Speaking of Holocaust Deniers, What Happened to the Media Coverage of the Gosnell Trial? UPDATES

Dachau, writ small…

There has been a lot of dust flying about the Holocaust, and folks minimizing it, etc., since Dawn Eden posted about a detractor of our new Pope.

It amounts to lots of wasted energy, if you ask me. I’ve been to Dachau, and I’ve seen the ovens, and I rode the train tracks that rolled right through Munich towards this not so lovely spot.

Dwight Eisenhower can tell you about the horrors that were found in places like Dachau better than I can, so I’ll leave you to follow up on that thought as my own thoughts tend to wander towards my own country’s coverup of unspeakable horrors.

Yes, many would say that equating our nations’ lawful sanctioning of the killing of the unborn with the Shoah as going beyond the line of reason. And yet the ancient sages counseled us as follows: “know thyself.” Our newspapers and news media are full of stories that folks are evidently in dire need of the knowledge of. That is, as long as it takes the focus off the ugly side of our reality when it comes to abortion.

Mollie over at Get Religion explains how the biggest horror story from the abortion industry, and frankly from every angle, is being treated in the media today. In a nutshell, it’s been like this,

The Gosnell blackout was working brilliantly for months here. And if this didn’t happen to be the most shocking trial of the century, I think reporters such as Kliff could have gotten away with it. They’d say they couldn’t imagine it being a health policy story. And then they wouldn’t cover it. So no politicians would weigh in. And it wouldn’t become a health policy story. It may be circular logic, but it’s quite effective.

See, the way you get Presidents and others to talk about uninteresting little local crime stories is that you ask them to.

I offered this one up to Kliff earlier but I’ll share it widely:

President Obama worked against the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act back in the Illinois Senate. He said he thought it was unnecessary and that he was worried it would undermine Roe. How has the Gosnell case affected his thinking on protections for children such as the ones Gosnell is accused of killing?

Variations of that would work on any and all pro-choice politicians, particularly the ones that share Obama’s extreme views on this topic. Remember how reporters asked every pro-life individual in America (or so it seemed back in October) to respond to Todd Akin’s remarks on rape? Go ahead and ask just a few prominent pro-choice activists and pols for their take on Gosnell. And try to ask some tough questions. No, like real questions.

In my next post, I’ll tell you how it went when I looked at Politico‘s Gosnell coverage and Atlantic.com’s — it’s also pretty interesting.

The picture above, for what it’s worth, is of the reserved media seats at the Gosnell trial. It was taken by JD Mullane, a news writer and columnist for the Bucks County Courier Times, The Intel and the Burlington County (NJ) Times. He says:

Sat through a full day of testimony at the Kermitt Gosnell trial today. It is beyond the most morbid Hollywood horror. It will change you.

I was surprised by the picture and asked “really?” He responded “Local press was there, Inky, PhillyMag, NBC10 blogger. Court staff told me nobody else has shown up.”

Read the whole piece.

Seeing’s how many journalists aren’t asking questions of our politicians like the one Mollie proposes above, maybe it’s time that we did. Resources to do just that can be found at the USCCB.

And if you get the idea that this concern for the unborn is only a religious urge, don’t. It’s a human rights urge, as the good folks at Secular Pro-Life Perspectives will testify to.


Fr. Dwight Longenecker: American Holocaust Deniers.

The Anchoress: Here and here.

Sam Rocha: What a dark time this is…

Anderson Cooper wakes up to the story.

Jeffrey Goldberg, Bloomberg.

Seth Mandel, Why They Won’t Talk About Kermit Gosnell

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