@larosabob CNN called questioning truth of my empty courtroom photo. I said: go to Philly & see. He said he can't, he has a "small staff."—
(@jdmullane) April 14, 2013
J.D. Mullane is the Bucks County Courier Times columnist who took the photo of the empty rows of media seating at the Kermit Gosnell trial. His column titled “What I saw at the Gosnell trial” is a must-read.
According to Mullane, someone from CNN called to question the accuracy of his courtroom photo. Mullane’s pitch-perfect response was boom-worthy: “Go to Philly & see.” That’s when he says he was told a “small staff” made sending a reporter impossible.
It took an incredible social media push by online activists to shame the national media into covering the murder trial of Kermit Gosnell. CNN’s Jake Tapper, Erin Burnett and Anderson Cooper devoted segments to the Gosnell trial on Friday. But will CNN have a reporter in the courtroom on Monday?
A CNN Radio correspondent reached out to Mullane via Twitter to question the “purportedly” empty seats in the Philly courtroom.
There’s an easy way to verify that.
Steve Kastenbaum didn’t answer the question and got increasingly defensive.
CNN, your number one source for everything Poop Cruise-related:
Mullane confirmed to Kastenbaum what he wrote in his column: the photo is accurate.
Will the courtroom look any different when the trial resumes this week?