The Gosnell bit starts at 3:00 but you should watch from the beginning or else you’ll miss him saying how he felt “personally responsible” to demand more gun regulation after the Newtown shooting. Does he feel personally responsible to demand tighter regulations of late-term abortions, too? (“If it saves just one life…”) That question never gets asked, despite the grand jury’s conclusion that pro-choice political priorities led Pennsylvania regulators to stop inspecting clinics. He mutters a few platitudes about following the law and abortion being “safe, legal, and rare,” which no hardline pro-choice advocate like him takes seriously, but beyond that he can’t comment because there’s a trial ongoing — as if he would have kept quiet about gun control until now if Adam Lanza had been captured and indicted. Via Tim Carney, here’s a follow-up for the next journalist who gets to interview O: What’s the difference between what Gosnell’s accused of doing and what pro-choice hero Leroy Carhart typically does? (The answer: About a foot or so in location.) And if O’s opposed to what Carhart does too, then, per Carney, why did his 2004 campaign once send out a mailing describing partial-birth abortion as a “legitimate medical procedure”?
I’m seeing people on Twitter say that it’s time to move past covering reactions to Gosnell’s trial and start covering the trial itself. Fair enough, but this is a special case. Which reporter’s going to press Obama after the trial, when he can’t use the “pending case” dodge, to explain the difference between his position now and his position a decade ago?