BUMPED! The Kermit Gosnell story “Give the Media Harrumph!”

by Datechguy | April 13th, 2013

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BUMPED! The Kermit Gosnell story "Give the Media Harrumph!"

Gov­er­nor William J. Le Petomane: Holy under­wear! Sher­iff mur­dered! Inno­cent women and chil­dren blown to bits! We have to pro­tect our phoney baloney jobs here, gen­tle­men! We must do some­thing about this imme­di­ately! Imme­di­ately! Imme­di­ately! Har­rumph! Har­rumph! Har­rumph! I didn’t get a “har­rumph” out of that guy!

Hed­ley Lamarr: Give the Gov­er­nor harrumph!

Politi­cian: Har­rumph!

Gov­er­nor William J. Le Petomane
: You watch your ass.

Blaz­ing Sad­dles 1974

There is an aspect of the sud­den media inter­est in the Ker­mit Gos­nell story that is get­ting missed.

For those of you who didn’t get the sequence of events, Twitchy and peo­ple on the pro-​life side have fol­lowed and pushed this story of the mur­der­ous abo­li­tion­ist for quite a while with an almost com­plete media black­out. In her Dam dent­ing piece at USA Today Kris­ten pow­ers alluded to the one men­tion out­side of Fox news on the story:

A Lexis-​Nexis search shows none of the news shows on the three major national tele­vi­sion net­works has men­tioned the Gos­nell trial in the last three months. The excep­tion is when Wall Street Jour­nal colum­nist Peggy Noo­nan hijacked a seg­ment on Meet the Press meant to foment out­rage over an anti-​abortion rights law in some back­ward red state.

I remem­ber that seg­ment I watched to see if any­one else at that table would com­ment, they kept tight-​lipped.

The Pow­ers piece was incon­ve­nient for the media for two reasons:

1. It came from a source that could not be dis­missed as “right-​wing”

2. It reached beyond the con­ser­v­a­tive sphere

Once that appeared in a “main­stream” source that might cause “Gos­nell” to become a search term Wikipedia THE #1 source for the low infor­ma­tion voter sprung into action:

Gos­nell Wikipedia entry con­sid­ered for deletion

Ace of Spades noted the irony:

Note that they’re all work­ing from the same play­book: If we just keep silent on this, if we impose a coor­di­nated embargo, essen­tially the story just goes away.

I don’t sup­pose I have to men­tion Orwell. You were already on that page.

No one of Any Import actu­ally nailed it per­fectly:

Why are the major news out­lets ignor­ing the grue­some case against abo­li­tion­ist Ker­mit Gosnell?

Because his case proves there is no dif­fer­ence between killing a baby then remov­ing it, and remov­ing a baby then killing it.

And Weigel in his piece noted a key fact con­cern­ing Bias:

Let’s just state the obvi­ous: National polit­i­cal reporters are, by and large, socially lib­eral. We are more likely to know a gay cou­ple than to know some­one who owns an “assault weapon.” We are, gen­er­ally, pro-​choice. Twice, in D.C., I’ve caused a friend to lit­er­ally leave a con­ver­sa­tion and freeze me out for a day or so because I sug­gested that the Stu­pak Amend­ment and the Hyde Amend­ment made sense. There is a bub­ble. Hor­ror sto­ries of abor­tion­ists are less likely to per­me­ate that bub­ble than, say, a story about a right-​wing pun­dit attack­ing an abor­tion­ist who then claims to have got­ten death threats.

Now the MSM could have con­tin­ued to ignore this story, and would have likely have remained ignored even with the Twitchy cov­er­age and the Pow­ers piece if it hadn’t been for this tweet

With that tweet came the many ques­tions and, pieces that fol­lowed, the mea cul­pasthe counter spin and finally the cov­er­age by national out­lets

Sud­denly the post found it news­wor­thy and even Planned Par­ent­hood found it nec­es­sary to throw Gos­nell under the bus only two years after Verum Serum asked the 50,000 ques­tion about refer­rals.

Why has the worm finally turned? Self preser­va­tion. While they would like to kill the Gos­nell story they sim­ply have to kill this one.

The media behav­ior regard­ing the trial of mon­ster Ker­mit Gos­nell is a turn­ing point: with all of con­ser­v­a­tive media’s com­plaints regard­ing the lib­eral bias of U.S. media, we never imag­ined this could happen.

We know there are jour­nal­ists out there infu­ri­ated by their employer’s cur­rent behav­ior: The change must start with you.

We are look­ing for whistle­blow­ers: if you have any infor­ma­tion regard­ing why your employer is not cov­er­ing the Gos­nell trial, please sub­mit it here. Your anonymity will be protected.

