Captain Obvious Award Winner:
Since late last week, a consensus has emerged: The national media has in large part ignored the trial of 72-year-old abortion provider Kermit Gosnell. Much less agreement, however, hovers over the question of why. Cameras aren’t allowed in the Gosnell courtroom, goes one theory. The details of the proceedings are too grisly for family-oriented media outlets, goes another prominent theory. Lefty media bias, goes yet another.
In a HuffPost Live segment today on the issue, host Marc Lamont Hill made clear where his theoretical thinking lay:
“For what it’s worth, I do think that those of us on the left have made a decision not to cover this trial because we worry that it’ll compromise abortion rights. Whether you agree with abortion or not, I do think there’s a direct connection between the media’s failure to cover this and our own political commitments on the left. I think it’s a bad idea, I think it’s dangerous, but I think that’s the way it is.”
Strong words from a host on a left-leaning outlet.
Now that the media has been shamed into covering the trial they are trying hard to spin it in their favor. “The conservative media didn’t cover it either!” goes one irrelevant argument. “Some feminist bloggers covered it!” goes another weak defense.
But the one that takes the cake is the argument that the pro-life movement is to blame for Gosnell’s atrocities.
I wonder how relieved the media is now that the Boston Marathon bombings gave them a chance to change the subject? (And another chance to bash the right.)