Do a quick run-through of the search engines. Beyond some perfunctory coverage on the day the Gosnell story broke, there has been little attention paid, no follow-up by the mainstream media. This is an ugly story; it touches too many social shibboleths and indicts too many philosophies. The press wants Kermit Gosnell and his scissors to go away, and to that end they are simply not talking about him.
So, allow me to ask the impolitic question I have hinted at elsewhere: in choosing to look away, in choosing to under-report, in choosing to spin, minimize, excuse, and move-along when it comes to Kermit Gosnell—and to this whole subject of under-regulated abortion clinics, the debasement of women and the slaughter of living children—how are the press and those they protect by their silence any better than the Catholic bishops who, in decades past, looked away, under-reported, spun, minimized, excused, moved-along, and protected the repulsive predator-priests who have stolen innocence and roiled the community of faith?
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
The Anchoress Brings the Shame Hammer Down
The Anchoress -- the blog name of Elizabeth Scalia at First Things -- has an absolutely essential post up about the media's shameless neglect of the obvious follow-up stories they might do in the aftermath of the discovery of the "baby charnel-house" (a quote from the Grand Jury's report) run by the abortion "Dr." Kermit Gosnell in Philadelphia. Here's the money quote, but, as they say, read it all: