Dr Kermit Gosnell – a New Zealand media perspective

After highlighting the Dr Kermit Gosnell trial, and the strange situation where this most outrageous of trials was effectively being ignored by the media, one of our readers, LesleyNZ created a little project for herself:  She wanted to see if the NZ media would pick up the story now that it was being highlighted here and other widely read blogs world-wide.

Cam – Follow up to media black out of the Dr Kermit Gosnell trial. I have been doing a bit of research this morning to see whether our mainstream media have picked up on the US Dr Kermit Gosnell trial after your blog post the other day. Interesting results. Very little to none in NZ apart from your Whaleoil Blog. There is still a media blackout in NZ.

This is the latest about the US media blackout. Seems CNN has taken notice:

Look who’s discovered the Gosnell story – http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/look-whos-discovered-the-gosnell-story

CNN’s Anderson Cooper is only one of several mainstream media figures who have responded to Friday’s “Tweetfest” by covering the Gosnell story.”

NZ Media coverage of US abortionist Dr Kermit Gosnell’s trial:

NZ Herald – March 19th & 20th 2013 but no more updates. There is an external Google ad to a link with info about Dr Kermit Gosnell.


Stuff –   no coverage on the present trial – last media coverage was on Jan 20th 2011- there is an external Google ad to a link with info about Dr Kermit Gosnell. (Stuff have a very long search address!)



3 News –  no coverage on the present trial – last media coverage was on Jan 20, 2011



One News – nothing http://tvnz.co.nz/search/?q=Gosnell&sort=date:D:S:d1


Prime News –

Searching….. http://www.primetv.co.nz/Default.aspx?alias=www.primetv.co.nz/news


Search result ….. nothing but Prime TV programmes  http://www.primetv.co.nz/default.aspx?tabid=37&search=Dr Kermit Gosnell&start=0



Sky TV News – nothing on Google – not even able to do a search on the Sky News website (Sky News NZ is same as Sky News Australia).http://www.skynews.com.au/home/

NewstalkZB – nothing but there is an external Google ad to a link with info about Dr Kermit Gosnell.



Radiolive – nothing – there is an external Google ad to a link with info about Dr Kermit Gosnell.



Radio New Zealand – nothing http://www.radionz.co.nz/search/results?utf8=%E2%9C%93&q=Dr+Kermit+Gosnell


Kiwiblog – nothing



Whaleoil Blog – Thumbs up! and there is an external Google ad to a link with info about Dr Kermit Gosnell.




That’s some work there Lesley, thanks.

The question remains:  Why is it that the media, both here and worldwide, refuse to touch this story?

In fact my post highlighting this genuinely outrageous story went pretty much ignored by our own commenters as well.


Is murdering babies just too much for us to handle?  Cannibal cops are ok?  Rapists are fine?  But somehow we can’t stand to think or talk about a man who has been in the business of killing 3rd term babies under the tenuous label of “abortion”?

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.