Big Three broadcasters gave Wendy Davis three times as much coverage as Gosnell trial

posted at 4:01 pm on July 23, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

The analysis from Media Research Center comes as no shock to those of us keeping track of both stories as they unfolded, of course, but it’s noteworthy nonetheless. The broadcast networks created a new heroine in tennis shoes in Wendy Davis while barely mentioning Kermit Gosnell over a much longer period:

Davis, a previously unheard of Texas state senator, staged a filibuster last month in a successful bid to derail a late-term abortion bill. Cheered by rowdy pro-abortion activists, Davis spoke for 11 hours against a bill outlawing abortions after 20 months of pregnancy and mandating that abortion clinics meet the same sanitary and safety standards as any other Texas medical facility.

Davis became an instant celebrity – a comely blonde single mom who stood up for “women’s health” in pink tennis shoes, fighting against “severe” abortion restrictions. Nowhere has her “rock star” status been more apparent than on the broadcast networks.

In the 19 days since her June 25 filibuster, ABC, CBS and NBC have devoted 40 minutes, 48 seconds of their morning and evening news programs to stories including Davis. That’s more than three times the 13 minutes 30 seconds they gave Gosnell during the entire 58 days of the murder trial.

Again, Davis was filibustering a state bill in a state senate – the kind of event that might merit thorough coverage in Austin, Houston or Dallas, but very rarely makes the Big Three evening newscasts. (The 40 minutes 48 seconds excluded discussion of Davis on the network Sunday talk shows, as well as the “Sunday Spotlight” report about her that appeared on ABC’s “This Week.”) And the networks didn’t find themselves responding to a growing news story. They made it a big news story; CBS “Evening News” featured a live report from outside the Texas senate on June 25 – in the middle of the Davis filibuster.

So much for “If it bleeds, it leads,” huh?

If the coverage had been at all critical and objective, a case could be made for this being a rational choice. One trial involved the grotesque nature of late-term abortions and the horrific conditions that led to the death of at least one woman in a clinic, conditions allowed by a refusal of the state of Pennsylvania and the city of Philadelphia to effectively  regulate abortion clinics — a conclusion explicitly reached by the grand jury that indicted Kermit Gosnell.  The other involved keeping Texas from effectively regulating clinics to prevent more Gosnells.  Had the coverage of Davis and the Texas bill taken that approach, or even something approaching balanced, perhaps the disparity in coverage wouldn’t be that jaw-dropping.

However, as MRC argues, “Numbers don’t do justice to the fawning nature of Davis’ coverage.”  We covered that here at Hot Air, but MRC robustly recaps the high(low)lights.  Too bad they didn’t have as much interest in the children murdered in Gosnell’s clinic after their births, or in the death of Karnamaya Mongar, as they did in Davis’ pink sneakers.


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In other words, water is wet.

kim roy on July 23, 2013 at 4:04 PM

The “success” (in their warped minds ONLY) of a lunatic-left d-cRAT socialist extremist is measured in the number of unborn infants they help MURDER through abortions.

The sub-human d-cRAT miscreants are SICK.

TeaPartyNation on July 23, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Yeah, but Gosnell was a local crime story while Wendy Davis was the most important event in the history of the world.

Doughboy on July 23, 2013 at 4:05 PM

And I should add that this wasn’t a slam to Ed or anyone here fighting the good fight, but just that until we can change this, this is going to be the status quo. No offense intended to Ed for this post.

kim roy on July 23, 2013 at 4:05 PM

Guaranteed prime-time speaker at the next Dem convention.
(Davis, not Gosnell.)

Marcola on July 23, 2013 at 4:06 PM

They could have mentioned her only once, and she still would have gotten three times the coverage.

CurtZHP on July 23, 2013 at 4:07 PM

In all fairness, both will be dwarfed by some chick having a baby in Britain. Royal babies is what Low Information Media lives for.

MNHawk on July 23, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Show us her pink shoes…pink shoes!!!!!!!

trs on July 23, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Think of this in these terms. A special session in Texas is only 30 days. Gosnell’s atrocities and trial were known to those who paid attention for more than two years. Selective journalism much?

madmonkphotog on July 23, 2013 at 4:09 PM

Woman’s right to Kill > Man’s right to kill

portlandon on July 23, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Corrupt…

d1carter on July 23, 2013 at 4:13 PM

One ran an abortion clinic with conditions that are nothing like 95% of the abortion clinics in thie country. The other was working to protect the reproductive freedom of millions of Texas women. The press balance seems just about right, if not too balanced in favor of Gosnell.

libfreeordie on July 23, 2013 at 4:13 PM

What liberal bias?

