There is a saying in the news industry: “if it bleeds, it leads…”
But not always.
Perhaps the saying should be changed to, “if it bleeds and is politically expedient it leads, otherwise, it gets buried.
For instance, you might remember the story of Kermit Gosnell, the Pennsylvania abortionist who was charged with killing at least one women and multiple (perhaps hundreds) of late-term babies in his “practice. Gosnell performed late-term abortions, marveling once that a baby was “so big, he could walk with me to the bus” before he used scissors to snip its spinal cord. Sometimes, he would sever the feet to keep around the office, like trophies.
The Gosnell story is one the press hates. They’ve barely reported on it, at all; within days of its breaking, an online search would produce blogs talking about the horror, but not mainstream media outlets; they do not find this sort of blood lead-worthy:
An unlicensed medical school graduate delivered graphic testimony about the chaos at a Philadelphia clinic where he helped perform late-term abortions.Stephen Massof described how he snipped the spinal cords of babies, calling it, “literally a beheading. It is separating the brain from the body.” He testified that at times, when women were given medicine to speed up their deliveries, “it would rain fetuses. Fetuses and blood all over the place.”
Peggy Noonan once interrupted a panel discussion to marvel at the lack of coverage of this story, and it’s not terribly surprising that, as Gosnell’s trial gets underway, the only coverage to be found is either in local media The testimony of an employee who said she was freaked out to hear a baby screaming is not compelling or relevant to any discussion currently going on in the country.
Gosnell not as rare as we think?