All the news no one wants to print

A picture taken last week of the reserved media seats at the Gosnell trial. It was taken by JD Mullane of the Bucks County Courier.

A picture taken last week of the vacant reserved media seats at the Gosnell trial. It was taken by JD Mullane of the Bucks County Courier.

I wasn’t going to post anything on this subject anymore. I really don’t want to and would rather move forward. But my conscience, and the fact that the media refuses to do its job based upon ideological reasons simply will not allow me to do. Last week I wrote a lot about this and decided not to publish it until I’d had the chance to do some editing. In the end I’ve decided to simply post the links below to articles that cover what I’d point out or say. The vastness of this topic would not be done proper justice by me in a few paragraphs. In fact I think Amy Welborn said it best when she asks “Why didn’t they cover Gosnell?”

Because they didn’t think what he was doing was immoral.

Embarrassing, maybe.  Awkward, certainly.

But immoral or wrong?

Nope.

Can I be any more direct?

No agonized columns necessary.  They basically have no problem with it.

And yet I have to say something.

It has been said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over while expecting different results. We’re already heading down the path. None outside of the pro-life community is speaking out about the horrific freakshow that is Kermit Gosnell and the terrible testimony emanating from the trial in Philadelphia. Finally last week Peggy Noonan, Kirsten Powers, and some pro-life congressmen did so. But not the media. Not those in positions of power. Lock-step silence.

Kirsten Powers:

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.

I expect that from them. But where I’m a little shocked is by the silence coming from friends and acquaintances. It is deafening, this silence, and speaks volumes. For many of them spoke out against the war-monger hydra of Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld. Many wrote and posted nonstop about Cindy Sheehan, defended Sandra Fluke, and mocked the so-called “Republican War on Women” by posting photos of Romney’s “binders full of women.” Attempts at outrage were made in the name of righteous indignation, and images posted about standing in solidarity with their sisters.

But this? This horror in which women were brutalized and babies are murdered (half of whom statistically we may assume were also girls) evokes nothing?

This is why I wrote what I did last week. I’m wary of you. I don’t trust you. I want to, but I can’t. A lack of the strength, courage or empathy necessary to speak out against an issue just because the issue is one affiliated with the political party to which you belong? We’ve seen that groupthink before. We saw it in Mexico during the 1920s. We saw it in Germany in the 1930s. Cuba, Iran and North Korea today. When push comes to shove and our nation continues to be divided by politicians and a compliant media as it is today, and you are faced with making a moral decision regarding me, my family or others like me?

Welborn again:

And I don’t care how educated you are or how sophisticated you fancy yourself.  If you think shooting a baby in the head is kind of gross, but being paid to snip its spine or suck it out of a uterus for a fee is defensible, moral, not newsworthy or none of your business, your views are not new or radical at all.  First of all, you’re not consistent, and secondly, you’re more old school and reactionary than you think, defending what patricians, high priests and eugenicists have defended forever:

Sacrificing the defenseless so you can stay strong.

Be honest.  For once.

I will at least be honest with you. I won’t trust you when that time comes. History teaches me that to do so would be a mistake on my part.

Redefining the word marriage? Aw yeah-uh! Human rights, baby!

The unborn or, as we’ve learned in Philadelphia, those actual babies born who were supposed to be aborted? Human rights, wait…er um, no.

Rebecca Hamilton correctly described this stance: Abortion is everything. Women – or at least baby women – are nothing.

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The Story

The Atlantic: Why Dr. Kermit Gosnell’s Trial Should Be a Front-Page Story

Charged with seven counts of first-degree murder, Gosnell is now standing trial in a Philadelphia courtroom. An NBC affiliate’s coverage includes testimony as grisly as you’d expect. “An unlicensed medical school graduate delivered graphic testimony about the chaos at a Philadelphia clinic where he helped perform late-term abortions,” the channel reports. “Stephen Massof described how he snipped the spinal cords of babies, calling it, ‘literally a beheading. It is separating the brain from the body.’ He testified that at times, when women were given medicine to speed up their deliveries, ‘it would rain fetuses. Fetuses and blood all over the place.'”

One former employee described hearing a baby screaming after it was delivered during an abortion procedure. “I can’t describe it. It sounded like a little alien,” she testified. Said the Philadelphia Inquirer in its coverage, “Prosecutors have cited the dozens of jars of severed baby feet as an example of Gosnell’s idiosyncratic and illegal practice of providing abortions for cash to poor women pregnant longer than the 24-week cutoff for legal abortions in Pennsylvania.”

Kirsten Powers in USA Today

Infant beheadings. Severed baby feet in jars. A child screaming after it was delivered alive during an abortion procedure. Haven’t heard about these sickening accusations?

Let me state the obvious. This should be front page news. When Rush Limbaugh attacked Sandra Fluke, there was non-stop media hysteria. The venerable NBC Nightly News’ Brian Williams intoned, ”A firestorm of outrage from women after a crude tirade from Rush Limbaugh,” as he teased a segment on the brouhaha. Yet, accusations of babies having their heads severed — a major human rights story if there ever was one — doesn’t make the cut.

