Gosnell

Kermit Gosnell is the kind of guy who gives abortionists a bad name, so you’re going to have a hard time finding coverage of his murder trial in the mainstream media.

But if you are trying to find out more about it–and mind you, if you look very long, you’re going to see something that makes you sick–here are a few links:

Justin Taylor posts a short documentary about Gosnell’s abortion clinic called 3801 Lancaster.

GetReligion wonders where the coverage is.

Anne Conlon comments on The Corner.

Charles Krauthammer sums up the politics of the situation:

Update: GetReligion continues to probe the media non-coverage of the Gosnell trial, and it is beyond absurd. Here’s a little bit from a post today:

Then I decided, since tmatt has me reading the Washington Post every day, to look at how the paper’s health policy reporter was covering Gosnell. I have critiqued many of her stories on the Susan G. Komen Foundation (she wrote quite a bit about that) and the Sandra Fluke controversy (she wrote quite a bit about that) and the Todd Akin controversy (you know where this is going). In fact, a site search for that reporter — who is named Sarah Kliff — and stories Akin and Fluke and Komen — yields more than 80 hits. Guess how many stories she’s done on this abortionist’s mass murder trial.

Did you guess zero? You’d be right.

So I asked her about it. Here’s her response:

Hi Molly – I cover policy for the Washington Post, not local crime, hence why I wrote about all the policy issues you mention.

Yes. She really, really, really said that. As Robert VerBruggen dryly responded:

Makes sense. Similarly, national gun-policy people do not cover local crime in places like Aurora or Newtown.

I know I beat this drum all the time, but I’m going to do it again: When you read these stories, remember that mainstream media bias like this is nothing new. They have always slanted coverage; they have always played up the stories they liked, and spiked the stories they didn’t like. It’s only now, because of the Internet and new media outlets like GetReligion, that we are finding out about it.