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What’s with the media blackout?

April 18, 2013

To the editor: There is a landmark criminal case currently taking place that has been going on in a public trial for about a month now. It’s called, “the Kermit Gosnell murder trial.” Dr....

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Apr-18-13 7:32 AM

I totally agree. I believe the left-leaning media realizes that it is even harder to accept abortions when the killing of the baby can be seen. They would rather have us all believe that abortion is just the peaceful stopping of a life, when just about all abortions involve dismembering a live baby. (where no one can see it happen)

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Apr-18-13 7:57 AM

Pro-"choice" people have to try to sweep this under the rug. If America says, this is terrible, and wrong, and must stop (it is, and must), then they will say, well what if it happens 10 minutes earlier, if the doctor kills the baby just before it is born? They will look so hypocritical for saying it is ok 2 minutes earlier, and on the other side of the uterine wall. So how about a week earlier? Still hypocrites they are. When is it ok? You cannot find a time when anything changes, to make it ok to kill an unborn baby. So they must pretend this doesn't happen. This the blackout.

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Apr-18-13 8:03 AM

And then they argue that abortion is ok before the baby is "viable". Baloney. Go ahead and put a one week old baby in his own apartment, and see how he is at living on his own. Not viable then either. Wrong to kill the baby then, just as it was on the other side of the cervix.

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Apr-18-13 8:08 AM

Actually, from what I've read, a lot are saying that the "media blackout" has more to do with showing what could happen if safe, regulated abortions were not legal. And no, I'm not talking about late-term abortions--what this "doctor" did is abhorrent.

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Apr-18-13 8:18 AM

Which rock do you live under, Nancy? I've been reading about this trial ...not only is it being reported on but I read a 180 page document detailing the evidence last week. There's no media blackout. And his "clinic" had NOTHING to do with Planned Parenthood.

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Apr-18-13 8:40 AM

SomeSense - you are correct - this story is covered by one media outlet, Fox News. Please cite your other sources for CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN and ABC. Can't even find this story on any of their web pages.

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Apr-18-13 8:41 AM

Great letter, by the way!

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Apr-18-13 8:53 AM

Bystander- There is no such thing as a safe abortion. The whole point of abortion is to kill. That brings death. There is no safety in death.

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Apr-18-13 10:21 AM

Maybe the reason that it is not being covered in any of the "viable" media sources is because it is a bunch of B.S.

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Apr-18-13 11:53 AM

Al, knock it off!!! Seriously. Your 11:24AM comment is positively shameful.

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Apr-18-13 11:54 AM

SomeSensePlease: I don't know when Ms. Haapoja penned this letter, but it's a little out of date - a lot has happened in the past week.

Kermit Gosnell was arrested two years ago, in Jan 2011. His trial began March 18 of this year. There was a whole section of the courtroom reserved for journalists, but it had mostly empty seats. Prior to last week (that's THREE weeks into the trial) there were no mentions of this in the TV news coverage of the 3 main news networks, with only a scattering of coverage elsewhere in the mainstream (e.g. NYTimes buried one story on it on p17 on the first day of the trial).

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Apr-18-13 11:55 AM

Cont’d: The trial's testimony involved gruesome stuff... I mean, we're talking infants screaming on the table after the procedure was botched, severed baby feet kept in jars, that sort of stuff. Surely THAT is newsworthy material the second it comes out! Now there WAS reporting on this that was coming from right-wing sources, as well as some left-wing sources (e.g. HuffPost, Salon). But those main sources in the middle, where most of us look to for news, dropped the ball on this one. So, while this letter doesn't have every fact exactly correct, its basic point is valid.

A major factor, btw, in bringing it to the forefront was this April 11 editorial by USAToday columnist Kirsten Powers, for which I think anyone of goodwill, whether prolife or prochoice, can be grateful: w w w .usatoday. c o m/story/opinion/2013/04/10/philadelphia-abortion-clinic-horror-column/2072577/

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Apr-18-13 11:56 AM

Oh one more comment, SomeSense – it’s true that Gosnell’s clinic was not associated with Planned Parenthood. But a benefit that’s coming out of this is perhaps a greater willingness for regulators to do a better job regulating clinics to keep them safe, even PP ones. Just this week Delaware announced an investigation into a couple PP clinics for potentially unsanitary conditions. Of course, it doesn't appear that there have been any mentions of this in any mainstream news source yet…. :-)

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Apr-18-13 12:10 PM

I suspect we don’t agree on some portions of this issue Crunchy, but I wholeheartedly agree with your last comment. Well stated.

