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Conservatives Demand Networks End 'Cover Up' of Gosnell Trial

Twenty conservative leaders have joined with Brent Bozell to demand that network news outlets devote some coverage to Kermit Gosnell's trial.

Thursday, the Media Research Center posted a letter on its website blasting ABC, CBS and NBC for failing to cover the Gosnell trial. The letter was signed by a number of prominent social conservatives including Gary Bauer, David Bossie and Tony Perkins.

MRC notes that "Since the Gosnell trial began three weeks ago, ABC, CBS, and NBC have given the story ZERO seconds of coverage on either their morning or evening news shows." That complete blackout of news coverage extends back to 2011 when CBS alone covered his arrest.

The letter also references recent comments by a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood of Florida in which she seemed to suggest infanticide of the kind Gosnell is now on trial for should be a viable option when an abortion ends in a live birth.

The complete letter appears below. The full list of signatories can be found on MRC's site.

The Kermit Gosnell case, in which his abortion clinic has been described as a ‘House of Horrors,’ could have been plucked from the fever dream of Hollywood’s most depraved slasher film writer, and yet ABC, CBS, and NBC have completely censored it out of the news. The Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates’ on-the-record position in support of murdering living children is staggering in its radicalism, and yet ABC, CBS, and NBC have completely censored it out of the news.

But the new pro-life laws in North Dakota and Arkansas? They draw a critical eye from the broadcast networks.

The horrific excesses of the abortion industry – exemplified by Gosnell and Planned Parenthood – are major, national news stories any way you look at them. But the pro-abortion liberal media are determined to hide them from the public. The media have a solemn duty to the American people to report the news, not just news that helps the positions they support. It’s unprofessional, it’s disgusting, and it’s inhuman.

If the pro-life movement were involved in this type of insanity, there would be wall-to-wall coverage from every major news outlet. This cover-up is a national disgrace.


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