D-fusit on July 23, 2013 at 4:14 PM

The Left is incapable of tolerating any kind of scrutiny or criticism. What they can’t ignore about themselves in the media, they pooh-pooh like with Filner.

Gosnell gave the abortion movement a black eye, so it was almost necessary from their perspective to put Wendy Davis on a pedestal. “This is the real issue!” they were subtly trying to tell people. “Gosnell was an aberration!”

Liberals are about liberalism first. Nothing will change that.

Liam on July 23, 2013 at 4:15 PM

They are not good investors. It was all for nada.

Schadenfreude on July 23, 2013 at 4:16 PM

One ran an abortion clinic with conditions that are nothing like 95% of the abortion clinics in thie country.

libfreeordie on July 23, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Um, no, Gosnell was convicted of three counts of first degree murder.

sentinelrules on July 23, 2013 at 4:17 PM

One ran an abortion clinic with conditions that are nothing like 95% of the abortion clinics in thie country.

libfreeordie on July 23, 2013 at 4:13 PM

It’s that 5% that should trouble you, like it troubles us. But it doesn’t.

Liam on July 23, 2013 at 4:19 PM

And the bill passed and was signed into law and Gosnell is in prison.
So the patient (country) does show moments of sanity.
I live in her district and she will be defeated.

Marcus on July 23, 2013 at 4:19 PM

Oh, good. The maladjusted bigot craps on the carpet again.

CurtZHP on July 23, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Guaranteed prime-time speaker at the next Dem convention.
(Davis, not Gosnell.)

Marcola on July 23, 2013 at 4:06 PM

They both will get the invite, however one is busy for the next 100 years.

tommer74 on July 23, 2013 at 4:20 PM

libfreeordie on July 23, 2013 at 4:13 PM

It’s that 5% that should trouble you, like it troubles us. But it doesn’t.

Liam on July 23, 2013 at 4:19 PM

One of the advantages of being a liberal is the ability to pull statistics out of your butt.

It’s like a superpower to them.

CurtZHP on July 23, 2013 at 4:21 PM

Black on black crime, such as Gosnell murdering a few thousand of black babies, isn’t nearly as exciting or interesting as some WHITE bimbo wearing pink tennis shoes and screeching about how ALL babies should be sacrificed upon the alter of “women’s health”.

Pork-Chop on July 23, 2013 at 4:21 PM

Now compare the media coverage of Gosnell vs. Trayvon Martin.

Yeah, what Liberal Media?

sentinelrules on July 23, 2013 at 4:22 PM

(edit)

a few thousand of black babies

Pork-Chop on July 23, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Black on black crime, such as Gosnell murdering a few thousand of black babies, isn’t nearly as exciting or interesting as some WHITE bimbo wearing pink tennis shoes and screeching about how ALL babies should be sacrificed upon the alter of “women’s health”.

Pork-Chop on July 23, 2013 at 4:21 PM

Pink tennis shows and a catheter. Can’t forget the catheter.

Liam on July 23, 2013 at 4:23 PM

One of the advantages of being a liberal is the ability to pull statistics out of your butt.

It’s like a superpower to them.

CurtZHP on July 23, 2013 at 4:21 PM

I’m surprised he didn’t go with 99% instead of the 95%.

Liam on July 23, 2013 at 4:25 PM

One ran an abortion clinic with conditions that are nothing like 95% of the abortion clinics in thie country.

libfreeordie on July 23, 2013 at 4:13 PM

It’s that 5% that should trouble you, like it troubles us. But it doesn’t.

Liam on July 23, 2013 at 4:19 PM

There are undoubtedly hundreds of quack physicians and probably more than few clinics in this country. Very few, if any, when exposed will result in national news coverage.
That doesn’t mean the mainstream media is trying to cover up incompetence in the medial community.

bayam on July 23, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Snuffing babies should be a crime.

Bmore on July 23, 2013 at 4:28 PM

I’m surprised he didn’t go with 99% instead of the 95%.

Liam on July 23, 2013 at 4:25 PM

Because even he knows Gosnell’s slaughterhouse is not the aberration the left would have us believe.

CurtZHP on July 23, 2013 at 4:28 PM

Because even he knows Gosnell’s slaughterhouse is not the aberration the left would have us believe.

CurtZHP on July 23, 2013 at 4:28 PM

I’m sure. But the thing is, he simply doesn’t care. Many pro-infanticide types are the same way, and we have seen some pretty horrid posts by some of them.

Liam on July 23, 2013 at 4:31 PM

I think the appeal with the Davis story came from non-Texan liberals (and a few Texan liberals) going “*pant pant* Is this honest and for twoooooooley our chance to rally all those suppressed Democrats in Texas to take it back for Ma Richards? *pant pant drool*”

If immigration reform fails (and we only need to hold out till the August recess), where are the Texas Blues supposed to come from?