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Apr-18-13 12:11 PM

“Left-leaning media” is a figment of the Conservatives imagination. There is no media blackout – most news networks are busy covering the Republican and NRA’s fight against gun background check laws that WOULD prevent innocent people from being murdered each year, many of them children.

The right to choose what a person does with their body is an individual freedom protected by the Constitution. Individuals seeking legitimate legally recognized medical procedures should expect to receive treatment that meets the highest of standards. Anything less is malpractice. Nancy’s pathetic attempt to demonize government oversight “with regard to the abortion industry” diverts from the real perpetrator of these disgusting events. There is NO excuse for the actions of “doctor” Gosnell. There is also little media coverage of the intimidation, harassment, threats of violence and vandalism by conservative terrorists against abortion providers who are committing no crime.

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Apr-18-13 12:44 PM

Although I agree that ANY clinic which performs medical procedures should be held to appropriate standards, I don't agree with "backdoor" attempts by Conservative lawmakers to obstruct abortion providers from performing their mission. Many Conservative lawmakers are introducing and passing laws which have NOTHING to do with enhancing patient care and everything to do with preventing women from getting the medical care for which they are legally entitled. Planned Parenthood serves a vital need in many communities yet are unjustly condemned by anti-choice conservatives.

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Apr-18-13 12:58 PM

Hartman-"The right to choose what a person does with their body is an individual freedom protected by the Constitution"- 1.Sounds good, but what a person does with someone else's body shouldn't include death. 2.How do you explain outlawing prostitution?

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Apr-18-13 1:00 PM

Al- Every baby deserves a right to life. Including Blasphemer, and his mother.

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Apr-18-13 1:53 PM

Al- Every baby deserves a right to life. Including Blasphemer, and his mother.

I really do not understand how there can be 4 disagree's on that statement. It seems to me that alot of these agrees and disagrees are pointed right at the individual and not the statement

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Apr-18-13 6:24 PM

Fertilized eggs are expelled if they fail to implant in the uterine lining. Based on your definition, would that be considered murder westline?

Its really this simple, westline. If I find specific behavior objectionable, then I simply don't participate.

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Apr-18-13 6:31 PM

Yes Spendstop, you can state an indisputable fact and STILL some will disagree. Watch.

The earth is round!

I bet I'll get a disagree or two, just because.

As wacky as that may seem, I still appreciate the concept of allowing individuals to "agree" or "disagree".

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Apr-18-13 8:43 PM

1. It is not only "my" definition. It is common sense. 2.Of course not. Abortion is a deliberate act of violent murder by someone other than the baby, against the baby. Your example is death by an act of nature, like a heart attack. If your son dies of a heart attack, you didn't murder him.

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Apr-18-13 8:49 PM

Now, by your definition, if you walk past a park, and see a 12-year-old boy beating the heads of pre-schoolers in with a rock, you would just keep on walking. "I simply don't participate" you say.

I, however, feel I need to stand up for the pre-schoolers, and do what I can to try to save their lives.

Thus my adamant stand against abortion.

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Apr-18-13 11:53 PM

OK Hartman I'm going to agree with you, in part. But I also expect you to live up to your words. You stated, and I agree "That if I find a specific behavior objectionable then I simply don't participate". Very similar to Jefferson's "If it neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg" quote. A rejected fertilized egg, or miscarriage is usually a involuntary act. For whatever reason the body rejects the pregnancy. For people wanting children they can be just as painful as a child's death. An abortion is a voluntary action that results in a child's death. I object to abortion because of MY moral beliefs. But I accept abortion because as a man I don't have the right to tell a woman what she can or can't do with her body. That will be between her and her God, because God did give us, sinful or not, freewill of our actions. Now then, I know how you feel about firearms, and I accept that no one is going to force you to own one. So please respect my right to own them, I mean

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Apr-19-13 9:44 AM

Wow! Six people don't think my mother and myself have a right to live. Goodness, even a troll like Al has a right to live ...and make stupid comments on this blog.

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