Prosecutors and former employees of Kermit Gosnell say his abortion house of horrors was a place of real-life nightmares: Babies screaming and moving after abortion procedures, living infants beheaded and babies’ feet severed and kept as trophies. A woman testified that starting at age 15, she assisted with abortions and saw two newborns move after being pried from their mothers’ wombs.
But according to the national media, this is just a “local crime” story, not worthy of their attention.
And now, the Wikipedia entry for “Kermit Gosnell” is being considered for deletion.
Here’s what currently appears at the top of the Gosnell entry.
One of the reasons “this article is being considered for deletion”? “His case has not received national attention. It is a local multiple-murder story in Pennsylvania, nothing more.”
I think this page should be deleted for several reasons. First, it is about a living, alleged perpetrator. Per WP:BIO, “Editors must give serious consideration to not creating an article on an alleged perpetrator when no conviction is yet secured.” Second, this person does not meet other notability criteria. His case has not received national attention. It is a local multiple-murder story in Pennsylvania, nothing more.
"nothing more"?!? 8 counts of murder (plus suspected of dozens more)? Whoop-de-do, nothing to see here, folks.
— PoliMath (@politicalmath) April 12, 2013
— Allan (@UnrealAllan) April 12, 2013
President Obama quickly condemned the killing of late-term abortionist George Tiller, but has nothing to say about these horrific accusations of baby murder. The complicit media won’t even feign interest in covering this story. As actress Patricia Heaton noted, “There was more coverage of Manti Teo’s imaginary girlfriend.”
And the inconvenient details the media won’t lift a finger to report could even disappear from Wikipedia if that doesn’t change.
Today is the “Break the Gosnell Media Blackout TweetFest.” Thousands have signed on to flood Twitter with the #Gosnell hashtag and pressure the media to do their jobs.
Make this one count.
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Update: After considerable debate, the Wikipedia entry stays, although it remains open for editing and updating. Wikipedia contributors cited “very significant international coverage” and hundreds of thousands of Google searches in the decision.