Austin? The Austin/San Marcos/Round Rock metro is 1,716,289 per Wikipedia. 842,592 are in Austin. Which leaves 873,697 in what are overwhelmingly conservative suburbs.

As you pack blues into the cities for tech jobs, more conservative job-seekers fill the suburbs in proportion. A large part of Texas business is the erl bidness, which is tres politically incorrect. Roughnecks and their payroll clerks are NOT voting themselves out of a job.

Sekhmet on July 23, 2013 at 4:43 PM

Murder committed at 5% of abortion clinics: Acceptable, as long as the murders committed at the remaining 95% are done in sanitary conditions.

BobMbx on July 23, 2013 at 4:46 PM

The other was working to protect the reproductive freedom of millions of Texas women.

libfreeordie on July 23, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Excuse me Einstein but how exactly does the law Texas passed stop libtard skanks for screwing any man, beast or plant that is moving like they do now? You libtards are still able to abort anywhere you want. You can still buy contraceptives in Texas. You can still kill off thousands of minority babies just as your god Margaret Sanger desires. So what exactly has changed? Is it because you feebs have to decide in 5 months now instead of being able to kill the child as it is dropping out?

So please tell us liar how exactly have your reproductive freedoms been compromised.

bbinfl on July 23, 2013 at 4:48 PM

The LSM hates babies and loves death. Evil b a s t – - d s!

neyney on July 23, 2013 at 4:55 PM

The lamestreamers did not think Gosnell was a good story because both the perpetrator and most of the victims were black. No news there.

NOMOBO on July 23, 2013 at 4:57 PM

libfreeordie on July 23, 2013 at 4:13 PM

libfree (aka racist *hore)

If Gosnell had been white media coverage would have been non stop. It doesn’t raise an eyebrow with them when the perpetrator is black, as were most of his victims.

Stick a sock in it before you end up swallowing your own sh*t.

NOMOBO on July 23, 2013 at 5:00 PM

So please tell us liar how exactly have your reproductive freedoms been compromised.

bbinfl on July 23, 2013 at 4:48 PM

*raises hand* oooo oooo!

Because liberals equate dirty, inspection-failing, unaccountable, profit-seeking, alley-facing “clinics” with “freedom”, and seek to direct “millions” of women there.

RushBaby on July 23, 2013 at 5:00 PM

One ran an abortion clinic with conditions that are nothing like 95% of the abortion clinics in thie country. The other was working to protect the reproductive freedom of millions of Texas women. The press balance seems just about right, if not too balanced in favor of Gosnell.

libfreeordie on July 23, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Wow, that’s some alternate universe you’re living in.

Ward Cleaver on July 23, 2013 at 5:01 PM

So much for “If it bleeds, it leads,” huh?

Melissa Harris-Perry has a pair of earrings that can help with that.

UltimateBob on July 23, 2013 at 5:03 PM

The press balance seems just about right, if not too balanced in favor of Gosnell.

libfreeordie on July 23, 2013 at 4:13 PM

And you purport to “educate” young people.

You’re an idiot…

and an azzhole…

and not very bright, to boot…bless your heart.

Solaratov on July 23, 2013 at 5:04 PM

Ain’t the ms media sooooo special.
They make me sick.

losarkos on July 23, 2013 at 5:04 PM

*raises hand* oooo oooo!

Because liberals equate dirty, inspection-failing, unaccountable, profit-seeking, alley-facing “clinics” with “freedom”, and seek to direct “millions” of women there.

RushBaby on July 23, 2013 at 5:00 PM

We have a winner

bbinfl on July 23, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Wasn’t The abortion bill in Texas also just a “local story”.

The Notorious G.O.P on July 23, 2013 at 5:06 PM

Stick a sock in it before you end up swallowing your own sh*t.

NOMOBO on July 23, 2013 at 5:00 PM

I think that horse has done left the barn and is three counties over by now.

bbinfl on July 23, 2013 at 5:06 PM

That doesn’t mean the mainstream media is trying to cover up incompetence in the medial community.

bayam on July 23, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Of course it doesn’t.

Just in the abortionist community…where incompetence is no impediment to a successful career.

Solaratov on July 23, 2013 at 5:09 PM

Why not? Wendy Davis is responsible for more dead children than Gosnell.

CrustyB on July 23, 2013 at 5:13 PM

Lefties love violence. Look at Occupy, look at Islamist bombings, look at the ‘mostly peaceful’ Trayvon protests, look at Trayvon beating a Hispanic man for no reason and being made a lefty hero, look at inner city democrat strongholds.

Lefties love violence.

