 12:49 PM

But we’re not supposed to talk about that….

Galt2009 on April 16, 2013 at 1:32 PM

one gosnell story a day
will keep the hotair grumps gay!

lol

nonpartisan on April 16, 2013 at 12:51 PM

What is funny about infanticide, idiot?

Resist We Much on April 16, 2013 at 1:36 PM

tsk, tsk, tsk…Got it all wrong, you see: “babies” and “human remains” aren’t found at abortion clinics!
Silly pro-life wingnuts!

DublOh7 on April 16, 2013 at 1:40 PM

one gosnell story a day
will keep the hotair grumps gay!

lol

nonpartisan on April 16, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Glad this topic amuses you. O_o

kim roy on April 16, 2013 at 1:41 PM

Does Kirsten have any sisters?

Prop Gun on April 16, 2013 at 1:41 PM

one gosnell story a day
will keep the hotair grumps gay!

lol

nonpartisan on April 16, 2013 at 12:51 PM

But none of them would stir the liberal ire as well as another in-depth exposé on a Romney pet being “abused”. Imagine if all the aborted fetuses were puppies and kittens! At least the PETA crowd would be stirred to outrage.

ndanielson on April 16, 2013 at 1:41 PM

How about the witness for the prosecution: “Benjamin, who testified he has performed 40,000 abortions over 30 years”

Doing some math and accounting for weekends, holidays, and vacations, Benjamin averaged the elimination of 6 human conceptions every working day.

But that’s OK, cause he’s not all freaky like Gosnell.

logdogsmith on April 16, 2013 at 1:43 PM

More children have been murdered by abortionists like Gosnell in this country than Hitler murdered Jews.

wildcat72 on April 16, 2013 at 12:51 PM

By roughly an order of magnitude.

ITguy on April 16, 2013 at 1:44 PM

That doesn’t even make sense. They are always arguing “safe legal and rare.” This would be a regulation (which they love) of the ‘safe’ part, would it not?

Not that I expect them to make any sense since they are shilling for the abortion industry always and forevermore.

Missy on April 16, 2013 at 1:15 PM

The women who are outraged that VA passed this law are not reasonable individuals. According to them, this cuts into the number of abortion mills because of the requirements to meet the new law (equipment, staff qualifications, etc). Plus the only part they really care about is the legal. Safe or rare, not so much.

Happy Nomad on April 16, 2013 at 1:44 PM

I’m glad Kirsten has spoken up and forced her side to examine this in the open. If it wasn’t for her they would still be suppressing this story. On the other hand, she continues to ally herself with these people and count herself among them. Why? Surely she can see the sickness of the Left and the danger that they represent for the most vulnerable among us.

HotAirian on April 16, 2013 at 12:56 PM

She’s an old school democrat and it keeps her employed. IMHO, one day she will convert when she realizes the career she has is not worth it.

kim roy on April 16, 2013 at 1:44 PM

Fox News was wildy successful because it did what the other networks didn’t.

Yep. Cavuto and Baier are still good but I found watching Shep Smith rather challenging (thanks Brent Bozell for teaching me how to ingest news). I cancelled satellite and was surprised to find there is no streaming available for their network that I can find, only video shorts. But I agree Fox has lost its luster in general.

DanMan on April 16, 2013 at 1:44 PM

DanMan on April 16, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Oops, I just saw that you had already posted the same thought.

ITguy on April 16, 2013 at 1:45 PM

by an order of magnitude

DanMan on April 16, 2013 at 1:10 PM

By roughly an order of magnitude.

ITguy on April 16, 2013 at 1:44 PM

I sit comfortably in the long shadow of ITguy…

DanMan on April 16, 2013 at 1:47 PM

DanMan on April 16, 2013 at 1:47 PM

Thanks for your kind words.

ITguy on April 16, 2013 at 1:50 PM

Kirsten Powers ‏@kirstenpowers10 2h

FYI — I don’t write the Daily Beast headlines…I don’t think there is a #Gosnell media “cover up”….I think it was negligence

Why she’s a 99% leftist sheep.

