Regular Twitchy readers will recognize the name Kermit Gosnell. Horrific details of the Philadelphia abortionist’s murder trial have been passed around like a dirty secret for nearly a month, and yet the trial has escaped most mainstream media coverage. Do the national outlets really have no idea what’s going on in the courtroom, or is the alleged murder of live babies in an abortion clinic a truth too inconvenient to publicize? If it’s the former, maybe a hashtag could generate some curiosity.
Fox News contributor Kirsten Powers has taken notice and has devoted a USA Today column to the media blackout.
A Lexis-Nexis search shows none of the news shows on the three major national television networks has mentioned the Gosnell trial in the last three months. The exception is when Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan hijacked a segment on Meet the Press meant to foment outrage over an anti-abortion rights law in some backward red state.
The Washington Post has not published original reporting on this during the trial and The New York Times saw fit to run one original story on A-17 on the trial’s first day. They’ve been silent ever since, despite headline-worthy testimony.