Rep. Chris Smith: 'If Gosnell Had Shot Seven Infants with an AR-15, It Would Be National News'
Thanks to conservative new media, the Kermit Gosnell trial is finally part of the national dialog. But before the mainstream press got around to doing their job, ten congressmen took to the floor of the House to protest the lack of media attention being paid to the horrifying story. One such congressman, Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), contrasted the abortionist's trial to another ongoing narrative that the media covers obsessively: gun control. “If Dr. Gosnell had walked into a nursery and shot seven infants with an AR-15, it would be national news and the subject of presidential hand-wringing,” said Smith, a member of the House pro-life caucus.
LifeSiteNews reports that Smith accused the national media of almost uniformly discounting the trial of the abortionist who allegedly snipped the spinal cords of babies who were born alive during abortion procedures in his clinic. Smith referred to the media’s decision to ignore the trial as a deliberate “cover-up.”
"Will the decades-long major national news media cover-up of the brutality—and violence—of abortion methods ever end?" asked Smith. "Will Americans ever be told the horrifying details as to how—and how often—abortionists dismember, decapitate, and chemically poison innocent babies?"
Smith went on to ask, “Murdering newborns in the abortion clinic, it seems to me, is indistinguishable from any other child predator wielding a knife or a gun. Why isn’t that child seen as a patient in need of medical care, warmth, nutrition and dare I say—love?”
Testimony in the Gosnell trial, that has included descriptions of gruesome acts of beheadings, abuse, death, and body parts of babies in jars, has led to the abortionist’s clinic being labeled a “house of horrors.”
The grand jury report provided the following conclusion:
Gosnell had a simple solution for unwanted babies: he killed them. He didn’t call it that. He called it “ensuring fetal demise.” The way he ensured fetal demise was by sticking scissors in the back of the baby’s neck and cutting the spinal cord. He called that “snipping.” Over the years there were hundreds of “snippings.”
He quoted from editorial in Investors Business Daily entitled, “Newtown in the Clinic: Media ignore the Gosnell Trial,” which chastised a media “transfixed by Newtown” as well as “a basketball coach who shoves and curses at his players,” but provides no coverage of a Philadelphia abortionist on trial for murdering a woman and seven infants.
From the article:
Everybody has heard of Mike Rice, the disgraced former Rutgers basketball coach who was fired after video surfaced of him shoving, kicking and yelling at his players, throwing basketballs at them and — most damning — using "homophobic slurs."
According to the Media Research Center, in one week Rice received 41 minutes, 26 seconds of air time on ABC, CBS and NBC in 36 separate news stories. Gosnell received zero coverage.
Criticizing President Obama for exploiting the Newtown massacre to push a “de facto repeal of the Second Amendment,” on the grounds that if it could save one life it would be worth it, the editorial goes on to point out that, as a state senator, Obama twice voted against a bill entitled the “Born Alive Infant Protection Act.” That bill, IBD notes, "Defined a baby who 'breathes or has a beating heart, pulsation of the umbilical cord, or definite movement of the voluntary muscles, regardless of whether the umbilical cord has been cut' as a legal person entitled to the full protection of the law, regardless of the circumstances of its birth."
In addition to Smith, the following members of the House also took to the floor to protest the media blackout of the Gosnell trial:
Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA)
Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ) Rep. Roger Williams (R-TX)
Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA)
Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-PA) Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD)
Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN)
Thankfully, much of the mainstream media is now taking the Gosnell trial seriously. But if these infants were killed with a "military-style assault weapon" instead of a scissors, according to Congressman Smith, the mainstream media would have been there from the start.