Fast-forward to now (April 2013). A cause celebre among the conservative media is that the MSM is covering up this story. Um, how?
Well, don't you know that his trial is going on right now and the MSM isn't covering it? No, I didn't know that. I know that the Jody Arias trial is going on. She used to be a stunning blonde, but now she has dark straight hair, glasses, a mousy look, a terrible memory, and multiple versions of how her lover ended up dead. That's what I know about.
I suppose this shows that the MSM could transfer a fair amount of resources to covering other more important issues, such as Dr. Gosnell's trial, but that doesn't make it a cover-up.
The accusation of cover-up started with one reporter: Kirsten Powers of Fox News writing in USA Today on April 11. Then the chorus from like-minded conservative media outlets snowballed. What they don't mention is that the conservative media was hardly reporting on the trial either. HotAir started its trial coverage on April 9, not when the trial started in March. Breitbart's coverage is somewhat better, with spotty coverage in March, but the real explosion beginning on April 12.
It looks to me like no media outlets were covering the trial very well until Kirsten Powers cided the MSM, and just the MSM. No bias there.
She definitely had a good point. The trial deserves a lot of coverage, and it's now guaranteed to get it.
With the increased coverage comes an orgy of recriminations about who is responsible. Those being blamed include:
- Dr. Gosnell
- The staff at the clinic
- The radical pro-abortionists
- The Democratic elite
- The Pennsylvania Health Department
- The pro-abortion establishment leaning on the PA Health Department not to do inspections
- The PA governors who were afraid of the pro-abortion establishment, or maybe swing voter backlash
- The pro-life activists who demonstrated outside Gosnell's clinic but completely ineffective in finding out the women's stories or in shutting the clinic down
- The media for not covering stories that hurt the pro-abortion side
- The Hyde amendment for not providing free, early abortions for poor women
The report from the grand jury that indicted Gosnell is very readable and fascinating. A few observations:
- Gosnell's staff contained mostly poor, under-educated local women, but there were also a few opportunists who should have known better. Among the staff was a 15-year-old high school girl. Within a few months, she was in charge of drug administration on many shifts.
- Gosnell worked one day a week at another abortion clinic. Also, one of his staffers was recommended by a Louisiana clinic owner. This makes me suspect there are other clinics out there that are in the same class as Gosnell's clinic.
- However, not all clinics are like this. Another former worker, who had reported Gosnell's clinic to health authorities, said she had worked at seven different abortion clinics and "she has never experienced an illegally run, unsanitary, and unethical facility such as the Women’s Medical Society operated by Dr. Gosnell" (p. 52).
Postscript. This isn't anywhere near full coverage of the complex topic of abortion. If there's a lot of interest, I'll set up some open threads.