This is why the media has decided to cover the Gos­nell story and will do so in all its ghastly glory they fear that story far more.

Update: Stacy & Viral read have more

And here is Verum Serum’s map of local abor­tion clin­ics from 2011


View Philadel­phia Area Planned Par­ent­hood Clin­ics in a larger map

No doubt some of it was word of mouth, but is it just pos­si­ble that other clin­ics in the area who weren’t will­ing to “help” cer­tain women because they knew it was ille­gal to do so, might men­tion Dr. Gos­nell as an option.

That ques­tion was asked 27 months ago, has any­one answered it?

Governor William J. Le Petomane: Holy underwear! Sheriff murdered! Innocent women and children blown to bits! We have to protect our phoney baloney jobs here, gentlemen! We must do something about this immediately! Immediately! Immediately! Harrumph! Harrumph! Harrumph! I didn’t get a “harrumph” out of that guy!

Hedley Lamarr: Give the Governor harrumph!

Politician: Harrumph!

Governor William J. Le Petomane
: You watch your ass.

Blazing Saddles 1974

There is an aspect of the sudden media interest in the Kermit Gosnell story that is getting missed.

For those of you who didn’t get the sequence of events, Twitchy and people on the pro-life side have followed and pushed this story of the murderous abolitionist for quite a while with an almost complete media blackout.  In her Dam denting piece at USA Today Kristen powers alluded to the one mention outside of Fox news on the story:

A Lexis-Nexis search shows none of the news shows on the three major national television networks has mentioned the Gosnell trial in the last three months. The exception is when Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan hijacked a segment on Meet the Press meant to foment outrage over an anti-abortion rights law in some backward red state.

I remember that segment I watched to see if anyone else at that table would comment, they kept tight-lipped.

The Powers piece was inconvenient for the media for two reasons:

1. It came from a source that could not be dismissed as “right-wing”

2. It reached beyond the conservative sphere

Once that appeared in a “mainstream” source that might cause “Gosnell” to become a search term Wikipedia THE #1 source for the low information voter sprung into action:

Gosnell Wikipedia entry considered for deletion

Ace of Spades noted the irony:

Note that they’re all working from the same playbook: If we just keep silent on this, if we impose a coordinated embargo, essentially the story just goes away.

I don’t suppose I have to mention Orwell. You were already on that page.

No one of Any Import actually nailed it perfectly:

Why are the major news outlets ignoring the gruesome case against abolitionist Kermit Gosnell?

Because his case proves there is no difference between killing a baby then removing it, and removing a baby then killing it.

And Weigel in his piece noted a key fact concerning Bias:

Let’s just state the obvious: National political reporters are, by and large, socially liberal. We are more likely to know a gay couple than to know someone who owns an “assault weapon.” We are, generally, pro-choice. Twice, in D.C., I’ve caused a friend to literally leave a conversation and freeze me out for a day or so because I suggested that the Stupak Amendment and the Hyde Amendment made sense. There is a bubble. Horror stories of abortionists are less likely to permeate that bubble than, say, a story about a right-wing pundit attacking an abortionist who then claims to have gotten death threats.

Now the MSM could have continued to ignore this story, and would have likely have remained ignored even with the Twitchy coverage and the Powers piece if it hadn’t been for this tweet

 

With that tweet came the many questions and, pieces that followed, the mea culpasthe counter spin and finally the coverage by national outlets

Suddenly the post found it newsworthy and even Planned Parenthood found it necessary to throw Gosnell under the bus only two years after Verum Serum asked the 50,000 question about referrals.

Why has the worm finally turned? Self preservation. While they would like to kill the Gosnell story they simply have to kill this one.

The media behavior regarding the trial of monster Kermit Gosnell is a turning point: with all of conservative media’s complaints regarding the liberal bias of U.S. media, we never imagined this could happen.

We know there are journalists out there infuriated by their employer’s current behavior: The change must start with you.

We are looking for whistleblowers: if you have any information regarding why your employer is not covering the Gosnell trial, please submit it here. Your anonymity will be protected.

This is why the media has decided to cover the Gosnell story and will do so in all its ghastly glory they fear that story far more.

Update: Stacy & Viral read have more

And here is Verum Serum’s map of local abortion clinics from 2011


View Philadelphia Area Planned Parenthood Clinics in a larger map

No doubt some of it was word of mouth, but is it just possible that other clinics in the area who weren’t willing to “help” certain women because they knew it was illegal to do so, might mention Dr. Gosnell as an option.

That question was asked 27 months ago, has anyone answered it?

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