The Anchoress on Gosnell and the Media

Elizabeth Scalia aka The Anchoress  has done a fantastic job writing about the media blackout on the Kermit Gosnell trial. The only reason the media is beginning to take note of this horror is because of the work she and others like her have done.

Her recent column at First Things is no exception.

Here is an excerpt:

Gosnell Headlines? Gone, Baby, Gone!

The story of Kermit Gosnell, the Philadelphia abortionist who ran what a Grand Jury report referred to as “a baby charnel house,” where viable babies—“big enough to walk around with me or walk me to the bus,” as Gosnell joked—were delivered and then outright killed with a “snip” to the spinal cord, their feet sometimes severed for souvenirs, is one the press quickly consigned to the memory hole. It is not being talked about by the “strong feminist” voices on daytime TV, or on night time cable news. There are no headlines, no feature articles in leading magazines.

The mainstream media, confronted with a house of horrors that was gestated and born of a single-minded mania for “protecting choice for women” had no choice but to report on Gosnell being charged for the murder of one woman who died while under his dubious “care” (another woman’s death had been “settled” for a financial consideration), and they mush-mouthed their way through his killing of at least seven living, viable babies, but they did not like this story.

They did not want to discuss that authorities had repeatedly received reports of Gosnell’s mayhem and had chosen to look the other way. They did not want to have to mention that Gosnell’s disgusting, “third-world” abortion mill—a place where women were abused, manhandled, disrespected, over-sedated, punctured, infected, sterilized, interiorly ripped, and otherwise treated like pieces of meat—would still be running, unimpeded, were it not for an investigation into illegal drug trafficking.

The Gosnell story—a story that by any measure deserved in-depth coverage, some serious discussion about regulation and responsibility, and a few features forcing the nation to consider just when a “late-term” abortion slips into the category of “infanticide” or what our leadership and politicians really think of all of this—proved too big and too messy for the mainstream media. (Read the rest here.)

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  • Jessica Hoff

    This story is beyond belief – what utter, depraved evil. May the Lord God have mercy on the souls of these murdered innocents.

    • Rebecca Hamilton


  • Elizabeth Scalia

    TY, Becca

  • Imelda

    Pardon me if I do not go into the details of this post or of the story contained in this post. The inhumanity and cruelty and callousness is just so appalling, I am having the shakes just reading the first sentence about what he did to the babies.

    • Rebecca Hamilton

      I understand Imelda. I am much the same myself.

  • Bill S

    Ms. Scalia points out the difference between the press coverage of this case and of the priest abuse scandals as if the priest abuse scandals weren’t far more horrendous than the callousness of a legal abortion clinic. Catholics choose not to see the difference. I’m not saying that Dr. Gosnell doesn’t deserve to go to jail. But please don’t compare what he did to even one rape by a pedophile priest. The Church scandal deserved far more coverage.

  • Peg

    FYI CBS This Morning did a pretty decent story on Gosnell today — factual — and mentioned the lack of media coverage. It seems like putting pressure on the media to actually cover the news can sometimes work.