If even half of the gruesome details of the testimony are true, Nazi doctor Josef Mengele had nothing on Dr. Kermit Gosnell.
If Dr. Kermit Gosnell is convicted of murder, there probably isn’t a prison strong enough to keep out the karma that will be heading his way.
The Philadelphia physician is on trial on first-degree murder charges for his alleged butchering of four babies born alive in his abortion facility, a place deemed a “house of horrors” by former employees and surviving victims.
Gosnell also faces other charges, including third-degree murder in the 2009 death of an adult patient by drug overdose.
If even half of the gruesome details of the testimony are true, Nazi doctor Josef Mengele had nothing on Gosnell, who specialized in late-term abortions and allegedly went well beyond the parameters set by law.
Many people in the anti-abortion community suspect that Gosnell’s trial hasn’t gotten more coverage because they suspect that most people in mainstream media are pro-choice. They see the lack of coverage as a conspiracy of silence.
But what pro-choice person in his or her right mind would be an apologist for someone who allegedly performed abortions in conditions unfit for animals? Who would dare defend Gosnell’s claim that severing the feet of dead fetuses was necessary to preserve DNA samples?
Sex still sells
Really, what Gosnell is accused of doing isn’t even about abortion. It’s about alleged criminal behavior masquerading as medical treatment.
Last week, Gosnell’s defense rested without calling witnesses on his behalf. Perhaps because it’s not possible to explain away the indefensible.
Critics point out, and rightly so, that coverage of other sensational trials frequently is relentless. Casey Anthony, the wild-child single mom accused of causing her toddler daughter’s death, and the seemingly endless sexpot-murder trial of Jodi Arias are just two that come to mind. Web and cable TV coverage of Arias’ trial has been so saturated, it has made her a “celebrity” in the process.
Salacious behavior and sex drive ratings.
There also are suggestions that the press is uninterested in Gosnell’s case because the victims were desperate and poor minorities, and that had a blond sorority girl died on his table, you couldn’t get away from the coverage.
But the reasons for not covering news are not that simple, or that sinister — at least not where I work. Many times, the reason things don’t get covered at a regional newspaper is as simple as this: There’s more news than there are people to cover it.
Local news rules
Community-based media outlets don’t so much lean left as they lean regionally. For local outlets, local news rules.
Every day, newspaper editors must decide which wire stories will be the most beneficial to the largest groups of readers. They choose from the thousands that are produced hourly from around the world and make them fit in limited space.
Page 2 of 2 - Are there national stories that rise above the fray? Is Gosnell’s trial one of them? Yes, it probably is.
But I know the people with whom I work, and I can tell you that conspiracy has nothing to do with it.
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