Skip to comments.‘Pro-choice’ reporter apologizes for not covering Gosnell, calls it ‘trial of the century’
Posted on 04/12/2013 7:27:36 PM PDT by Morgana
PHILADELPHIA, April 12, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) Amidst a pro-life Twitter campaign challenging the media blackout on the grisly trial of late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell, a pro-choice reporter has offered a frank apology for neglecting what shes now calling the trial of the century.
The MSM [mainstream media] has barely covered a story that could plausibly be named The Trial of the Century'. And that demands explanation. So I'll tell you why I haven't covered it, writes Megan McArdle at the Daily Beast. Seats reserved for the press at Gosnell's trial
To start, it makes me ill. I haven't been able to bring myself to read the grand jury inquiry. I am someone who cringes when I hear a description of a sprained ankle, McArdle continues. But I understand why my readers suspect me, and other pro-choice mainstream journalists, of being selective--of not wanting to cover the story because it showcased the ugliest possibilities of abortion rights. The truth is that most of us tend to be less interested in sick-making stories--if the sick-making was done by our side.
McArdle claims that Gosnells actions were not caused by legal abortion but admits that legal abortion created the condition for it to take place. Gosnell was able to harm so many women and babies because he operated in the open, she writes.
She also highlights the disturbing implications Gosnells case has for late-term abortions. It suggests that sometimes, those fetuses are delivered alive, she writes. Worse, it hints at what we might be doing inside the womb to ensure that the other ones aren't.
McArdle discusses a reply from Washington Post reporter Sarah Kliff when she was questioned for not covering the trial by Mollie Hemingway of the GetReligion blog. On Twitter, Kliff said: I cover policy for the Washington Post, not local crime.
I could also offer Kliff's defense, that this is a local crime, writes McArdle. But George Tiller's murder was also a local crime. There was no national policy issue involved: murder is a matter for state law Nonetheless, lots of national journalists -- including Sarah Kliff, for Newsweek -- covered the killing and discussed what it meant for abortion provision nationwide.
She makes clear that she grapsed the implications of her argument, saying the Gosnell trial impacts abortion policy nationwide.
She asks if there are holes in the regulations governing abortion facilities. More to the point, are those holes created, in part, by the pressure to go easy on abortion clinics, or more charitably, the fear of getting tangled in a hot-button political issue?" she asks.
This story should have been covered much more than it was -- covered as a national policy issue, not a local crime story. The press has literally been AWOL, she writes. What happened in Philadelphia should never happen again, and all of us -- not just the Philadelphia police -- should be asking how we make sure it doesn't.
Meanwhile Donna Brazile is on twitter trying to tell Michelle Malkin that not even conservatives cared about Gosnell until today.
I found the first FR thread posted with the keyword Gosnell is in January of 2010.
“Worse, it hints at what we might be doing inside the womb to ensure that the other ones aren’t.
Might be doing inside the womb????
or let me
Now I think is a good time to publicly ask what other issues they didn’t think the American public didn’t need to know.
The truth is that most of us tend to be less interested in sick-making stories—if the sick-making was done by our side.
***She admits that it’s due to her own idealogy and bias.
I already inserted myself into that argument with a link.
Let me help here.
It’s hard to believe these days, but the media will TOTALLY BLACKOUT stories that damage their agenda. I remember, specifically, in 1992, when they almost completely blacked out the largest organized protest since Vietnam...maybe even larger than Vietnam. That was the Operation Rescue protests that essentially shut down Wichita, Kansas (look up Summer of Mercy).
During that time, I was in Los Angeles, reading the LA Time. Just about every day, they would print 1 paragraph about the protests, noting that something like 168 people were arrested - THAT DAY ALONE. Nothing on radio, nothing on television. I was freaking out because I know that if 3 people are arrested in an anti-war rally, it makes headlines around the country. I was watching a COORDINATED media blackout at work, and I’ll never forget it.
What they are doing here is NOTHING NEW.
Just wow. Great post.
pro-choice = pro death
The “pro choice” part took place before conception in the womb.
After that it is murder.
Only difference in 1992 we did not have twitter!
I cover policy for the Washington Post, not local crime.
One of these days, she's going to need a doctor, only to be told, "I work on regular patients, not people who masquerade as 'journalists' and grind out propaganda for mass murderers."
The MSM does seem to be trying to outdo Yellow Journalism that was massively in control of the media at the turn of the 20th Century.
Yellow Journalism didn’t work out so well and neither will Progressive Journalism. The pendulum always swings.
i did too with a link
She contacted one of the local TV stations and they sent out a reporter and a cameraman.
The reporter did a great job and the cameraman captured many of the babies bodies as the pro-lifer opened up trash bags exposing the babies bodies.
Well, they took all the film back to the station and began to edit it all for broadcast.
Gathered inside the editing room were a lot of the staff reporters and since it was a sensational topic everyone took a look at the film.
The pro-lifer who found the babies bodies was told by the reporter that everyone in the editing room, whether they were pro-life or not, were nauseated by what they saw.
Sigh. They are alive before they are delivered too. What does delivery have to do with anything? Inside. Outside. What is done is always horrific. We're up above 50 million dead children. But most of the time, it's pretty much OK -- is that the party line?
Just who was that Ben Gauzy guy?
remember when they buried the Juanita Broaddrick/Julie Myers interview about brutally forced rape during bubba’s impeachment trial?
"The MSM [mainstream media] has barely covered a story that could plausibly be named The Trial of the Century'. And that demands explanation. So I'll tell you why I haven't covered it, writes Megan McArdle at the Daily Beast... To start, it makes me ill. I haven't been able to bring myself to read the grand jury inquiry. I am someone who cringes when I hear a description of a sprained ankle... But I understand why my readers suspect me, and other pro-choice mainstream journalists, of being selective -- of not wanting to cover the story because it showcased the ugliest possibilities of abortion rights. The truth is that most of us tend to be less interested in sick-making stories -- if the sick-making was done by our side."...and then proceeds to mention nothing about the acts performed, only that Kermit harmed women.
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