GardenGnome on July 23, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Why not? Wendy Davis is responsible for more dead children than Gosnell.

CrustyB on July 23, 2013 at 5:13 PM

Maybe not yet, but she seeks to be. Dead babies should be symbolized by pink shoes from now into perpetuity.

RushBaby on July 23, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Lefties love violence.

GardenGnome on July 23, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Genocide is the soulmate of Utopianism.

RushBaby on July 23, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Baby killers are all the same…they might be a blond liberal in pink shoes or a black baby butcher in Philadelphia…….their hearts and souls are dark places and there will be no celebrating their fame when they meet their Maker…..abortion is from the pit of hell, a lie that only could have been concocted by satan himself…..enjoy your fleeting fame wendy….He is coming back and the cowtowing that you do at the altar of death will come to an end…..

crosshugger on July 23, 2013 at 5:34 PM

if it doesn’t fit the agenda, it didn’t happen:

Gosnell
Chicago kids getting murdered
Benghazi
fast and furious
IRS targeting…

burserker on July 23, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Wendy Davis? Meh, despite all the coverage she isn’t remotely interesting with her clothes on and I have some doubts that she would be otherwise either. Maybe libfree has pics.

deepdiver on July 23, 2013 at 6:00 PM

It’s simple.
The media is overwhelmingly populated by ‘Wendy Davises’.
She’s fighting for their beliefs and their opinions of social constructs.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on July 23, 2013 at 6:13 PM

Unless GOP politicians join forces with Conservative bloggers and Conservative talk radio hosts to expose the MSM for the propagandists they are, nothing will change.

Here’s a perfect example of the Media Research Center doing the leg work to serve up a perfect talking point that GOP politicians could bring up the next time they’re interviewed on a major network.

If we had someone like the late Andrew Breitbart as head of the RNC, the MSM would be scared to death to interview any GOP poltician about anything, out of fear that they’ll be put on the defensive over the latest example of media bias.

Instead, the MSM keeps doing this, because they know how spineless the GOP are. Yet, according to Lefties, GOP politicians would kill their own mothers to win elections and promote their evil policies.

ardenenoch on July 23, 2013 at 6:23 PM

Guaranteed prime-time speaker at the next Dem convention.
(Davis, not Gosnell.)

Marcola on July 23, 2013 at 4:06 PM

Not too sure about that….They’ll put a live video link from Gosnell’s cell to introduce Davis to keep the pro infanticide crowd happy.

veni vidi vici on July 23, 2013 at 6:31 PM

The other was working to protect the reproductive freedom of millions of Texas women.

libfreeordie on July 23, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Wait. Has someone vowed to take away the right of Texas women to reproduce? When did that happen?

bmmg39 on July 23, 2013 at 6:44 PM

The “success” (in their warped minds ONLY) of a lunatic-left d-cRAT socialist extremist is measured in the number of unborn infants they help MURDER through abortions.

The sub-human d-cRAT miscreants are SICK.

TeaPartyNation on July 23, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Because dehumanizing people who disagree with you politically is morally ok, but dehumanizing mindless members of the species homo sapien is evil!

thuja on July 23, 2013 at 7:25 PM

And that’s what we call “projection.”

CurtZHP on July 23, 2013 at 7:48 PM

One ran an abortion clinic with conditions that are nothing like 95% of the abortion clinics in thie country.

libfreeordie on July 23, 2013 at 4:13 PM

So you support the Texas bill that would require sanitary conditions and admitting privileges by doctors performing abortions, right?

dominigan on July 23, 2013 at 8:15 PM

Because liberals equate dirty, inspection-failing, unaccountable, profit-seeking, alley-facing “clinics” with “freedom”, and seek to direct “millions” of women there.

RushBaby on July 23, 2013 at 5:00 PM

I support abortion clinics making a profit as I do every worthy doctor and clinic. And, no, I don’t want over-regulation of abortion clinics any more than any other worthy service. And I certainly consider abortion a worthy service.

thuja on July 23, 2013 at 8:33 PM

Forgive them Lord, they know not what they do.

…forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those that trespass against us…

WhaleBellied on July 23, 2013 at 8:39 PM

And I certainly consider abortion a worthy service.

thuja on July 23, 2013 at 8:33 PM

You’re absolutely correct someone out there needs to be out squaffing those irresponsible children after 5 months. After all it is their fault their potential mothers are irresponsible whores who can’t make up their mind in 5 months. If it was about the mother’s health it would be done long before 5 months so don’t even trot out that bulls**t.

Keep up the good work thinning out the minority babies Margaret Sanger is proud of you. Way to be a good German. You people from the dimotard Klan party are something else.

bbinfl on July 23, 2013 at 10:52 PM