Daniel Doherty

Regular readers of this website are well acquainted with “Doctor” Kermit Gosnell. But sadly, many Americans are probably more familiar with Wendy Davis and her “heroic” filibuster than the abortionist who sadistically butchered babies for a living. The MRC has the details:

Davis became an instant celebrity – a comely blonde single mom who stood up for “women’s health” in pink tennis shoes, fighting against “severe” abortion restrictions. Nowhere has her “rock star” status been more apparent than on the broadcast networks.

In the 19 days since her June 25 filibuster, ABC, CBS and NBC have devoted 40 minutes, 48 seconds of their morning and evening news programs to stories including Davis. That’s more than three times the 13 minutes 30 seconds they gave Gosnell during the entire 58 days of the murder trial.

Again, Davis was filibustering a state bill in a state senate – the kind of event that might merit thorough coverage in Austin, Houston or Dallas, but very rarely makes the Big Three evening newscasts. (The 40 minutes 48 seconds excluded discussion of Davis on the network Sunday talk shows, as well as the “Sunday Spotlight” report about her that appeared on ABC’s “This Week.”) And the networks didn’t find themselves responding to a growing news story. They made it a big news story; CBS “Evening News” featured a live report from outside the Texas senate on June 25 – in the middle of the Davis filibuster.

I wonder if the Washington Post journalist who didn’t cover the Gosnell trial because she dismissed it as “local” news felt compelled to write a story about Wendy Davis’ filibuster. In any case, this is just another example of the elite media’s obsession with far-left causes. The purpose of the Texas anti-abortion bill (which in some ways was similar to the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act passed by the U.S. House of Representatives last month) was expressly designed to protect unborn babies (and mothers too) from enduring grisly life-ending terminations passed after twenty weeks gestation. But of course, you wouldn’t know that by watching ABC, CBS, or NBC.

However, even when the Left did discuss the matter publicly, it was framed almost entirely in euphemistic terms -- lionizing Wendy Davis as a hero and ignoring the language of the bill itself. This rhetorical head fake was meant to distract Texans from the brutality of late-term abortion, and to create a specious narrative that Republicans somehow wanted to “harm women.” Remember, this bill only gained traction, and later, broad support among Texans and the general public, because of what happened in Dr. Gosnell’s slaughterhouse. In short, state lawmakers didn’t want the same crimes happening in Pennsylvania to happen in Texas. And yet mainstream media types were incapable -- or unwilling -- to make this simple yet straightforward connection.

Why am I not surprised?


Daniel Doherty

Daniel Doherty is Townhall's Deputy News Editor. Follow him on Twitter @danpdoherty.

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