Saturday, January 22, 2011

Two fantastic posts on Gosnell and the Press

Question: Did the Rhetoric of the Abortion-Absolutist Left Encourage Kermitt Gosnell?:

I've asked this before. I'll ask it again.

Since we're talking about how absolutist, hard-edged rhetoric can encourage murder, and suggest to the infirm or ruthless that their evils are permissible and even laudatory: Was Kermitt Gosnell encouraged by a "climate of hate" regarding unwanted babies?

Seems like if the media wants to talk about rhetorical incitements to murder, they have a pretty good reason to do so here.

But that's a question they'll never ask; they're not even willing to restate the conclusions of the grand jury, which is that pro-abortion politics caused state officials to turn a blind eye to a horror in plain sight.

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Michelle Malkin is worth reading. She already noted the go-to meme:

Already, left-wing journalists and activists have rushed to explain that these abortion atrocities ignored for four decades by abortion radicals and rationalizers are not really about abortion. ....

But the grand jury itself pointed out that loosened oversight of abortion clinics enacted under pro-choice former GOP governor Tom Ridge enabled Gosnell’s criminal enterprise – and led to the heartless execution of hundreds of babies. Mass murder got a pass in the name of expanding “access” and appeasing abortion lobbyists. ....

Are you quite sure it's not about abortion? Because, if'n I have this all right, women sought abortions from an abortion mill and received them from an abortion doctor who performed abortions and is charged with 33 counts of illegal late-term abortions (in addition to other double-secret abortions which have been charged as murder) and the grand jury stated that abortion politics -- specifically pro-abortion politics -- caused the state medical and health bureaucracy to stop inspecting abortion clinics and not pursue complaints about negligence in conducting abortions because of their fear of how such scrutiny about abortions would play within the pro-abortion community.

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The Anchoress notes the power of The Narrative here, too:

It[']s funny how framing works. A massacre perpetrated by a deranged man is not about the deranged man; it’s about “rhetoric.” But a massacre perpetrated by an abortion provider whose violations against laws of the nation and of humanity were overlooked for years is “not about abortion.” It’s about criminal behavior, and that’s all. But some of our most prominent politicians have voted against the very bill — the “born alive” bill — that defines such behavior as criminal. Meaning, I guess, that if only enough politicians had voted with Sen. Barack Obama, Gosnell’s behavior would not be “criminal” at all, and therefore we wouldn’t even be talking about it?

A shooting isn't a shooting, it's about right-wing rhetoric, but a story about a gonzo abortion murderer aided and abetted by pro-abortion state officials turns out to not be a story about either abortion or murder or the high government officials the grand jury says aided and abetted the crimes, but about... access to quality health care for the poor.



  • Shocker: All Three Network Morning "News' Shows Embargo Gosnell Story; Time Gives Spin a Try; Abortion Should Be Safe, Legal, and Rarely Mentioned In a Negative Headline:

    They don't want you deriving the wrong conclusions from the facts so they'll just have to keep the facts from you, too.

    They have become rather open about being Stalinist in this fashion. They used to slant stories; now, when they realize a story would be too difficult to slant, they simply refuse to cover it at all.

    Time Is Game, Though: Hey, they cover the story not as politics and not as front-page material -- no way -- but as an aside in their "HealthLand" blog, as if this is a health issue and not, say, a grand jury's indictment of an entire liberal political establishment.

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    Her headline? She's game to slant it:

    Why the Pa. Abortion Doc's Case Is About Poverty, Not Roe v. Wade

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    Well, it is about poverty, too, but it is mostly, per the grand jury's report, about a political and medical culture which decided to not investigate why women kept showing up in other hospital's emergency rooms almost dead, and they made that decision -- again, per the grand jury report -- based upon pro-abortion politics and not wishing to give a storyline to the pro-life right.

    They figured a bunch of murders and a negligent death and several more near negligent deaths were a small price to pay for keeping abortion safe, legal, and rarely mentioned in a negative headline.

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    So here is, finally, a real story about mass-murder directly caused by the negligence and malice of high public officials, and of course the Motherfucking Media takes no interest.

  • 1 comment:

    Armored Saint said...

    If someone like Scott Roeder had shot this murderer, lamestream media would be all over it painting him as the poor put upon abortion hero who was the tragic victim of 'rhetoric.' I for one am going to keep the pressure on them to report on this.