It’s not your fault. Since the murder trial of Pennsylvania abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell began March 18, there has been precious little coverage of the case that should be on every news show and front page. The revolting revelations of Gosnell’s former staff, who have been testifying to what they witnessed and did during late-term abortions, should shock anyone with a heart.
NBC-10 Philadelphia reported that, Stephen Massof, a former Gosnell worker, “described how he snipped the spinal cords of babies, calling it, ‘literally a beheading. It is separating the brain from the body.” One former worker, Adrienne Moton, testified that Gosnell taught her his “snipping” technique to use on infants born alive.
Massof, who, like other witnesses, has himself pleaded guilty to serious crimes, testified “It would rain fetuses. Fetuses and blood all over the place.” Here is the headline the Associated Press put on a story about his testimony that he saw 100 babies born and then snipped: “Staffer describes chaos at PA abortion clinic.”
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Snipped? That sounds like a haircut! These live babies were murdered!
There has been scant coverage of the trial of this barbaric monster who killed live babies at will, practiced his “medicine” in squalid conditions (but according to the nurses had nice rooms for the white patients because the doctor said whites would complain) and killed a woman during a botched procedure.
Many believe the lack of coverage in the mainstream media was due to bias, they were protecting the “pro-abortion establishment” But now thanks to the Washington Post we have the reason the mainstream media had been ignoring this horrible story…Hey, we didn’t know about it.
Martin Baron, The Post’s executive editor, offers a more mundane rationale for the newspaper’s lack of coverage: He wasn’t aware of the story until Thursday night, when readers began e-mailing him about it. “I wish I could be conscious of all stories everywhere, but I can’t be,” he said. “Nor can any of us.”
The media appears to be responding to the criticism. CNN devoted multiple segments to the story Friday. CBS said it plans two segments and MSNBC will discuss the trial on its “Morning Joe” program Monday. The Post ran a full AP report on it in Saturday’s editions; the paper has also assigned its own reporter to cover the trial in Philadelphia this week.
“We talked about the story during the day on Friday and decided that, in fact, the story warranted our staff attention because of the seriousness and scope of the alleged crimes and because this was a case that resonated in policy arguments and national politics,” said Baron. “In retrospect, we regret not having staffed the trial sooner. But, as you know, we don’t have unlimited resources, and . . . there is a lot of competition for our staff’s attention.”
Added Baron, “We never decide what to cover for ideological reasons, no matter what critics might claim. Accusations of ideological motives are easy to make, even if they’re not supported by the facts.”
Isn’t it incredible how the mostly part-time journalists in the blog world knew all about it but a large news-gathering organization like the Washington Post knew nothing?
This is an organization which editorially supports Barack Obama’s gun control push because its “for the children” but knows nothing about a mass murder trial where up to 100 new born babies had their spinal cords severed with a scissors.
The Post has another supposed excuse, the right wing media didn’t cover it either.
The Weekly Standard and the National Review, two leading conservative
magazines, for example, hadn’t published anything on the trial,
according to a search of the Nexis database. The New York Post’s
conservative editorial board has written one commentary — an editorial lamenting
the lack of coverage, which, although it doesn’t mention it, includes
its own paper. The Washington Times has published five staff-written
articles and guest commentaries on the matter, all focusing on the
absence of press coverage.
First of all that is not an excuse for the post not doing its Job, secondly their lack of coverage claim is not true. Jim Geraghty provided evidence to the contrary in a post this morning:
Anyway, a quick look through NRO’s archives:
Michelle Malkin, back on January 21, 2011:
In the City of Brotherly Love, hundreds of babies were murdered by a scissors-wielding monster over four decades. Whistleblowers informed public officials at all levels of the wanton killings of innocent life. But a parade of government health bureaucrats and advocates protecting the abortion racket looked the other way — until, that is, a Philadelphia grand jury finally exposed the infanticide factory run by abortionist Kermit B. Gosnell, M.D., and a crew of unlicensed, untrained butchers masquerading as noble providers of women’s “choice.”
As I was leaving Fox News last night, I glanced up at the monitor and caught Juan Williams expressing mystification to Sean Hannity as to why Republicans in Congress were wasting the country’s time on a “little thing” like abortion.
Gee, I dunno. Maybe it’s something to do with a mass murderer in Pennsylvania, or Planned Parenthood clinics facilitating the sex trafficking of minors. From the Office of the District Attorney in Philadelphia:
Viable babies were born*. Gosnell killed them by plunging scissors into their spinal cords. He taught his staff to do the same.
This is a remarkable moment in American life: A man is killing actual living, gurgling, bouncing babies on an industrial scale – and it barely makes the papers.
Here’s Rich Lowry, Feb. 4, 2011:
The nightmarish case of the Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell and the sting video of a counselor at a Planned Parenthood clinic cooperating with a supposed pimp show the dignity of women is decidedly secondary. The 261-page grand-jury report in the Gosnell case could have been written by Stephen King. Gosnell’s gruesome operation was, on its own terms, highly efficient. During the day, his assistants administered labor-inducing drugs to pregnant women, overwhelmingly poor minorities. Then the good doctor showed up in the evening. On some women, he performed traditional abortions, occasionally butchering them in the process. Other women had delivered babies before he arrived. Here, he performed post-birth abortions–
Jim gives plenty of other coverage examples in his article found here.
The Washington Post and the other Liberal outlets were very quick to pick up David Corn’s bogus tape of Mich McConnell’s office..even giving credence to the myth that there was something in the story….but they had no idea about the trial of a mass murderer which conservative outlets have been reporting for four months? Does Kirsten Powers have an alert system that much better than the WAPO and other liberal outlets?
Sorry guys your claim of ignorance does not pass the “Bullshit” test.