Gosnell & Newtown: mirror-image tragedies show media hypocrisy

This is a tale of two tragedies, but three stories.

1. Sandy Hook in Newtown, CT

The first is when a madman went on a rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, and killed 20 children. It was shocking, and within two days, President Obama was politicizing it, using the children’s deaths to call for gun control.

A nation was horrified, battered with images and stories that pulled at our heartstrings. Responding to the country’s mood, Saturday Night Live dedicated its cold open to a touching tribute to the children with a chillingly haunting version of  Silent Night.

Over a month later, the mainstream media was still fanning the flames on the Sandy Hook story, to the point where the Sandy Hook Elementary School Chorus sang at the Super Bowl. Folks, you don’t get any bigger than the Super Bowl, and this story was huge… and rightly so.

Loud were the cries for Congress to do something, and do something now. Public opinion supported it. Over 50% of Americans wanted tougher gun control. But Democrats didn’t want to just “do something.” They wanted to move the ball.  None of this would be possible had the mainstream media not been stoking the passion, or as NPR put it, inciting “journalistic bedlam.” The New York Times even went meta, saying that all the coverage caused a local backlash, even leading the locals in Newtown to ask the press to leave them alone.

Newtown and particularly the small community of Sandy Hook have also been transformed by those coming to report on it, a news media presence that has clogged quiet roads, established glowing encampments of lights and cameras, and showed up in force at church services and public memorials.

Think about that. There was so much media presence, it interfered with the grieving town. OJ Simpson had less TV coverage at his trial.

2. The Murderous Baby-Killing Factory of Kermit Gosnell

Speaking of trials of alleged murderers, fast-forward a couple of months to the trial of Kermit Gosnell. Gosnell is accused of killing eight people.

Did I say eight people? I meant seven babies and a woman who was under anesthesia. The most vulnerable of us.  Mark Steyn asked, “So how many dead American babies does it take to make the news?”

Well, you’d think it wouldn’t be many. Certainly, the seven dead children in Gosnell’s house of horrors should get some coverage. Maybe not the wall-to-wall coverage of Sandy Hook, but maybe half? One-third?  Surely, we can all agree that killing a baby in the fourth trimester of pregnancy is an outrage, especially if the baby girl’s name could’ve been “Shirley.”

Yet, to date, there’ve been no reports on the network nightly news programs. CBS, NBC and ABC are all MIA.  As Kirsten Powers powerfully and courageously set forth in a compelling column:

The Washington Post has not published original reporting on this during the trial and The New York Times saw fit to run one original story on A-17 on the trial’s first day. They’ve been silent ever since, despite headline-worthy testimony.

This murder trial has been going on in Philadelphia for almost a month. Has media coverage and presence reached the saturation point of Newtown? What about the trial of that accused murderer, OJ Simpson?

Here’s a picture of the media’s overwhelming presence:

Seating for media at the Gosnell murder trial
MSM packs the courtroom to report on the trial of Kermit Gosnell.
Photo courtesy of Patheos.com


This is the summary of media coverage we’ve seen so far, per John Nolte at Breitbart:

  • NBC: 0
  • MSNBC: 0
  • ABC: 0
  • CBS: 0
  • CNN: 1

All this, despite the fact that ABC News’ Terry Moran proclaimed that “Kermit Gosnell is probably the most successful serial killer in the history of the world.”


So, last week, conservatives bloggers and on Twitter led the charge to start bringing social media awareness to the story, and shaming journalism outlets for a media blackout. This had a measurable effect.  But not just in numbers.  As Nolte subsequently reported, the MSM promised to do better and get on this important story…stat!

As the eloquent statesman John McClane famously said, “Welcome to party, pal.”

3. Media hypocrisy

But there’s another story here.

If the media were honest, we’d know as much about Kermit Gosnell as we do about Adam Lanza.

While the tragedy of Newtown and the horrors of alleged baby butcher Gosnell are shocking, the media’s failure to report on Gosnell is pathetic, inexcusable, and journalistic malpractice. Mollie Hemingway was the first to get the lame excuse from the Washington Post health policy editor that Gosnell was a “local crime” story.

Local crime story? Not breaking: every story starts out a local crime story.  The trial of OJ Simpson was a local crime story. Ah, but he was a Heisman award winner, NFL player, and oh-so-talented actor from the classic Naked Gun series.  Fine. The murder trial of Casey Anthony was a local crime story, and she just killed one little girl. Gosnell (allegedly) killed 7 children.

There was a ton of outrage over Casey Anthony, who was somehow acquitted of murdering her little girl, Caylee. As a group, liberals so far have exhibited no outrage over the dead children in Gosnell’s clinic. So, I ask you this: when exactly do liberals get outraged over dead children, on the scale from “Gosnell” to “Casey Anthony?”

Maybe it’s not children. Maybe it’s the weapon. Scissors aren’t as scary as an AR-15.  Then again, we both know that if, as Mark Steyn wrote, “Had [Gosnell] plunged his scissors into the spinal cord of a Democrat politician in Arizona, then The New York Times, ABC, CBS, NBC and everyone else would be linking it to Sarah Palin’s uncivil call for dramatic cuts in government spending.”

