One of the best indicators of media bias isn’t how an outlet chooses to portray a story, but whether they choose to run the story at all.
A good example is the Kermit Gosnell trial in Philadelphia. Journalists are ignoring what otherwise is a sensational, traffic-drawing story because it doesn’t fit the liberal paradigm of abortion-access through all three trimesters of pregnancy, and even after birth.
Dan Gainor of the Media Research Institute brings to light this journalistic malfeasance:
“Gosnell is charged with killing seven babies born alive, along with Karnamaya Mongar a newly-arrived, 41-year-old refugee from Bhutan. Prosecutors say Gosnell’s staff gave the 90-pound woman a lethal dose of anesthesia and painkillers during a 2009 abortion,” according to the Associated Press.
ABC has never carried that story. Not once. Neither has NBC. CBS did … back in 2011 when Gosnell was first arrested. The rest of the media landscape is an equal travesty. CNN did one story on it in 2013, even though the trial has been going on for more than three weeks. Fox has covered it more than most of its TV kin, but it has surprisingly not done a lot.
It’s OK, they’ve been too busy with basketball. Yes, ABC, CBS and NBC have spent 41 minutes and 26 seconds telling viewers about the Rutgers basketball scandal. And not a second about baby murder in Philadelphia. Of course, Rutgers Coach Mike Rice did throw basketballs at grown men, deploy “abusive behavior” and, worst of all, use “homophobic slurs.”
Gosnell’s charges seem mild by comparison. He is charged with murdering seven viable, born-alive babies “by plunging scissors into their spinal cords.” Sherry West, who worked for Gosnell, recently testified she saw an 18- to 24-inch-long newborn. “It didn’t have eyes or a mouth but it was like screeching, making this noise. It was weird. It sounded like a little alien,” she told the court.”