Skip to comments.72 Members of Congress Demand Media Coverage of Gosnell Trial
Posted on 04/18/2013 12:03:13 PM PDT by Morgana
Some 72 members of Congress have signed on to a letter demanding that the mainstream media provide coverage of the murder trial of abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell.
Reps. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Steve Scalise (R-LA) were joined by 70 of their House colleagues late Wednesday demanding national broadcast news channels ABC, NBC, and CBS stop blacking out coverage on high-profile abortion controversies.
Their letters specifically reference two instances where the media has covered up the story of Planned Parenthood lobbying in support of infanticide in the Florida State Legislature and in the ongoing murder trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell in Philadelphia. By many accounts, the Gosnell murder trial has become one of the most notorious cases of patient abuse of mothers and children in our nations history, they said.
The broadcasters blackout of the Planned Parenthood infanticide lobbying scandal and the Gosnell House of Horrors murder trial are the biggest and most politically-motivated media cover-ups in our nations history, said Blackburn. Censorship and media bias allows the corrupt abortion industry to profit at the expense of innocent women and children. The mainstream media has a responsibility to report the truth, not turn a blind eye to the biggest civil rights issue of our time.
If someone went into a hospital and shot seven babies and a mother with an AK-47, the media coverage surrounding the trial would rival a natural disaster, Scalise said. Yet seven babies and a mother are dead at the hands of an abortion doctor using a scalpel, and the mainstream medias silence on this story is deafening. By failing to cover this story and turning their backs on the culture of abortion in this country, the media has failed in their duty to provide unbiased coverage of this horrific tragedy.
Rep. Marsha Blackburn is Vice Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and a Founding Member of the Republican Womens Policy Committee. Congressman Steve Scalise is a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee and serves as the Chairman of the House Republican Study Committee.
Here are links to the full text of the letters to ABC, CBS, and NBC.
While I agree with the Representatives, it is not the job of the government to tell the media what to do.
Obviously, these Members of Congress are correct that the story deserves more attention than the MSM has given it. But, I think it’s a bit unseemly for Members of Congress to write to private businesses, on official Congressional letterhed no less, to tell them how they should or should not run their business.
I know Yahoo has stories all the time. Not sure of anyone else.
Its not just the Gosnell trial. The MSM is failing at its prime job of asking questions to those in power and demanding accountability. For instance if George Bush after an unscheduled meeting a high Saudi official rapidly deported the Saudi fellow who just happened to be at the Boston bomb site, actually was burned,and comes from a prominent terrorist linked Saudi family, there would be no end to the questions. Its a cliche to say that the MSM protects Obama and shrills for the Democrat Party, but real harm is being done to the country.
~~ Brian Williams, NBC Nightly News Anchor
Brian, appreciate all of your topnotch reporting on the abortion murderer. You're just so fair, informative and objective. /s
while I am totally in support of what the Reps are trying to do-I think it wouldn’t be a good move for them to demand of a private corp. to show the trial. We have enough here with Nazi Nanny Bloomberg trying to tells businesses what size soft they can sell. Where are the “people” on this one. We have to do the demanding, not the Reps. Hey, what—we had to watch the OJ trial years ago—and he only killed 2 people. Taking a slogan from the gay groups—we too have to be OUT (different kind of OUT) LOUD & PROUD
Like others already stated,
don’t like it.
There will not be any media coverage as long as mediabots are deathly afraid of the wrath of raging feminazis.
Are they telling them what to do, or calling them out for what they did?
I agree with them that the media should be covering the event.
My point is “telling what to do” to me implies some form of enforcement, like the threat of withholding federal funds, etc. They go there, I have a problem.
Their letter to the media is a request to comply or explain why they won’t. It is beneath them to do this, just as it was beneath the Senate to demand Rush Limbaugh be fired.
Oh, I didn’t read deep enough then...I see your point.
Do not these legislators know that the mainstream media only respond to the desires of their handlers? They are all working for the Democratic Socialist Party, and do not want to jeopardize their jobs.
Maybe their main intent and motive is not to tell the media what to do.....
but to shame the leftist media into doing their damned jobs (for a change)....and to shed public light upon the FACT that they are censuring the Gosnell Trial, much as they censure everything that might harm the leftist and Obama agenda. That is my guess.
And for that I support them 100%.
In February 2004, US Senate candidate Barack Obama's wife, Michelle, sent a fund-raising letter with the "alarming news" that "right-wing politicians" had passed a law stopping doctors from performing p/b abortions (stabbing half-born babies in the neck with scissors, suctioning out their brains and crushing their skulls).
Michelle Obama considers partial-birth abortion "a legitimate medical procedure," and asked supporters for $150 to attend a luncheon for her candidate husband, b/c he would fight against "cynical ploys" to stop p/b sbortions.
(NOTE: nurses at an Illinois hospital in 1999 discovered babies were being aborted alive and placed on shelves in soiled utility rooms to die unattended.)
BACKGROUND Legislation was presented on the federal level and in various states called the Born Alive Infants Protection Act. It stated all live-born babies were guaranteed the same constitutional right to equal protection, whether or not they were wanted.
BAIPA sailed through the U.S. Senate by unanimous vote. Even Sens. Clinton, Kennedy and Kerry agreed a mother's right to "choose" stopped at her baby's delivery. The bill also passed overwhelmingly in the US House.
NARAL went neutral on it. Abortion enthusiasts publicly agreed that fighting BAIPA would appear extreme. President Bush signed BAIPA into law in 2002.
But in Illinois, the state version of BAIPA repeatedly failed, thanks in large part to then-state Sen. Barack Obama. It only passed in 2005, after Obama left. Obama articulately asserted that legislation protecting live aborted babies might infringe on women's rights or abortionists' rights.
In 2003, as chairman of the next state Senate committee to which BAIPA was sent, Obama stopped it from even getting a hearing, shelving it to die much like babies were still being shelved to die in Illinois hospitals and abortion chambers.
(NOTE As chair of that same committee, state Sen Obama once abruptly ended a hearing early, right before the parents of six children killed as a result of Illinois' drivers licenses-for-bribes scandal, were to testify in favor of Choose Life license plate legislation. Obama stalled. He later killed the bill when no one was around.)
Subpeona some abortion providers and have a hearing on medical procedures and safety, if you have some b@lls . . .
If they were private citizens, or did not use government letterhead, I would agree 100%. But using official government letterhead exceeds their limitations as Reps.
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