Schadenfreude on April 16, 2013 at 1:55 PM

The perpetrator is probably going to escape capture, on account of this.

listens2glenn on April 16, 2013 at 1:20 PM

.
But if the perp is apprehended, there is always a promising career in higher education awaiting the rehabilitated bomber at some liberal-elite school in America. The liberal speaking circuit is always in need of great liberal speakers, too, isn’t it?

ndanielson on April 16, 2013 at 1:28 PM

.
Yup.

Apparently the rest of us made the wrong choice of “career path”.

listens2glenn on April 16, 2013 at 1:55 PM

one gosnell story a day
will keep the hotair grumps gay!

lol

nonpartisan on April 16, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Did you bother to read this?

“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.”

You are a disgusting piece of pig excrement. Something is seriously wrong with you..you ignorant piece of chit. It’s been almost a year since you were banned under your nom libtard4life….it won’t be much longer now.

HumpBot Salvation on April 16, 2013 at 1:57 PM

She’s an old school democrat and it keeps her employed. IMHO, one day she will convert when she realizes the career she has is not worth it.

kim roy on April 16, 2013 at 1:44 PM

Nah, she will never convert and she’s not old D. She’s a 99% leftist sheeple, who gets the 1%, now and then. Even then she most always backtracks, or gives her side a freebe, seconds later.

Kirsten Powers ‏@kirstenpowers10 2h

FYI — I don’t write the Daily Beast headlines…I don’t think there is a #Gosnell media “cover up”….I think it was negligence

Schadenfreude on April 16, 2013 at 1:57 PM

The people who obsessively cover it (abortion) 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.

Like sausage making, they fully support it, they just don’t want anyone knowing the actual details.

Seems like the lib MSM is always pushing ‘the people’s right to know’, unless, of course, it’s something they’d rather sweep under the rug.

The incompetence of the current administration immediately comes to mind.

GarandFan on April 16, 2013 at 2:01 PM

She’s an old school democrat and it keeps her employed. IMHO, one day she will convert when she realizes the career she has is not worth it.

kim roy on April 16, 2013 at 1:44 PM

Nah, she will never convert and she’s not old D. She’s a 99% leftist sheeple, who gets the 1%, now and then. Even then she most always backtracks, or gives her side a freebe, seconds later.

Kirsten Powers ‏@kirstenpowers10 2h

FYI — I don’t write the Daily Beast headlines…I don’t think there is a #Gosnell media “cover up”….I think it was negligence

Schadenfreude on April 16, 2013 at 1:57 PM

Of course. Like I said, she has her career. She will poke at them and that tells me that she has the capability of converting. The ones who can’t even think around the issue never will, like Madcow.

I could be wrong. I just see something to work with and it will be interesting to see if she finds her epiphany.

I loathe them and everything they stand for, Schad.

kim roy on April 16, 2013 at 2:06 PM

one gosnell story a day
will keep the hotair grumps gay!

lol

nonpartisan on April 16, 2013 at 12:51 PM

So…YOU FIND THE MURDER OF VIABLE, BORN-ALIVE INFANTS TO BE LAUGHABLE.

You truly are a disgusting piece of shyte, partisan.

But, you are a true representative of the leftists.

Why don’t you just crawl off somewhere and die, you festering chancre? Do the world a favor.

Solaratov on April 16, 2013 at 2:07 PM

the gosnell story does not even surprise me. well, i am surprised that his story is this extreme, but on pro-life sites, there are other stories kinda similar to this. i wish everyone in america would keep up with those sites, so maybe they will turn away from abortion. many people only support abortion because they do not fully know the facts. they do not think past nice words like “right to choose.” we should make HUGE efforts to keep spreading the word about these things.

Sachiko on April 16, 2013 at 2:15 PM

More children have been murdered by abortionists like Gosnell in this country than Hitler murdered Jews.

wildcat72 on April 16, 2013 at 12:51 PM

By roughly an order of magnitude.

ITguy on April 16, 2013 at 1:44 PM

Easily. The abortion industry is approaching Rachel Carson territory.

slickwillie2001 on April 16, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Hey, isn’t Allah pro-death pro-abortion pro-choice?

