One emerging story proves the degree to which our "objective" media's views on abortion are dogmatic and extreme. Abortionist Kermit Gosnell is on trial in Philadelphia, and not just for killing babies outside the womb, but also for killing a mother through reckless use of anesthesia. Network TV coverage of the trial? Zero on ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, NPR and PBS. CNN's entire coverage seems to be one sentence from Jake Tapper on March 21.
The New York Times wrote one story before the trial began on March 19 (buried on page A17). The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and USA Today couldn't be "national" newspapers and report this trial.
They're not unaware of it. CBS aired one story after the initial clinic raid in 2011. NBC offered 50 words. CBS even passed along that Gosnell's clinic was described as a "house of horrors." Now it's in court, and the networks can't find any horrors.
Take the Associated Press report, which appeared on CBSNews.com: "The amount of drugs given to Karnamaya Mongar -- at least as suggested by the nearly illegible clinic note -- was likely to put her in a coma," said Dr. Andrew Herlich, a medical school professor.
Mongar was a very sympathetic figure. A native of Bhutan, she weighed less than 100 pounds, spoke no English and had lived for decades in refugee camps in Nepal before coming to America four months before her death. But the storyline wasn't lining up with the media's feminist prejudices. Their "war on women" narrative didn't include her.
I'll give you a story that falls in line with the media's narrative supporting the plight of women: On Nov. 14, 2012, NBC News aired a report from Ireland, where Indian immigrant Savita Halapanavar died of blood poisoning after seeking an abortion. NBC blamed the government because the woman and her husband "pleaded for an abortion but were refused, because the fetus still had a heartbeat. This is a Catholic country, they were told."
NBC never returned to the story as hospital officials reported previous "terminations" to save the mother's life and denied a "Catholic ethos." To listen to this network is to conclude that abortionists don't kill women. Catholics do.