Ed Driscoll

'We've Forgotten What Belongs on Page One'

Liberal Democrat Kirsten Powers writes in USA Today, “We’ve forgotten what belongs on Page One” — such as the horrors being described in the Kermit Gosnell trial:

“Chaos” isn’t really the story here. Butchering babies that were already born and were older than the state’s 24-week limit for abortions is the story. There is a reason the late Democratic senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan called this procedure infanticide.

Planned Parenthood recently claimed that the possibility of infants surviving late-term abortions was “highly unusual.” The Gosnell case suggests otherwise.

Regardless of such quibbles, about whether Gosnell was killing the infants one second after they left the womb instead of partially inside or completely inside the womb — as in a routine late-term abortion — is merely a matter of geography. That one is murder and the other is a legal procedure is morally irreconcilable.

A Lexis-Nexis search shows none of the news shows on the three major national television networks has mentioned the Gosnell trial in the last three months. The exception is when Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan hijacked a segment on Meet the Press meant to foment outrage over an anti-abortion rights law in some backward red state.

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.

Well, it’s not like the Post ran 112 items on a single story in the fall of 2006, nor the Times once specialized in “flooding the zone” or running 32 continuous front page stories on the same item in 2004.

But those stories were designed to harm Republicans. Why on earth would either of these Democrat house organs take one for their own team?