OhioCoastie on April 16, 2013 at 2:24 PM

Eric Holder’s wife co-owns abortion clinic building run by indicted abortionist

Holder’s family papers over his ties to abortion doctor

tetriskid on April 16, 2013 at 12:56 PM

I was not aware of this, thanks. The moron Holder needs to be asked if he regularly excuses himself from cases involving abortion since it appears to be the family business.

slickwillie2001 on April 16, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Will there be a decent burial for these babies?

elm on April 16, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Powers is very pretty.

losarkos on April 16, 2013 at 2:31 PM

wildcat72 on April 16, 2013 at 12:46 PM

This ^^^

Iblis on April 16, 2013 at 1:02 PM

And this, but I’m not gonna hold my breath. ^^^^

PatriotGal2257 on April 16, 2013 at 2:34 PM

tetriskid on April 16, 2013 at 12:56 PM

Thanks for linking that. I had never heard of holder’s link – through his wife, at that – to the abortion industry; and his use of the DoJ to intimidate and silence pro-life groups. Someone, it would seem, has done a pretty good job of hiding that information.
I can’t say that I’m particularly surprised by the information, however.

Solaratov on April 16, 2013 at 2:37 PM

The media is nothing more than the democrat party propaganda arm.

We got Obama again because of the media refusing to cover items that hurt the Party.

If we don’t take over and replace the media we are doomed.

This must not stand!

GardenGnome on April 16, 2013 at 2:42 PM

Remind me, what is a woman’s “my body” argument when the baby has fortuitously managed to escape said body alive? How long does the mother’s right to kill exist? Metaphysics is hard.

Barnestormer on April 16, 2013 at 2:52 PM

Will there be a decent burial for these babies?

elm on April 16, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Probably in a Potter’s Field.

At least they won’t be ground up in a garbage disposal and flushed.

Solaratov on April 16, 2013 at 2:52 PM

Anti-lifers NEED to believe that abortion just sucks out a ball of tissue which in no way resembles a person.

Remove that falsehood, and support for abortion will crumble. Humanize the babies they’re slaughtering, and it will end.

Washington Nearsider on April 16, 2013 at 2:55 PM

Kudos to Kirsten Powers for exposing this. She is a pro-choice Democrat and worked for the Clinton and Gore campaigns, but she has probably become disgusted by the blood and gore (no pun intended) of Gosnell saving dismembered babies’ limbs as if they were a moose or buck’s head over a hunter’s fireplace.

She has enough credibility with the Left to get published in the MSM, and enough of a conscience to be sickened by their cover-up, and probably doesn’t want to be associated with such butchery.

Powers now writes that the only people who “obsessively” cover abortion are the “left-wing” media, which implies that she does not count herself as “left-wing”, and she may be on the verge of becoming pro-life. Whether or not that is true, what is more important than one pro-choice woman becoming pro-life is a left-leaning columnist having the courage to speak out against the extreme consequences of abortion, which is supported by her own party and generally opposed by Republicans. She could probably do more damage to the pro-abortion cause by writing about this than all the known pro-life writers, whose writings are largely ignored by Democrat voters.

But just as Democrats were ready to capitalize on the Newtown CT shootings to demand gun-control regulations, Republicans should also bring up the grisly Gosnell murders as the logical consequence of allowing late-term abortions of clearly viable babies, and point out that our holier-than-thou President was one of the few members of the Illinois Senate to speak out IN FAVOR of what Gosnell has done.

The Gosnell trial may be pushed out of the headlines for a few days because of the Boston Marathon bombing, but it should not be forgotten.

Steve Z on April 16, 2013 at 2:57 PM

Cherry limeade containers! Is nothing sacred?!

Even I have to draw the line somewhere. Geesh.

Armin Tamzarian on April 16, 2013 at 3:00 PM

OhioCoastie on April 16, 2013 at 2:24 PM

I don’t think so.

Cindy Munford on April 16, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Anti-lifers NEED to believe that abortion just sucks out a ball of tissue which in no way resembles a person.

