Leaked NPR Emails: Call Kermit Gosnell a “Doctor” Not an “Abortion Doctor”

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Sep 18, 2018   |   12:46PM   |   Washington, DC

NPR described Kermit Gosnell as an “abortion doctor” back in 2013 when a Philadelphia court convicted him of murdering babies.

But last month, the taxpayer-funded radio group rejected an ad that used the exact same term to describe Gosnell, claiming it is not “value neutral,” according to The Daily Beast.

The makers of the movie “Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer” have been hitting roadblocks since they began their project more than four years ago. Their struggles started when the crowdfunding site Kickstarter refused to allow filmmakers Phelim McAleer and Ann McElhinney to fundraiser there. They later broke a crowdfunding record on another site, Indiegogo.

Now, they are up against hurdles to advertise the film. “Gosnell” is slated to be out in theaters Oct. 12.

John Sullivan, executive producer of the film, told The Daily Beast that he tried to buy ads on NPR’s “Fresh Air” show last month, but got shut down because of two little words: abortion doctor.

According to the report:

Sullivan, who was prepared to spend as much as six figures, crafted his ad copy to answer the question you’re probably asking: Who is Gosnell? The proposed ad was as follows, “Support for this NPR program comes from the film Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer. The film is the true story of abortionist Kermit Gosnell. A story the mainstream media tried to cover up because it reveals the truth about abortion.”

No dice. According to e-mails provided to The Daily Beast, NPR’s representative ran it up the legal flagpole and came back with a disappointing answer. In addition to other minor tweaks to the wording, their response stated, “The word ‘abortionist’ will also need to be changed to the neutral word ‘doctor.’”

Seeking to find an acceptable compromise, Sullivan (who co-directed Dinesh D’Souza’s first two documentaries) next proposed simply using the term “abortion doctor.” This is a descriptive term that is morally neutral, he reasoned. Still, NPR refused to approve Sullivan’s compromise language. It was “Philadelphia doctor Kermit Gosnell” or bust.

An NPR spokesperson told the news outlet it would accept an ad without any mention of the word abortion. Its proposal was this: “Hat Tip Distribution, with the film ‘Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer,’ based on the true story of Philadelphia doctor Kermit Gosnell. Out Friday.”

The “Gosnell” filmmakers have taken their business elsewhere.

Many pro-lifers will remember how the mainstream media ignored Gosnell and the horrors of his Philadelphia abortion practice. It appears the liberal media still is trying to keep the story quiet.

“NPR might have covered up Kermit Gosnell’s crimes, but we won’t,” the film producers wrote Tuesday on social media. They also pointed to a report about NPR being a taxpayer-funded entity.

Daily Beast writer Matt Lewis said these situations show that conservatives do have a “legitimate gripe about liberal media bias.”

In 2013, a jury convicted Gosnell of murdering three newborn babies and contributing to the death of a female patient, along with numerous other crimes. He was sentenced to three consecutive life in prison terms for his crimes.

His notorious “house of horrors” abortion facility shocked the world, though local and conservative news sites were the only ones that initially covered the horrendous case.

Gosnell operated his filthy abortion center for three decades in Philadelphia before authorities uncovered the criminal activity. According to court testimony, Gosnell would perform illegal abortions on late-term unborn babies, inducing live births and then stabbing the babies in the backs of their necks with scissors to kill them.

He may have killed hundreds, perhaps thousands of late-term babies this way. However, investigators said Gosnell destroyed most of the evidence that possibly could have led to further convictions.

The movie is scheduled for release Friday, Oct. 12. For more details, visit gosnellmovie.com.