Media Silent as Pro-Abortion Activist Assaults Elderly Pro-Life Advocate

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 31, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Media Silent as Pro-Abortion Activist Assaults Elderly Pro-Life Advocate Email this article
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by Warner Todd Huston
December 31, 2007 Note: Warner Todd Huston is frequently featured on Newsbusters, the blog of the Media Research Center, and other conservative web sites. He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the new book "Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture."

On December 22nd a 69 year-old pro-life activist who was standing atop his automobile and protesting in front of the Hillcrest Abortion Clinic in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania was physically attacked by an abortion supporter and thrown to the ground with enough force to knock him unconscious. Doctors even worried for a time that the elderly man might perish from the attack.

And here, nearly 7 days out from this attack, there aren’t any accounts of the attack in the mainstream media.

As I searched for the story myself, I found two and only two Internet hits for it. Why the silence from the mainstream media? Can you imagine the MAINSTREAM MEDIA swarm that would have occurred if it had been a pro-lifer that attacked an abortion supporter? The cacophony would have been deafening if a pro-lifer had been the one to get violent.

The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property issued the first story to hit the net a few days ago. Also, a Catholic PRWire and media advisory from Catholic Online was released on the 28th. But the MAINSTREAM MEDIA has remained silent on the matter.

Here is the account from the TFP:

When Mr. Snell tried to counsel the woman, his words were cut short when the man became furious, jumped the fence and, in the words of Mr. McTernan, “leaped on the vehicle with Ed and catapulted him off of the vehicle and onto the ground.” Mr. Snell hit his back and head on the pavement and was knocked unconscious.

His medical report outlines the extent of his injuries: “multiple trauma, right subarachnoid hemorrhage (bleeding in the area between the brain and the tissues that cover the brain), compression fractures of four vertebrae (T3, T4, T5 and T10), right scapula fracture and fracture of the fourth and fifth ribs.” Before doctors were able to stop the bleeding in his head, they even feared Mr. Snell would die.

An elderly man almost dies from an attack by an abortion supporter and the MAINSTREAM MEDIA is mum.

But, the receptionist at the clinic sure wasn’t mum!

When asked on the phone about the vicious attack, the receptionist at Hillcrest Abortion Clinic refused to give a recorded statement and angrily shouted: “He got what he deserved! He earned what he got!” She then hung up the phone.

Again, can you imagine the high dudgeon with which the MAINSTREAM MEDIA would have reported this story if it was the pro-lifer saying that an abortion supporter "got what he deserved" should one had been attacked like this?

And, on top of this indignity, the Harrisburg police didn’t seem to want to do their duty and arrest the attacker at first, letting the man go home after witnesses pointed him out as the assailant.

Ed was taken away in an ambulance and three police officers arrived to investigate. They went into the clinic, where the assailant was waiting. After a few moments, the assailant and his companion left the clinic freely, got into their car and drove away.

Shocked, Mr. McTernan shouted to the police: “What are you doing? That’s him! That’s the assailant!”

One cop replied: “It is none of your business!”

To "protect and serve," eh? Apparently not to serve the victim of a vicious attack in this case.

So, why the widespread disinterest by the MAINSTREAM MEDIA over this story? It can only be because the wrong guy got attacked.