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"The press wants Kermit Gosnell and his scissors to go away"

Gosnell is the abortionist charged with killing one woman and 7 babies in Philadelphia.  That's more deaths than Jared Loughner is responsible for in Tucson.  And these killings were arguably far more gruesome and horror filled.

We were awash in Tucson shooting stories even weeks after the actual killings.  Contrast that with the coverage being given the Gosnell murders.  Or better yet, allow The Anchoress to do it for you:

Do a quick run-through of the search engines. Beyond some perfunctory coverage on the day the Gosnell story broke, there has been little attention paid, no follow-up by the mainstream media. This is an ugly story; it touches too many social shibboleths and indicts too many philosophies. The press wants Kermit Gosnell and his scissors to go away, and to that end they are simply not talking about him.

So, allow me to ask the impolitic question I have hinted at elsewhere: in choosing to look away, in choosing to under-report, in choosing to spin, minimize, excuse, and move-along when it comes to Kermit Gosnell--and to this whole subject of under-regulated abortion clinics, the debasement of women and the slaughter of living children--how are the press and those they protect by their silence any better than the Catholic bishops who, in decades past, looked away, under-reported, spun, minimized, excused, moved-along, and protected the repulsive predator-priests who have stolen innocence and roiled the community of faith?

The press was quite right (and duty-bound) to report on the shameful failures of our bishops and the sins of our priests. They reported; they followed up. They dug through records. They sought out histories. They looked for more, because they understood that if filth existed in one diocese, it likely existed in others. They courageously did their jobs, unworried about fallout or repercussions; they were looking at a big issue, and were thus unintimidated by big names, and rightly unreserved in their outrage.

They pulled neither punches nor headlines. They even dared to peer at the very uppermost seats of authority and leadership, to see if there was any culpability, there--any mismanagement, any looking-away.

In the wake of Kermit Gosnell, however, in the wake of Andrew Rutland, Stephen Brigham, and Abu Hayat, there is no following-up, no digging through records; there is no curiosity about filthy, women-maiming, spine-snipping facilities existing in other cities; there are no big names to go to for quotes. These crimes--when they are covered at all--are treated like "local" aberrations. No one peers in at authority or examines the pro-abortion leadership. There is no one in government, apparently, to ask about criminal-neglect, lack of scrutiny; no one to accuse of mismanagement or of looking-away.

The mainstream press, made uncomfortable by a 261-page grand jury report detailing what might well be called a decades-long and heinous crime against humanity, abetted by the spectacularly willful looking-away of those in authority, itself turns away from the story and neglects its duty to the public trust.

In doing so they bring to mind the words of Saint Paul to the Romans: "The evil which I hate, that I do."

A guy walks up to a Congresswoman and pumps a bullet into her head and understandably, the coverage of this event garners plenty of ink for weeks.  A guy severs the spinal cords of 7 babies in a filthy clinic for immigrants and the poor, kills a woman with an overdose of anesthesia and pain killers and oversees an office filled with jars of severed baby's feet and despite evidence that officialdom looked the other way for far too long, the story disappears down a media black hole in a matter of days.

Welcome to mainstream media coverage where only the news that fits the meme is fit to print.


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"Welcome to mainstream medi... (Below threshold)

"Welcome to mainstream media coverage where only the news that fits the meme is fit to print."

They don't print it, it didn't happen. They've honed it to a fine art, covering the Democrats asses.

The eleventh commandment fo... (Below threshold)

The eleventh commandment for Liberals is, "thou shalt not speak ill of abortion...EVER."

GarandFan nailed it perfect... (Below threshold)

GarandFan nailed it perfectly! The LSM still pushes the meme that it's only important if (a) we cover it and (b) we harp on it.

Other stuff happens (like "Dr" Gosnell") but it's not NEARLY as important as the stuff WE tell you is important!!

Sadly for the LSM, people are no longer constrained by them...or not nearly so much.

Cut the media some slack on... (Below threshold)
LeBron Steinman:

Cut the media some slack on this.
They're still working on a way to blame this on Sarah Palin.

The left does not want the ... (Below threshold)

The left does not want the gruesome details of abortion and its practitioners to become public. PERIOD.

Giant pickle jars with 'Yes... (Below threshold)

Giant pickle jars with 'Yes We can' on them would be hard to ignore in 2012.

Add to this the fact that G... (Below threshold)

Add to this the fact that Gosnell also operated in DE, which has NO state or county oversight for abortion clinics AND the fact that the owner of the DE clinic has been investigated for similar practices in Louisiana, one would think this has the makings of some good reporting. Maybe even journalism!

Quite honestly, it's be... (Below threshold)
gaius piconius:

Quite honestly, it's become more acceptable to have a daughter in a whore house than a daughter in the liberal media.

Kermit is the true face of ... (Below threshold)
Ellie Light:

Kermit is the true face of abortion and those who support it.

When Loughner went on his s... (Below threshold)

When Loughner went on his shooting spree, the MSM were spouting off opinions as truth before the bodies were cold. But in the Gosnell case, an 11 month investigation by a Grand Jury, with dozens of witnesses (both eyewitness and expert witness) provides inadequate "facts", and the Talking Heads trip over themselves in their care to not draw hasty conclusions.

And then they claim not to have an agenda.

(BTW, for your convenience, I've Wikifyied the Grand Jury Report. Click on my link.)






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