Report: Mainstream Media Still Ignoring Gosnell Murder Trial
by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 4/18/13 7:25 PM
Despite the massive pressure the pro-life movement has placed on the mainstream media, a new report by a conservative watchdog group indicates they are still essentially ignoring the Kermit Gosnell murder trial.
As LifeNews reported, the New York Times committed to and then qucikly pulled back a reporter who was supposed to provide daily coverage of the trial. But it’s worse than that, as Katie Yoder of Newsbusters indicates the big television networks have still done next to nothing.
Earlier this week, reports surfaced of big media names rushing in to finally cover the Gosnell case. Yet, besides the Media Research Center, an average of only 12 – 15 reporters appeared in the courtroom at a time on Wednesday, April 17. While a few outlets like The Washington Post have started covering the trial, there has been no sea change in the major media. CBS did one story on April 15 and NBC’s Savannah Guthrie asked Obama a question about Gosnell later in the week. That’s all.
The April 15 New York Times claimed “Online Furor Draws Press to Abortion Doctor’s Trial,” but that hasn’t been the case. A dozen reporters hardly represents the media attention typical for a high-profile case. The media present on Wednesday hailed from both local and national news organizations, including: The News Journal, CBN, NBC, USA Today, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Reuters.
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The media initially ignored the Gosnell trial earlier this month, but recently paid a little attention to the case after Media Research Center President Brent Bozell, along with 20 other conservative leaders, called for accountability from the networks.
But, now the media is back to its old antics of ignoring the trial, which is why more than 70 members of Congress are urging the networks to actually bother to cover it.