Skip to comments.Philly Archbishop: National Media Have ĎAllergic Disinterestí to Abortionist's Murder Trial
Posted on 04/30/2013 7:25:29 PM PDT by markomalley
Catholic Archbishop Charles Chaput, head of the archdiocese of Philadelphia, said that in addition to the ongoing trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell, an equally important story is the failure of the most important national media outlets to cover the case.
The real story in the Gosnell trial is bigger than the ugly allegations against Gosnell himself, said Abp. Chaput in his April 25 column. It includes the failure the allergic disinterest of some of our most important national media.
Gosnell has been on trial in Philadelphia since Mar. 18. He is charged with four counts of first-degree murder, for killing babies born alive during abortions by snipping their spinal cords with surgical scissors. He is also charged with the third-degree murder of a woman who died from an anesthesia overdose, as well as infanticide, conspiracy, abortion at 24 or more weeks, theft, corruption, and myriad related offenses.
While the local media in Philadelphia have covered the trial extensively, the national media have largely ignored it, prompting criticism from some news analysts and media watchdog groups.
In his column, Archbishop Chaput cited The Atlantic magazine for running an Apr. 12 article entitled why Dr. Kermit Gosnells Trial Should Be a Front-Page Story: The dead babies. The exploited women. The racism. The numerous governmental failures. It is thoroughly newsworthy.
Some stories, no matter how unsettling, just cant be ignored, even when some people are determined to look away, said Archbishop Chaput. Gosnell is much more than a local story. Forty years after the Supreme Courts Roe v. Wade decision, resistance to permissive abortion remains high. And the vivid details of the Gosnell clinic tragedy have the kind of salacious appeal that few national media would normally avoid if the issue were anything else.
But abortion is too often, and in too many newsrooms, exactly the kind of topic that brings on a sudden case of snow blindness, said the archbishop. The irony is that much of the medias lethargy in covering the Gosnell case really doesnt surprise. Its part of the fabric of a culture that simply will not see what it doent want to see about the realities of abortion.
What makes the Gosnell story unique is that it should distress anyone with its details, pro-choice or pro-life, regardless of religion or politics, said Abp. Chaput. But, of course, people need to know about an evil before they can do anything about it.
There are an estimated 1.5 million Catholics in the archdiocese of Philadelphia and 279 parishes.
It's pro-life or pro-murder.
Let's not beat around the bush, sir.
its old fashioned spiritual warfare going on. the devil vs. the Lord
Well, to be fair, the foghorns in the “media” are awfully busy right now pimping homosexuality and other forms of sexual deviancy.
It’s not media lethargy, it’s total disinterest in letting the public know how horrendous abortion is. They dare not go against their political gods. The young people today are liberal creations driven by sex, drugs and indifference. Babies are accidents that must be gotten rid of, they are a group of cells not humans, abortions are birth control,
If they succeed in removing Jesus from everything I hope I am gone so I don’t see it.
IMO, the lack of reporting is quite simple, if they were to cover the trial and listen to all of the testimony they would be FACED with the TRUTH about how MURDERING babies is real. I believe almost all of the media have had a personal connection with at least one or more abortions. Up to this point they have been able not face the truth about what an evil act abortion is. Now...faced with the horrific facts, they have to accept responsibility for THEIR own choices.
The libs have never been very good at facing facts or responsibilities for their actions.
I watched Hannity tonight and Tamera Holder (sp?) was on there trying to stand up for abortions, watch her facial expressions.
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