Media Does 2,381 News Stories on Jason Collins, Just 115 on Gosnell
by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 5/7/13 11:04 AM
A new report on media bias shows a very severe underreporting of the murder trial of abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell. CNS News analyzed all of the news stories written about gay NBA player Jason Collins and the ones covering the Gosnell murder trial and found a huge disparity.
From its analysis:
In the eight days since NBA player Jason Collins announced he was gay, the news media have covered the story in 2,381 places. But in the first eight days of the trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell and his “House of Horrors” abortion business, the media covered the story in 115 places, meaning that Collins’ “gay” news received more than 1,970.4% more news coverage.
In addition, a search of the news coverage of the Gosnell trial that started 49 days ago on Mar. 18, shows there have been 1,876 stories, which is still less than the 2,381 Collins stories over the last 8 days – a 27% difference in coverage, still in Collins’ favor.
A general Nexis search of “All News” in English, for the first eight days in each case, shows the following: a search for “Jason Collins” and “gay” (between Apr. 19 and May 6) reveals 2,381 news stories; a search for “Kermit Gosnell” and “abortion” (between Mar. 18 and Mar. 24) pulls up 115 stories.
A Nexis “All News” search retrieves stories from newspapers, blogs, newswires, news transcripts, news, aggregate news sources, magazines, journals, newsletters and web-based publications.
That means that in the first eight days of coverage, there were 2,266 more news stories about Jason Collins coming out of the closet as gay than news stories about Gosnell who, specifically, is charged with killing four babies born alive during abortions by snipping their spinal cords with surgical scissors.
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Another analysis comparing coverage of Collins and Gosnell also found the media more focused on the gay athlete.
On NBC’s Meet the Press, NBC truly showed what its priorities are when it comes to coverage. The outing of NBA player Jason Collins and the topic of same-sex marriage got a full 8 1/2 minutes while the murder trial of abortionist Dr. Kermit Gosnell received a whopping 2 1/2 minutes.