Ed Driscoll

Media Acknowledge Blowing Gosnell Story

“Something truly remarkable happened yesterday,” John Nolte writes at Big Journalism:

After days and weeks of pushing by New Media and social media, the mainstream media has not only admitted that they should have covered the ongoing capital murder trial of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, they have promised to immediately remedy that mistake:

The Daily Beast’s Megan McArdle: “Why I didn’t write about Gosnell’s trial — and why I should have.”

Bloomberg columnist Jeffrey Goldberg writes: “It’s too late now, though, to suppress coverage. [Kirsten] Powers and others have shamed the media into paying attention, and the press is now on the case. It’s remarkable that it took this long.”

The Washington Post: “We believe the story is deserving of coverage by our own staff, and we intend to send a reporter for the resumption of the trial next week. In retrospect, we should have sent a reporter sooner.”

Politico’s Dylan Byers: “Gosnell should be front-page, top-of-the-hour news by primetime tonight. And if it’s not, we’ll write about it again.”

NBC’s Joe Scarborough: “A horrifying story out of Philadelphia that the media must cover. We will cover this on Monday.”

This is not the usual-usual from our media. Normally, like a game, the media will only admit to this kind of oversight long after it is too late to do anything about it. Worse still, the admission of the mistake is generally just a convenient excuse for the media to talk about its favorite subject — themselves.

Media Matters, the self-described leftwing media watchdog agency and quote fabulists is treating the horrors of the Gosnell story like a game however:

Nothing like attaching a mocking “ha” on a story described by its grand jury report thusly:

When you perform late-term “abortions” by inducing labor, you get babies. Live, breathing, squirming babies. By 24 weeks, most babies born prematurely will survive if they receive appropriate medical care. But that was not what the Women’s Medical Society was about. Gosnell had a simple solution for the unwanted babies he delivered: he killed them. He didn’t call it that. He called it “ensuring fetal demise.” The way he ensured fetal demise was by sticking scissors into the back of the baby’s neck and cutting the spinal cord. He called that “snipping.”

Over the years, there were hundreds of “snippings.” Sometimes, if Gosnell was unavailable, the “snipping” was done by one of his fake doctors, or even by one of the administrative staff. But all the employees of the Women’s Medical Society knew. Everyone there acted as if it wasn’t murder at all.

And until yesterday, so did vast swatches of the MSM and their enablers. Or as Mark Steyn dubs Gosnell, “The Mass Murderer Who Didn’t Make the Mass Media.”

Or to put it another way, “Can You At Least Be Against Third Trimester Abortions?”