But I digress.  The media, also predominantly liberal, didn’t cover the story.  But they were all over the Sandy Hook story. Guess what: before the shooting there, most people never heard of Newtown, CT. That means that something happened to transform this tiny hamlet from a local crime scene to national synonym for sorrow, pounded by a constant media drumbeat into our consciousness for months.  But what?

Ah, I know. I just gave it away: “shooting.” The shooting transformed Newtown. Guns were involved in killing 20 people.  Liberal reporters and decision-makers at newspapers and television networks hate guns. They’re scary-looking and stuff. The spotlight must be on them, and how bad they are. Heck, they even kill children.

How did Gosnell kill the children in his clinic? Not a gun. That right there almost guarantees a neutral pass.  Ah, but more than not a gun: these children were largely killed by scissors in a place of business set up for abortion.  If Gosnell used an AR-15 to kill children at his clinic, the networks would be looping video of his murder sweatshop.  As Erick Erickson said, “had Gosnell killed dogs, HLN would be giving it wall to wall coverage as they do all sorts of sensational trials.” 

Sandy Hook kids killed with an AR-15: wall-to-wall coverage. Babies killed with scissors: mainstream media blackout.  Clever and insightful Greg Gutfeld said it: Kermit Gosnell is essentially a serial killer that makes Jodi Arias look like a candy striper.

We’ve heard for months liberals lecture us about the need for gun control “for the children.” Yet children are killed by an abortion doctor and they say nothing.  In fact, Democrats made abortion the centerpiece last September at their DNC “Abortionpalooza.” Glorification of baby-killing while booing God and Jerusalem. Tell me more how compassionate liberals are.

No person is more vilified by liberals than a murderer with a gun; no person is more loved by liberals than an abortion-provider.

So there we have it. Two people killed a bunch of children. The only thing different was the weapon of choice.

Dead children from guns: OUTRAGE!!!1!  Dead children from abortion: ”  .”

Let’s be clear: the only reason the liberal media is treating this differently is because nothing is more sacred than “women’s health.”

(Funny, but some feminists are turning the Gosnell story into a continuation of the war-on-women narrative.  Yet, they display a shocking disregard for already-born baby girls, and refuse to condemn their killer).

So, to liberals, this is about women’s health. And protecting Obama, who is so pro-abortion he voted against protecting babies born-alive. Many conservatives believe life starts at conception. President Obama won’t protect live babies. Remind me again who the extremists are.  And the mainstream media protects Obama.

But this is, again, shameful. Journalists in the media aren’t in business to protect abortion and a Democrat in the White House. They are given first amendment protections because we, as a republic, rely on the journalists to bring us truth. Sunlight is the best disinfectant, and all that. Yet what we get instead are a bunch of hypocritical hacks who yuck it up with Obama at cocktail parties and White House Correspondents’ Dinners.  Access to POTUS is king, and this POTUS thinks he’s king.  With the constitution-trampler currently in the White House, we need a responsible media now more than ever.

Now what?

After the Sandy Hook tragedy, this president, Democrats in Congress, and the media have been all working nonstop, relentlessly politicizing the death of children to put liberal policies in place.  Gun control has been the mantra, and this president is determined to “do something,” nevermind the constitution.

First order of business was to make the NRA public enemy number one.  The NRA was isolated, frozen, and then put in the crosshairs of the liberal establishment.  In just one month after Sandy Hook, the NRA’s reputation had plummeted. The assault on our weapons was effective.

The NRA represents “institutionalized guns” and to the left, guns kill. So it had to be weakened so that legislation crippling our rights could go through.

Now it’s time to turn the tables.

The Gosnell story is Newtown, just reversed. Let’s use their own strategy, their rhetoric, against them. Let’s beat them at their own game.

I say it’s time to have a “national conversation about the abortion industry.”

Gosnell’s tiny little clinic in Philadelphia was a million-dollar business. One can only imagine all the money made from abortion at the national scale. Looking at you, Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood is the NRA of abortion.  National in scope, and vaunted by the Democratic Party, they mobilize women to get Democrats elected, and in return, get Democrats to look the other way as they make a fortune from abortion and infanticide, and get our taxpayer dollars to do it. And PP has unsafe and unsanitary conditions.

It was just last month when a Planned Parenthood official defended doctor-assisted infanticide when babies are born-alive after a botched abortion.  Planned Parenthood defended Gosnell’s practices. Obama voted for Gosnell’s practices.

CNSNews writes that in its most recent report, Planned Parenthood received almost half-million taxpayer dollars.  And in the same 12-month period, the abortion mill performed over 325,000 abortions.

So, starting right now, Republicans need to do to Planned Parenthood what Democrats have done to the NRA.  Reince Priebus, you need to stop letting the heroic Kirsten Powers lead on this and step up. Republicans need to talk about the Gosnell trial, nonstop. Make it the topic in coffee shops, dinners, and beauty salons. Get on the talk shows.  These were babies that were murdered. Babies. And the other side is cool with it.

The fact that Planned Parenthood has condemned Gosnell — finally — should not matter. It needs to distance itself from Gosnell. This means that you need to connect them.  Educate the public Gosnell is not an isolated incident. Inform that Democrats enable Planned Parenthood. Educate that Planned Parenthood enables Gosnell.  Hammer relentlessly that Obama voted against “born-alive bills,” supporting Gosnell’s practices.

This may require backbone.

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