Conor Friedersdorf

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.”

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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.

The Abortion story that the MSM won’t cover [GRAPHIC IMAGES]

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Abortion…or terminations in polite speak is a topic many dare not write about. For men to write about it we get attacked for all sorts of reasons. For women it is doubly hard. If they go too soft the hard-core feminists attack, too hard and they risk being labeled as such.

No one is prepared to have a grown up debate about abortion in the same way that we can’t have a grown up debate about same-sex marriage. The whole topic is as divisive as it is awful.

At one level I can see how abortion can be justified and I can understand it. I admit I struggle with the concept of killing a child. But I also struggle with the concept that the moment conception occurs that by the definition of the pro-life lobby that immediate it is a sentient, living being.

Science being the way that it is the time frames for survivable early birth is shortening ever more. We are getting close to over lap between legal abortion and survivability.

Personally I have a number of friends who have had terminations. They each have their own story, they each are beautiful loving people who had a choice to make. Thankfully it has never been a choice I have ever had to make. I’m not sure I could do it.

This story that the mainstream media refuse to cover though is not about them, and not about legal abortion in New Zealand, it is about late-term abortion in the United States and one doctor in particular who has been indicted for truly awful crimes. It does bring into serious question the ethics of late-term abortions. But in a society, even in New Zealand where we tolerate the killing of children even after they are born at the hands of dead beat parents is it something that we can ignore.

Conor Friedersdorf at The Atlantic has covered in grisly detail the case of  Dr. Kermit Gosnell. He asks why the media won’t cover the story when;

The grand jury report in the case of Kermit Gosnell, 72, is among the most horrifying I’ve read. “This case is about a doctor who killed babies and endangered women. What we mean is that he regularly and illegally delivered live, viable babies in the third trimester of pregnancy – and then murdered these newborns by severing their spinal cords with scissors,” it states. “The medical practice by which he carried out this business was a filthy fraud in which he overdosed his patients with dangerous drugs, spread venereal disease among them with infected instruments, perforated their wombs and bowels – and, on at least two occasions, caused their deaths.”

He states at the end of his article and ask a very pertinent question;

[T]his story has numerous elements any one of which would normally make it a major story. And setting aside conventions, which are flawed, this ought to be a big story on the merits.

The news value is undeniable.

Why isn’t it being covered more? I’ve got my theories. But rather than offer them at the end of an already lengthy item, I’d like to survey some of the editors and writers making coverage decisions.

Andrew Sullivan too asks why?

What this story is about is horrifying brutality, extreme incompetence, mass murder of innocents, and a complete, consistent and continuous failure of government oversight. That the details may have been buried by a free press because of squeamishness about portraying abortion in a bad light is worrying, to say the least.

The MSM haven’t dared touch this murder “abortion” story because it is truly sickening and for once, truly outrageous.  They have been running a sanitised version.  It once again up to the blogs to expose the true nature of the story.  But be warned, this is upsetting at a number of levels.  Proceed with caution.  (The rest of the story, including graphic images, over the break).  Read more »

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.

Why it is important to be accurate as a pundit

The US elections taught me a great deal…they taught me to look at the math, and to remove emotion from punditry…unfortunately many, many pundits in the US failed to learn that lesson and now they are being treated to ratings downgrades not unlike the so-called fiscal cliff.

You can still show bias…but you should call things as they are despite your bias…calling things as they are doesn’t make you a traitor to your cause. It makes you honest.

In the case of Hannity and a few others, the cliff and the fall off of the top after they called the election so wrong is real:

In a fitting coda to 2012, we’ve learned that the ratings for rock-ribbed conservative Sean Hannity cratered after Barack Obama won his second term, with viewers tuning out the Fox News Channel talk-show host in droves.

According to Nielsen numbers, Hannity lost around half of his audience in the weeks after the election, while his Fox News colleague Bill O’Reilly — who steadfastly refuses to identify himself politically as a conservative — retained around 70% of his audience.

So what happened to Hannity?

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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.