Flip your TV to any cable news channel or open any newspaper, and you’ll likely find the latest play-by-play of the Phoenix trial of Jodi Arias, the woman accused of savagely murdering her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But as gruesome as the details of that crime are, they pale in comparison to the testimony elicited in another murder trial taking place 2,300 miles to the east of Phoenix, but largely ignored by the media.
The evidence coming out in the 8-count murder trial of People vs. Kermit Gosnell, taking place in Philadelphia, are so horrific as to make the repeated stabbings and shootings by Arias to her lover seem like a mere “love tap.”
The obvious reason the media has drawn the public’s attention to Phoenix but not Philly is simple. The trial taking place in “The City of Brotherly Love” involves the murders of 7 newborn infants slated for late-term abortions, along with the death of an allegedly over-medicated mother scheduled to undergo the same procedure.
Consequently, in order to keep abreast of the goings-on in the Gosnell case, whose abortion clinic has been dubbed a “House of Horrors,” one has to turn to the Internet — conservative sites such as HotAir.com, pro-life sites like LifeNews and the social media. Twitter users are urging more media coverage by including the hashtag #gosnell with their tweets. MSNBC has never heard of Gosnell.
The testimony coming out at trial includes the following:
A Gosnell employee testified that after one late-term abortion, the 72-year-old abortion doctor “later joked that the baby was so big he could have walked to the bus stop,” according to CBS News.
Sherry West, a worker at Gosnell’s clinic, testified that during one abortion procedure, she could hear the baby “screaming,” which, she said, “really freaked me out,” according to Delaware Online. She was probably not half as freaked out as the infant.
The procedure established by Gosnell for performing late-term abortions was to sever the infant’s spinal cord at the neck. Another employee testified that when this was gone to one newborn, the baby “jumped.”
The Associated Press, the world’s most respected news-gathering and reporting agency, has reported on the Gosnell trial as one would expect. And, like most online publications, it includes “tags” or key words with each posting to help locate the article at a later date.
Oddly, the word “abortion” is not included as a tag in any of the AP articles as NewsBusters reported. Perhaps AP thinks the term is politically incorrect, as it does with “Illegal immigrant” and “Islamist.” The words “termination” and “procedure” are ever so much more polite.
Others are beginning to take note. The Atlantic magazine, never known as a harbinger of conservative thought, reported to its readers Friday morning “Why Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s Trial Should Be a Front-Page Story.” And it should.
In late March, Alisa Laport Snow of the Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates shocked Florida House committee members when she testified that the decision to allow an infant to live or die following an abortion gone awry should be left to the mother and her abortionist.
The purpose of a free press is to inform the public of the day’s events, courageously unrestrained by political agenda. Instead, when it comes to the Gosnell murder trial, the press seems to be saying, “Move along. there’s nothing to see here.”
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