|News media: 'Abortions? What abortions?'|
Photos of Gosnell's abortion clinic, from the grand jury report.
Allahpundit on the Gosnell abortion-murder media cover-up:
Something truly remarkable happened yesterday. After days and weeks of pushing by New Media and social media, the mainstream media has not only admitted that they should have covered the ongoing capital murder trial of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, they have promised to immediately remedy that mistake…
This is not the usual-usual from our media. Normally, like a game, the media will only admit to this kind of oversight long after it is too late to do anything about it. Worse still, the admission of the mistake is generally just a convenient excuse for the media to talk about its favorite subject — themselves.
Much of the speculation has been about why so many news outlets ignored the story. But perhaps the real story here is the way the trial became a national story without the help of the MSM—and arguably even despite its best efforts to ignore the trial. In the last century, there were a few central news gatekeepers who controlled what stories Americans heard. The internet and social media have changed all that; the people have swept aside the gatekeepers and ripped the gates from their hinges.
The MSM is no longer in control; anyone and everyone now has the tools to call the media out and if the story is hot and compelling enough (and the trial of an accused multiple baby killer passes that test with ease), it will force itself into the national conversation.
The liberal secular mainstream media is no longer the gatekeeper. They can and do lie and conceal and distort. But there is now a way around them. The blogsphere's coverage of the Gosnell trial is an example of the media's waning influence, at least among people who care about what is happening. Brian Williams and Diane Sawyer and Maureen Dowd may be silent about these murders, but there are thousands of bloggers who won't go along to get along and who won't shut up.
Let's make sure that everyone knows about the murders of these babies and the women in Philadelphia, and about the complicity of the authorities and abortion advocates in this atrocity, and that the Gosnell trial is just a glimpse into the daily murders of children in thousands of abortion charnel-houses in our nation.
Let's push the gatekeepers aside. Let's make sure everyone knows about what happened in Philadelphia. On our blogs, in conversations at home and at school and at work and at church. Let's write about it, and talk about, and warn about it, and pray about it.
Let's open the gates. And let's remind people again and again that what Gosnell did is what abortion is.