Once again, the "news" media yawned as tens of thousands of Americans clogged the streets of Washington on Jan. 24 for the annual "March for Life." This year's protests should have gained more attention since they came in the wake of absolutely vomit-inducing news from Philadelphia that an abortionist named Kermit Gosnell was charged by the District Attorney with a series of murders.
In a horrific 261-page report, Gosnell is accused of delivering seven babies alive and then killing them with scissors. He also allowed a woman who had survived 20 years in a refugee camp in Nepal to be incompetently overmedicated on Demerol and die at his clinic.
So much for abortion being "safe, legal and rare."
Associated Press reported, "Prosecutors described the clinic as a 'house of horrors' where Gosnell kept baby body parts on the shelves, allowed a 15-year-old high school student to perform intravenous anesthesia on patients and had his licensed cosmetologist wife do late-term abortions."
Or try the Philadelphia Inquirer: "Semiconscious, moaning women sat in dirty recliners and on bloodstained blankets. The air reeked of urine from the flea-infested cats permitted to roam the clinic. There was blood on the floor and cat feces on the stairs."
"If it bleeds, it leads." Remember that mantra to explain the TV networks' fascination with gory visuals? And yet these same networks could barely touch this story, even with its jaw-dropping ratings potential. "CBS Evening News" had one story, NBC's "Today" "offered 50 vague words and ABC couldn't be bothered. Rachel Maddow anchored an entire hour-long special on the shooting death of abortionist George Tiller, but a Nexis search finds no one on MSNBC could even whisper the name of Kermit Gosnell. (CNN and Fox News each followed the story for a few days.)
What monster would kill a child who survived an abortion? On Aug. 5, 2002, President Bush signed the Born Alive Infants Protection Act, which stated that any baby mistakenly born (oh, the irony!) during an abortion has all the rights of any other living human being. None of the broadcast networks covered that at the time. On CNN that day, it was dismissed as "a really symbolic bill" (reporter Kelly Wallace), a "largely symbolic law" (anchor Miles O'Brien) that was only aimed "to appease anti-abortion advocates" (deputy bureau chief Steve Redisch). Was it "symbolic" to Gosnell's seven infants, born alive and then stabbed in the neck with scissors?
Again, the Philadelphia Inquirer: "One premature infant wiggled around on a counter for 20 minutes before an untrained worker slit his neck -- after first playing with him."