Remove that falsehood, and support for abortion will crumble. Humanize the babies they’re slaughtering, and it will end.

Washington Nearsider on April 16, 2013 at 2:55 PM

By “humanize the babies”, I suppose you mean make stuff about fetuses like this pro-life commenter did:

http://kingsjester.wordpress.com/2013/04/12/the-gosnell-case-american-infanticide/

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

Remind me, what is a woman’s “my body” argument when the baby has fortuitously managed to escape said body alive? How long does the mother’s right to kill exist? Metaphysics is hard.

Barnestormer on April 16, 2013 at 2:52 PM

Every cell in the woman’s body has her DNA.

Every cell in the baby’s body has its own DNA, distinct from that of the mother, and present from the moment of conception.

It’s not “her body”. It’s the body of another human being which is only temporarily resident inside her body.

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 if she wants to prematurely remove another human being’s body, with the express purpose of killing/terminating/aborting it’s life, then she is in direct conflict with the laws of nature and of nature’s God, which are the very foundation of this country:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Life itself is a God-given (Creator-endowed) unalienable Right. The mother does not have the right to take away the life of the child growing in her womb. It is our Government’s role to secure the unalienable Right to Life of that child.

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

thuja on April 16, 2013 at 3:27 PM

No. By “humanize” I mean ‘show pictures of.’

Show a mother a picture of what is inside her at three months. Point out that it’s heart and brain are functioning and that it is capable of feeling pain.

It’s not ‘choice’ if you don’t know what you’re choosing between.

Washington Nearsider on April 16, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Cover up? No, just not newsworthy.

Consider the facts from a left-leaning journalists point of view.

What is the “crime”?

1) Illegal late-term abortion… which you think should be legal. Not really a crime at that point, so not newsworthy.

2) Partial or full birth abortion… which you think should be legal. Not really a crime at that point, so not newsworthy.

3) A messy opeating room for a doctor. Millions of those worldwide… do we report on all messy operating rooms as a national story? Nope.

The only “crime” they see is a doctor who was too messy doing what they believe should be legal and protected by law.

That’s why you don’t get a story… they can’t see one.

You have to get their viewpoint:
A fetus at 7 months is delivered from the womb…
A) IF the mother wants the child, this is a BABY and must be protected and have rights as a person.
B) IF the mother does NOT want the child this is still a clump of cells that can be disposed of without question as the mother’s right.

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

thuja on April 16, 2013 at 3:27 PM

That’s goofy. 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

The VA law is being widely denounced as a return to back alley abortions (not that those ever existed in the first place). Apparently it is a right or something for women to go to places like Gosnell’s for abortion services.

Happy Nomad on April 16, 2013 at 1:13 PM

That doesn’t even make sense. They are always arguing “safe legal and rare.” This would be a regulation (which they love) of the ‘safe’ part, would it not?

Not that I expect them to make any sense since they are shilling for the abortion industry always and forevermore.

Missy on April 16, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Evil people do not handicap themselves by insisting on consistency.
Which is one way you can find out who they are.

AesopFan on April 16, 2013 at 3:48 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

It is vile, it is dispicable, it is EVIL to do what the so called “media” has done regarding not only Gosnell but Benghazi, Fast and Furious, Trayvon Martin, Obamacare and on and on. The MOST evil however has to be covering up the atrocities of Gosnell and now the case in Delaware. Because the MSM WON’T do their jobs, because the MSM NEVER ask any tough questions anymore (unless its a conservative issue), because the MSM are COMPLETELY IN THE TANK for Obama, this corrupt government, and the leftist agenda I predict they will go down in flames. They see ad revenues going down, layoffs occurring, right leaning blogs soaring, Fox News soaring, CNN and MSNBC tanking and STILL they won’t do their jobs. Watergate is tiddlywinks compared to what Obama has been doing. Trampling the Constitution, ignoring the will of the majority, corruption, graft, outrageous spending…and what do we hear from the MSM….NOTHING!!! To h-ll with them! Evil b-tards!!!!

neyney on April 16, 2013 at 3:55 PM

Comment pages: 1 2