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.

Why were fetus feet in specimen jars?

This is Dr. Mengele medicine, plain and simple. One of Hitler’s most terrifying henchmen, Josef Mengele was given absolute license to push the medical envelope as far as his sadistic imagination could carry him. For those unaware of the barbarism that was unleashed on Jewish prisoners in the name of medical research, it is worth describing at length:

“Mengele used Auschwitz as an opportunity to continue his research on heredity, using inmates for human experimentation. Mengele’s experiments also included attempts to change eye color by injecting chemicals into children’s eyes, various amputations of limbs, and other surgeries such as kidney removal, without anesthesia. . . . At Auschwitz, Mengele did a number of studies on twins. After an experiment was over, the twins were usually killed and their bodies dissected. He supervised an operation by which two Roma children were sewn together to create conjoined twins; the hands of the children became badly infected where the veins had been resected; this also caused gangrene.

Mengele also sought out pregnant women, on whom he would perform vivisections before sending them to the gas chambers.

It sounded like a little alien

Otherwise known as “crying.”

Worker: Baby “Jumped” When I Snipped Her Neck in Abortion

And Lynda Williams, 44, of Wilmington, said Gosnell taught her how to flip the body of the baby over and snip its neck with a pair of scissors to ensure “fetal demise.”

Williams also testified that she followed Gosnell’s orders one time, when Gosnell was away either running, swimming or working at a clinic in Delaware, and took a baby that was delivered in a toilet and snipped its neck.

“It jumped, the arm,” she said, showing the jury by raising her arm.

Williams told investigators she only snipped a neck the one time, “because it gave me the creeps.”

“I only do what I’m told to do,” she told the jury. “What I was told to do was snip their neck.”

“I only did what I was told to do.” Where have we heard that before? Oh yeah, now I remember.

Philadelphia Abortion Clinic ‘Beheaded Live Babies’

Why? Follow the money:

Prosecutors say Gosnell earned more than a million dollars (£1.5m) every year and he charged $3,000 (£1950) for an abortion.

Gosnell intern testifies on teen years at clinic

Kermit Gosnell: job creator, or something.

Ashley Baldwin, a 15-year-old sophomore at University City High School who was thinking of becoming a doctor, got a job at one of the busiest clinics in West Philadelphia.

She was paid, and in no time went from answering phones to doing ultrasounds, administering intravenous medicine, and, ultimately, assisting in abortions performed by her mentor, Kermit Gosnell.

Now 22 and the mother of a 2-year-old son, Baldwin on Thursday told a Philadelphia Common Pleas Court jury hearing Gosnell’s murder trial of her unusual hands-on medical apprenticeship.

Baldwin also told the jury about seeing at least five aborted babies moving, breathing, and, in one case, “screeching” after late-term procedures at the clinic at 3801 Lancaster Ave.

In Pennsylvania, abortions are legal up to 24 weeks of pregnancy. After that, medical experts say, a fetus is capable of living outside the womb.

“They looked just like regular babies,” Baldwin said.

Baldwin said one baby was so big that Gosnell joked that “this baby is going to walk me home.”

Pennsylvania Family Institute has a timeline and trial updates — which you’ll have trouble finding anywhere else.

The Media Blackout

Mark Steyn: What Dead Kids?

Outrageous Mainstream Media Blackout on Dr. Gosnell’s House of Horrors

The old hard-boiled news statement- “if it bleeds it reads” is simply not the case when the blood is that of the innocent unborn killed in abortion. Even though Kermit Gosnell and his abortion clinic staff are charged with illegal abortion practices– including the killing of children who were already out of the womb–in a kind of “post-womb” abortion method, Miller questions if our nation should really be so shocked by all of this?

“The law already says that we can kill the innocent–such killing is sanctioned,” she [Monica Miller, PhD]said. “All Gosnell did was take this sanction to its logical conclusion since there is no moral distinction between killing the unborn before they are born–and slaying them after they have emerged from the womb.”

WPost reporter explains her personal Gosnell blackout

Inspired by Kirsten Powers’ USA Today column yesterday, I decided to start asking journalists about their personal involvement in the Gosnell cover-up.

I began by asking the AP’s national social issues reporter why he hadn’t been tweeting to AP coverage of the Gosnell trial. I had to ask a few times and then … there it was … finally …. a tweet on the Gosnell trial. Then he told me that the AP was covering the trial (which I knew, as I’ve critiqued it here). I reminded him that I was wondering why he hadn’t been tweeting to coverage of Gosnell. I asked him to correct me if I was wrong about his lack of tweets. He didn’t.

