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Ed Driscoll

Gosnell: It’s Come to This at CNN

April 14th, 2013 - 11:59 pm

“Philly-area columnist: CNN journo said ‘small staff’ means he can’t send reporter to cover Gosnell trial,Twitchy reports:

Unreal.

J.D. Mullane is the Bucks County Courier Times columnist who took the photo of the empty rows of media seating at the Kermit Gosnell trial. His column titled “What I saw at the Gosnell trial” is a must-read.

According to Mullane, someone from CNN called to question the accuracy of his courtroom photo. Mullane’s pitch-perfect response was boom-worthy: “Go to Philly & see.” That’s when he says he was told a “small staff” made sending a reporter impossible.

It took an incredible social media push by online activists to shame the national media into covering the murder trial of Kermit Gosnell. CNN’s Jake Tapper, Erin Burnett and Anderson Cooper devoted segments to the Gosnell trial on Friday. But will CNN have a reporter in the courtroom on Monday?

CNN, which made its bones with live feeds from Baghdad during Operation Desert Storm, and can beam propaganda back from Pyongyang when it wants to, is reduced to claiming that it can’t put a reporter and a cameraman on the Amtrak Acela and send them to Philadelphia to cover the Gosnell trial. Note that CNN is but one component in a globe-girdling corporation with Time magazine — can’t they send a reporter and cameraman with a portable HD camera and provide coverage for CNN? HBO is also part of that conglomerate. I bet they have a cameraman they could loan out on assignment if asked nicely.

Is anyone at CNN still wondering why it’s getting clobbered in the ratings?

Related: “Howard Kurtz Agrees Gosnell Hasn’t Received Enough Coverage, Then Demonstrates Why,” John Sexton writes at the Breitbart.com Conversation group blog:

But just a couple sentences after agreeing the media hasn’t given the story enough attention, Kurtz accidentally revealed why. He says “Kermit Gosnell is on trial for allegedly running a house of horrors, storing all kinds of mutilated fetuses, some of which were brutally killed.” [Emphasis added.]

Fetuses? Gosnell is not on trial for murdering fetuses, he’s on trial for murdering babies (and one adult woman). Here are the first two lines of the grand jury reportThis case is about a doctor who killed babies and endangered women. What we mean is that he regularly and illegally delivered live, viable, babies in the third trimester of pregnancy — and then murdered these newborns by severing their spinal cords with scissors.”

One one hand I’m sure this was just a slip of the tongue, but I think it’s fair to say in this case — the Kermit Gosnell case — the line between fetus and baby is decidedly not a minor rhetorical point.

Let’s hope it really was a slip of tongue, or that Kurtz really isn’t that familiar with the details of the story, and is simply being dragged kicking and screaming by new media into covering a story that ordinarily, he and the rest of CNN wouldn’t touch with a bargepole. Because otherwise, Kurtz’s euphemism would be a textbook example of what George Orwell wrote about in “Politics and the English Language,” when he said that political language “is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable.”

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So we've had the Clint Eastwood empty seat depicting President Obama as an absent leader.

Now we have the empty seat depicting the Legacy Media as absent liberty guardians.
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And lefties wonder why we think every word that comes out of their mouths is a lie, including "and" and "the".
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Both the photo and the story are metaphors of the liberal mind. Vacant seats and absent consciences.
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I'm just wondering how many reporters they sent to Alaska for Emailgate.
1 year ago
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Seems we can kill a baby in the womb¬ callo it murder,but with whats taken place today in Boston can snuff away lives.Why is it that 1 can anger us¬ in other things?Liz
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The abortion rights movement tries to paint Gosnell as "an outlier," not one of the nice abortion "providers." They're sweeping something under the rug that would be appalling even to the strongert stomached prochoicer: At least six of Gosnell's illegal third-trimester abortion patients, including the mother of Baby Boy A, walked not into Gosnell's "house of horrors," but into a supremely reputable abortion facility in Maryland -- a member of the prestigious National Abortion Federation, smack dab in the heart of Safe and Legal Land. Those women were handed over to Gosnell and ended up in Philly, doped within inches of their lives by rank amateurs and left to moan on blood-stained blankets amid cat feces in a flea-infested, reeking charnell house. Let that sink in. Gosnell worked at a National Abortion Federation clinic. The word for that is not "outlier." It's "employee."
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Where it's really come to, and where it's been heading for a long time, is this: Contrary to ideas about low-information, in fact we are seeing the same information. Trayvon Martin, Aurora, this trial - we see them.

Politically and socially, philosophically and intellectually, America is basically split into two camps whose method of viewing the world around them are based on two mutually exclusive modes of thought.

One is based on various things all jumbled together that all intersect at the same place. These are things like Critical Pedogogy, Critical Race Theory, casual Marxism, radicalized feminism, etc., otherwise known as political correctness and progressive liberalism.

Within that liberal mode of thought, any victims or oppressors are pre-destined and pre-judged long before any event. The actual event itself is almost irrelevant because the outcome is an open and shut case that confirms the precepts of people who are hyper-genderized, politicized and racialized.

Right and wrong, and morality itself, are judged by what one looks like at birth. Until we understand this fundamental truth that creates heroes and villains based on gender and race, and learn how to marginalize it, this country will sink into a morass of bickering identities who are organized around their identities, and lawyered up to the hilt.

There is in fact a New Jim Crow, but it is not what the Left say it is. The New Jim Crow discriminates in the reverse of the traditional model, and throw in women's suffrage too. There are new drinking fountains; they are invisible and one is denied a drink of morality or given one. It is a sickness.

The other side of this, a bickering quilt of ideologies based on what you do, takes things as they come and have no weird and distorted views either of history or America, thought the other side claims this is exactly the case, and the problem. Although the Constitution is firmly on the side of the Right, they are in fact losing the battle of principle over identity, and where this will all lead in the end is anyone's guess.
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"Small staff"
Now they are blaming midgets?
1 year ago
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NNaaahhh, the guy who sends people out to go report stuff just isn't
'well hung' enough to actually do his frickin' job, and this is their method of cluing us all in .
One look at their lineup tells you all you need to see. None of the males got a pair amongnst the bunch of them........
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Great picture and story BTW. Thanks for the link Ed.
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We need Abortion Control legislation! Stop this travesty! Do it for the children!
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Love it. Gonna borrow it.
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Gosnell doesn't exist.
The story doesn't exist.
It never happened.
Oceana has always been at war with East Asia.
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CNN, MSNBC, and virtually all other Main Stream Media outlets have one thing in common: a total lack of integrity when it comes to printing unbiased, honest, and meaningful news. I'm sure Putin would love to have them in Russia. They follow orders.
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The Russians are realy enjoying this. Besides warning Americans not to give up their guns, Pravda's attitude has been, "In your FACE, America! Now it's YOUR turn!"
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Gosnell did what all abortionists do; he just did it out on the table under full light. And that's a problem for the left. Abortion is an "out of sight, out of mind" procedure. It's like murdering in the dark, and now someone's flipped the lights on. The MSM has to squeeze their eyes shut to keep their denial intact.
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