The trial of post-birth abortionist Kermit Gosnell got a rare mention on the network news Monday after a Philadelphia jury found him guilty of murder.
Earlier that afternoon, Rush Limbaugh speculated whether it would get even a mention.
“It's going to be very interesting to see if the Drive-Bys (Limbaugh’s affectionate name for the mainstream media) will cover the verdict, given how studiously they have Gosnelled the actual case,” Limbaugh said. “Do you know what to Gosnell is? What is to Gosnell? What does that mean? Gosnelled is the New Media term meaning ignored or aborted with prejudice.”
Perhaps “Gosnelled” the verb will survive in the political lexicon. Until last week, the new term could have applied the Benghazi cover up, another story that the mainstream media had all but ignored until after an emotionally charged congressional hearing with State Department whistleblowers – not partisans – who came forward to correct the story spun by their supervisors on the terrorist murders of four Americans in Libya.
The day of those hearings, Mark Levin blasted the lack of media coverage given to the Obama administration’s Benghazi cover up.
“Shame on the news, such as on it is,” Levin said. “The Pretorian Guard news agencies, you’re a pathetic joke. That’s why the American people cannot stand you.”
Despite the media blackout, or the “Gosnelling,” of these and other stories, the networks are no longer the final gatekeepers of what the American public knows. Talk radio rarely breaks news. There are many journalists outside the MSM finding unreported stories and holding government accountable. What talk radio provides is a megaphone for those stories.
Limbaugh, the long reigning king of talk radio, has 20 million listeners, while Levin, Glenn Beck, Mike Gallagher and others have millions more tuning in. Limbaugh managed to spawn an entire industry since his show became national in 1988 and exploded in the 1990s, while losing very little audience share. These hosts are informing large audiences of information they’re not getting on the evening news. With no pretense of objectivity, those talkers are pointing out mainstream media’s bias. In many cases, the megaphone is big enough to force the media into covering stories they’d rather not.