On a recent night I sat eating my dinner in a hotel restaurant, able to see the big screen television above the bar. Although I could not hear any sound, I could see that it was tuned to CNN, and Nancy Grace had a panel of ‘experts’ I didn’t recognize dissecting every moment of that day’s session of the Jodi Arias trial. The trial, which has taken on a similar circus like atmosphere as the Casey Anthony trial, centers on the death of Travis Alexander and the subsequent charges brought against Jodi Arias. Although most of America had never heard of either of these two people prior to the murder, the news media seems to be fixated on every small detail of the case.
Such media hype is not uncommon in this country. We have all suffered through the courtroom action of such notable celebrity trials of those of O.J. Simpson, Robert Blake, Michael Jackson (as well as his physician Conrad Murray), Casey Anthony, and Drew Peterson among others. When a case comes along involving someone with a little celebrity status or enough physical attractiveness to make them interesting to a sufficient number of viewers, it somehow becomes the most important news of the day until the ‘news’ media has exhausted every moment of coverage possible.
I wonder what would have happened if Kermit Gosnell had looked like George Clooney?
Given the lack of media coverage of his trial, some may not be familiar with the name Kermit Gosnell so let me fill you in. Dr. Kermit Gosnell is a Philadelphia abortionist who is accused of running an extremely unsanitary abortion factory staffed by unqualified personnel. According to witnesses, the procedure for performing illegal late term abortions was often to give the women labor inducing drugs and then position them on a toilet to deliver. After delivery, the live baby was fished out of the water (to prevent clogging the plumbing), and then the baby’s spine was snipped with a pair of scissors to end its life. At least one staff member testified that he had done this over a hundred times.
Kermit Gosnell is not a particularly attractive man, nor has he any celebrity status. His patients, otherwise known as victims, were mostly young, poor black women or girls whose names have never been mentioned on Entertainment Tonight. We don’t know if any of his youngest victims would have looked like Barack Obama. Gosnell didn’t use an AR-15 to kill these children, he just used scissors.
Although the trial has finally gotten some media attention, the lack of coverage has gotten perhaps more air time than the trial itself. Perhaps I am wrong about the trial being ignored because of a lack of glamour; I suppose it is entirely possible that the media doesn’t want to cover it because they don’t want to bring negative attention to the abortion industry. To be honest, while both factors are probably involved, the latter is most likely the driving force.
Let’s assume, just for the sake of discussion, that the left held the abortion industry in the same level of contempt as they do the gun industry. By now coverage of the trial would be wall-to-wall, with after action reports coming at the end of each day to recap the day’s events and to speculate on the next moves by both the defense and the prosecution. We would have seen leaked photos of the jars containing the severed feet of the infants murdered at Gosnell’s butcher shop, kept like trophies, and of the cat food containers used to store the remains of the dead babies.
Early on, probably before the trial had even begun, Gosnell would have been given a nickname intended to bestow upon him the necessary amount of celebrity to attract viewers. ‘Kermit Scissorhands’ might be a likely choice. Likewise, the abortion industry would have been renamed “Big Scissors” or something equally appropriate. Wolf Blitzer would be manning The Situation Room around the clock, telling us all, in his most grim sounding voice, every time Gosnell was moved from his cell to the exercise yard. A small inset would be visible at the top right hand corner of the screen of his every move while in the exercise facility. Fitness experts would, of course, be brought in to discuss the nature of the exercises Gosnell engaged in, and how those exercises likely affected his ability to operate a pair of surgical scissors. Hollywood would be up in arms no doubt. Within hours of this story breaking, some actress and her boyfriend of the week would speak out about the greed of a clinic that reportedly took in more than $10-15,000 per night.
Naturally, the politicians would be out in force getting face time on the subject. A bazillion page long bill would be fast tracked through the Congress that had little or nothing to do with the actual crimes committed, and Nancy Pelosi would be there to assure us that we had to pass the bill to know what was in it. Joe Biden would make the rounds of the Sunday news shows to denounce the practice of abortion and to assure us that the President was going to take action as soon as his golf outing was over. The President would immediately go on The View and remark on how stupidly Gosnell acted, and lament that some of the patients at the clinic looked like his daughters. He would angrily demand that the GOP stop obstructing legislation that would save the lives of thousands of children.
We know, of course, that none of this is ever going to happen. The abortion industry is the darling of the left, and therefore of the news media. While the grisly nature of Gosnell’s practice has moved a few of them to speak out, the most dedicated of them are unimpressed. One such dedicated supporter of the baby killing industry is President Obama who, while the trial was still underway, became the first sitting president to address Planned Parenthood. In his speech, Obama denounced those of us who are opposed to the slaughter of innocent children, and promised his unending support for the practice. He then closed his address with the words “God bless you”.
None of this should come as any surprise. As many of us observed during the 2008 election, Barack Obama supports Gosnell’s abortion methods. As an Illinois State Senator, he on several occasions voted against legislation that would have specifically prohibited abortionists from killing babies that had been born alive during an abortion procedure. Others appear to support Gosnell’s tactics as well. Sen. Barbara Boxer of California has stated that she believes life begins when you take your baby home from the hospital, apparently allowing for an ‘abortion’ to be carried out up until that that transition takes place. In a committee hearing of the Florida State Legislature, a lobbyist for Planned Parenthood argued for the right of a mother and her physician to carry-out a ‘post-birth abortion’ if a baby was delivered alive during the abortion procedure.
One can see how a highly publicized debate on this issue could be problematic for the proponents of the abortion industry. As people become more aware of just what a “late-term abortion” really is, they might begin to question why it is legal to deliver a child to the point that the baby’s head is all that remains in the birth canal and then kill it, but it is not legal to allow the child to fully exit the mother’s body and then kill it. Such questions might lead people to think. We can’t have that now, can we?
No, we can’t think about the atrocities that happen in our country every day for the sake of preserving a woman’s right to not, as our president put it, be punished with a baby. That is why Gosnell is referred to in the press as an abortion provider rather than a mass murderer, and why no one is describing him as the most prolific child killer since Adolf Hitler.
Allow me to say what others aren’t so willing to say. Every time there is a mass killing in this country, the leftist media immediately rushes to find some connection with a conservative point of view, a talk radio show, or some right-wing organization in an effort to assign blame. Well, they have been strangely unwilling to do so in this case, most likely because they know this one is undeniably theirs.
Kermit Gosnell is one of them, a product of the abortion industry they helped create, and the wholehearted endorsement of legalized infanticide that has poisoned our society by their hand.