Robert Morrison

Now, consider this lead from the Washington Post. It’s how it covered the explosive story of Lila Rose’s Live Action group exposing Planned Parenthood in NewJersey: “Anti-abortion group releases Planned Parenthood sting video.”

Staff writer Sandiva Somashekhar informs us, “A group seeking to discredit Planned Parenthood released a video Tuesday that depicts two hired actors posing as a pimp and a prostitute seeking services at a New Jersey clinic, in an operation resembling one that helped take down a liberal anti-poverty group two years ago.”

Note: Before you’re into the story, you’re alerted by the headline “anti-abortion group.” Planned Parenthood has never planned any parenthood. They are more accurately called Planned Barrenhood, but they nonetheless get called what they call themselves.

Hey, for that matter, Al Qaeda is what they call themselves. Maybe the requirement for getting respect from the liberal press is that you cut off human heads.

Pro-lifers are the only group of people who do not get called what they call themselves. Follow that biased headline with the first lines of the story. As the reader, you are put on guard.

Lila Rose’s Live Action group wants to discredit Planned Parenthood! Oh my! How arch, how devious of them. Where do you think Lila Rose and her intrepid doom treaders might have learned such a nefarious tactic? Perhaps they grew upwatching Sixty Minutes on CBS.

It takes away nothing from the justifiable moral outrage of Christiane Amanpour’s Bosnian reportage that the victims were Bosnian Muslims and the killers were Serbian Christians. Politically correct perpetrators or not, mass murder is mass murder.

I just wish Amanpour’s moral vision was a bit more embracing. Gosnell’s tophet in Philadelphiais a story of inhumanity. As author George Weigel has noted, you really cannot say you’re shocked by Gosnell’s hell. If you want Roe, the logic of Gosnell is inescapable—minus the filth and the little bodies left in toilets.

Human evil is just that—evil—whether inflicted as a massacre on a soccer field in Sarasjevo or in a Philadelphia abortion facility. That's a word, evil, that bears witness to the conduct of Bosnian thugs and Kermit Gosnell.

If Christiane Amanpour goes to Philadelphia and reports on the Gosnell case—and really sees and really calls it by its right name—she will rise above the usual stuff of liberal reportage.

Robert Morrison

Robert Morrison is a senior fellow for policy studies at the Family Research Council.