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Friday, 12 April 2013

MEDIA'S KERMIT GOSNELL PROBLEM (CONT.)

Ken Berwitz

This latest blog in the kermit gosnell series references Conor Friedersdorf's article at The Atlantic - a publication which certainly does not qualify as part of the pro-life bloc.

Here are the first four paragraphs of what Mr. Friedersdorf has to say about the murderous monster, kermit gosnell...and the media coverage his trial has not received:

The grand jury report in the case of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, 72, is among the most horrifying I've read. "This case is about a doctor who killed babies and endangered women. What we mean is that he regularly and illegally delivered live, viable babies in the third trimester of pregnancy - and then murdered these newborns by severing their spinal cords with scissors," it states. "The medical practice by which he carried out this business was a filthy fraud in which he overdosed his patients with dangerous drugs, spread venereal disease among them with infected instruments, perforated their wombs and bowels - and, on at least two occasions, caused their deaths."

Charged with seven counts of first-degree murder, Dr. Gosnell is now standing trial in a Philadelphia courtroom. An NBC affiliate's coverage includes testimony as grisly as you'd expect. "An unlicensed medical school graduate delivered graphic testimony about the chaos at a Philadelphia clinic where he helped perform late-term abortions," the channel reports. "Stephen Massof described how he snipped the spinal cords of babies, calling it, 'literally a beheading. It is separating the brain from the body.' He testified that at times, when women were given medicine to speed up their deliveries, 'it would rain fetuses. Fetuses and blood all over the place.'"

One former employee described hearing a baby screaming after it was delivered during an abortion procedure. "I can't describe it. It sounded like a little alien," she testified. Said the Philadelphia Inquirer in its coverage, "Prosecutors have cited the dozens of jars of severed baby feet as an example of Gosnell's idiosyncratic and illegal practice of providing abortions for cash to poor women pregnant longer than the 24-week cutoff for legal abortions in Pennsylvania."

Until Thursday, I wasn't aware of this story. It has generated sparse coverage in the national media, and while it's been mentioned in RSS feeds to which I subscribe, I skip past most news items. I still consume a tremendous amount of journalism. Yet had I been asked at a trivia night about the identity of Kermit Gosnell, I would've been stumped and helplessly guessed a green Muppet. Then I saw Kirsten Power's USA Today column. She makes a powerful, persuasive case that the Gosnell trial ought to be getting a lot more attention in the national press than it is getting.

Later in the article,, Mr. Friedersdorf reminds us of the nonstop torrent of media coverage for Sandra Fluke, the 23 year old struggling student who could not afford birth control on her own, who turned out to be a 30 year old career activist at a $58,000 a year law school, with a rich boyfriend, who could get birth control pills at the local Walmart for all of $9 a month - in other words, a serial liar. 

Why did Sandra Fluke become a media star?  Because she favors abortions - and therefore is a protected species.  Why is news about the monster kermit gosnell buried by the same media which celebrated Fluke?  Because he is not just a mass murderer, he is an abortionist - and therefore a protected species.

These people call themselves journalists?  I have a different name for them.  In fact, I have a lot of different names for them.  I suspect you do too.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 12:22 PM   Add Comment

Ken Berwitz Excellent question, free. I'm sorry I didn't think of it. (04/12/13)

free` Ken, I wonder if kermit gosnell had used a gun instead of scissors to kill these babies if the msm would still protect him. (04/12/13)


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