Shame on You, Journalists



Kermit Gosnell.

This man’s name should be known by every news consumer in America. You all at C4P know his name. Hot Air visitors know it, as well as Kristen Powers and Gov. Sarah Palin.  But as Powers pointed out in her article in USA Today, “none of the news shows on the three major national television networks has mentioned the Gosnell trial in the last three months.” As far as print media, “The Washington Post has not published original reporting on this during the trial and The New York Times saw fit to run one original story on A-17 on the trial’s first day.

One only needs to skim the links in her articles to get a gist of the gruesomeness of this case. The most gruesome link however, is the Grand Jury Report. At 261 pages, it paints a horrific picture. You wonder why, as Powers stated, this isn’t deserving of Page One coverage. I think the closest thing to an answer can be found on page 13 of the Report:

 “We think the reason no one acted is because the women in question were poor and of color, because the victims were infants without identities, and because the subject was the political football of abortion.”

Although that damning statement was directed toward the regulatory agencies who failed to protect the victims of Gosnell, it may as well be directed at American journalists. Where are they? Why aren’t they asking questions? Why is it that we get hyperventilating coverage of a Republican Senator drinking water during a speech, yet near silence on a crime in which two woman are dead, several infants murdered and countless other woman irreparably mangled and left sterilized by a modern day Mengele? We had news organizations willing to fly their top on air talent to Anchorage to report breathlessly on discarded emails, but I have yet to see a primped Andrea Mitchell reporting from the inner-city “clinic” raided by the FBI and detectives from the Philadelphia DA’s office.

Are these “poor women,” these “infants without identities,” not to have a voice because it makes people ask uncomfortable questions about the political football of abortion? Shame on you, journalists. Powers is right:

 You don’t have to oppose abortion rights to find late-term abortion abhorrent or to find the Gosnell trial eminently newsworthy. This is not about being “pro-choice” or “pro-life.” It’s about basic human rights.

The deafening silence of too much of the media, once a force for justice in America, is a disgrace.

Journalists, release the death grip you have on that football and do your jobs. Ask questions. Dig into this because the hard truth may be that while this might be the most awful example, it may not be the only one. These cases are a REAL war on women, and although you don’t want to acknowledge it, you all are contributing to it when you keep your keyboards silent to the horrors of the Kermit Gosnells out there.


Make his name known, journalists. Now.


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