Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Has the media chosen to ignore the Kermit Gosnell abortion trial?

Kermit Gosnell
Has the media chosen to ignore the Kermit Gosnell abortion trial?

Michelle Bachmann thinks so...

Last Thursday, Mrs. Bachmann, (R-MIN) made the following remarks on the floor of the House of Representatives...

“Mr. Speaker, it’s difficult for me to even speak about this subject today,” Bachmann said from the floor of the House of Representatives on Thursday. “I’m a woman who’s been privileged to give birth to five children and I’ve also taken 23 children into my home as foster children.”
Michelle Bachmann
“It’s very hard for me to imagine, Mr. Speaker, that a doctor in this country—a doctor who took an oath to do no harm—would, in fact, kill a woman at his abortion clinic and he would sever the heads off of four babies that were born alive and potentially others, and commit one gruesome act after another and shamelessly the mainstream media has all but gone silent and failed to cover this horrific violence against women,” she said. “No one—Democrat or Republican—believes in violence against women, we abhor it.”
“But there’s nothing that comes close to what’s happened in this abortion clinic in Pennsylvania,” Bachmann continued. “And the officials in Pennsylvania in the State Department unfortunately, it appears, willfully ignored this heinous crime and also it appears that this has been ignored now across our nation.”
“Well, we won’t,” she said. “And I thank God for the men who stood up here today to stand for women and against violence against women. And I lend my voice and my support to that effort as well. I yield back [my time].”
I take issue with Mrs. Bachmann's suggestion that the "mainstream media has all but gone silent and failed to cover this horrific violence against women."

I don't much care for the style of politician Mrs. Bachmann is. She made such the impression upon me during the health care reform battles of recent years, including her infamous "death panels" that I trust almost nothing she says. Did the media fail to cover this story? Well, its pretty easy to find out. 

I did a google search for "kermit gosnell" under the CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX, USA Today and Newsmax websites, searching specifically within their news departments. Here's the number of references I found for "kermit gosnell" on each of these websites:

CNN.com - 36 references 
CBS.com - 32 references
ABC.com - 251 references
NBC.com - 115 references
FOX News.com - 283 references
USA Today.com - 21 references
Newsmax.com - 48 references

I haven't read them all but I highly doubt there's a single story/editorial that defends Gosnell's unspeakable actions. (If you're unfamiliar with the story, read the Grand Jury report, its pretty damning to say the least.)  Now, reasonable people can disagree whether this story has gotten the right amount, too little or even perhaps too much coverage. The big three broadcast news organisations, (CBS, ABC and NBC) have an average of 132.7 related stories and articles about this tragedy. Two other news organisations, the USA Today, a national newspaper and Newsmax, a popular conservative news organisation, averaged 35 stories between them. ABC and Fox news were heaviest hitters on this story with an average of 267 related stories from their search. 

I think once again, Mrs. Bachmann is grandstanding and embellishing something that frankly stands on its own. For her to fight this imaginary fight against the evil "mainstream media" doesn't do anyone any good. Its a distraction from the real matter at hand, which is to figure out with a clear eye with Gosnell and his associates did or did not do and then what level of punishment is deserved through our legal system.

Bachmann would have us believe that this is a common occurrence in a land where abortions are legal. Which of course is wrong on many levels. Are their likely other clinics where regulations are not followed? Almost certainly. Might they be as bad as Gosnell's clinic? I hope not. I don't know what la-la land Mrs. Bachmann lives in, or thinks that we all live in, but if she woke up tomorrow and could close all the abortion clinics with a snap of her fingers, the horror stories would be common place and there would be NO place to legally and safely pursue an abortion. Abortions will not stop if you ban abortions. 




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