Then I decided, since tmatt has me reading the Washington Post every day, to look at how the paper’s health policy reporter was covering Gosnell. I have critiqued many of her stories on the Susan G. Komen Foundation (she wrote quite a bit about that) and the Sandra Fluke controversy (she wrote quite a bit about that) and the Todd Akin controversy (you know where this is going). In fact, a site search for that reporter — who is named Sarah Kliff — and stories Akin and Fluke and Komen — yields more than 80 hits. Guess how many stories she’s done on this abortionist’s mass murder trial.

Did you guess zero? You’d be right.

When “the Silent Scream” isn’t silent anymore

How do we react to this story?

The normal, healthy reaction is horror. I know seasoned, not-easily-shocked pro-lifers who have lost sleep and been unable to eat after reading the accounts of the kind of “medical care” Dr. Gosnell and his employees dispensed for years at 38th Street and Lancaster Avenue in West Philadelphia. It is possible for those who are pro-life and who fight to end abortion to become desensitized to the reality of the human lives that are snuffed out by abortion. The horrors perpetrated by Gosnell and overlooked by negligent health inspectors throws this reality into stark relief.

Another reaction to this story is to ignore it and hope it will go away. This seems to be the reaction of many in the national media.

Four reasons why media isn’t covering Gosnell mass murder trial

What Jeffrey Dahmer, John Wayne Gacy, Richard Speck and Kermit Gosnell have in common: they each committed massive serial murder. What don’t they have in common? Media coverage.

Although Gosnell was charged with eight counts of murder, witnesses have testified he murdered over 100 babies over three decades. If true, this would rank Gosnell as one of the top five known serial killers worldwide of the 20th and 21st Centuries by victim count.

But if you only tune in to broadcast t.v. news, you will have never even heard the name “Gosnell.”

8 Reasons for the Media Blackout on Kermit Gosnell

On Twitter and FaceBook today, #Gosnell is trending. The reason for the social media buzz is the strange silence of the mainstream media regarding one of the most gruesome murder trials in American history.

To put the Kermit Gosnell trial in perspective, consider other famous cases of child-killing. From Susan Smith to Andrea Yates, and most recently the horror of Newtown, we are accustomed to 24/7 news coverage of these types of tragedies.

Not so with Dr. Gosnell.

Here are the reasons why.

“Local Story, Nothing More”: Deleting Gosnell

Wikipedia wants to flush the story down the memory hole. Why?

Covering their backsides at The Washington Post: Is media bias to blame for lack of Gosnell coverage? Or something far more banal?

As escher417 said in their comment at the Post’s website on 4/14: “Isn’t it fascinating how the media, who has ignored this story, is spending more time covering their defense of not covering the Gosnell story then in actually covering the Gosnell story.”

What’s next?

We have a president who as a state senator from Illinois voted several times against the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act. Planned Parenthood in Florida recently revealed its willingness to abort a baby born alive. John Holdren, Obama’s Science Czar, believes that parents should be able to abort their baby up to when it is two-years old. In Delaware last week a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic was charged with unsafe and unsanitary conditions.

In his book Rethinking Life and Death: The Collapse of Our Traditional Ethics (published in 1996) Peter Singer insisted that “[The argument that a fetus is not alive] is a resort to a convenient fiction that turns an evidently living being into one that legally is not alive. Instead of accepting such fictions, we should recognise that the fact that a being is human, and alive, does not in itself tell us whether it is wrong to take that being’s life…”

The attempt by many in the pro-choice camp to distance themselves from Singer’s ethics is yet another example of the truth of Lord Macaulay’s remark, “We know through what strange loopholes the human mind contrives to escape, when it wishes to avoid a disagreeable inference from an admitted proposition.”

We can only trust that the Gosnell case will cast a lurid light on that particular inconsistency.

After the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, where a madman massacred all those children in Newtown, Connecticut, the president gave a heartfelt speech that included this line: “If there is even one step we can take to save another child . . . then surely we have an obligation to try.” Wouldn’t one such step be to ban the nihilist practice of murdering children who’ve survived outside the womb?

3 thoughts on “All the news no one wants to print

  1. I have just started following you & somehow missed your previous posts on this. I heard about the Gosnell case this morning on CBS This Morning and their take on it was that people hadn’t heard about it because there had not been national press coverage, but they did not give a reason for why they had not covered it. Even if you ignore the late-term abortion issue (or the abortion issue, for that matter), the man still killed at least six living babies, a woman having an abortion, gave other women venereal diseases and who knows what else. And the clinic hadn’t been inspected since like 1993! So, since it was just poor people being affected, then it didn’t matter what the conditions were. Totally messed up.

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  2. Reblogged this on annumland and commented:
    This post from jeffwalker.wordpress.com, Dolce Donum, is about the Philadelphia case of Dr Kermit Gosnell, who performed late-term abortions in a filthy clinic and is charged with murdering six babies who were born alive and one woman who was there to get an abortion who dies due to complications. There should also be a more straight-forward news story on the CBS website as they finally covered this story this morning. Everyone should be outraged over this story.

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