Media Malfeasance

Steve Deace
By Steve Deace | April 16, 2013 | 5:24 PM EDT

Suppose there was a mass child killer discovered by local authorities in your home town. Imagine your local media was talking in great detail about all the grisly tactics he used to dispatch his many victims.

And then imagine the national media ignored this horror story in your home town so it could cover genocide in Guatemala, a nationally insignificant college basketball coach with a losing record using "gay slurs" in practice, or that a newlywed bride is allergic to her husband's sperm.

You would probably be appalled. But, that's exactly what had been happening for months, until enough of us raised enough of a stink last week to compel the mainstream media to do its job.

In Philadelphia, one of the 10 largest cities in America, the gruesome trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell continues. But you wouldn't know it if you were following the national media. On top of the multitude of children Gosnell killed before they were born at his abortuary, Gosnell is currently on trial for killing seven children who were born alive during various botched procedures at his "clinic." Eight of Gosnell's employees have already pleaded guilty to various charges as his accomplices.

But the national media was silent until we spoke up.

Sworn testimony in open court, in one of the largest cities in America, included witnesses describing how Gosnell severed the spinal cords of born alive children with "plunging scissors" to kill them.

But the national media was silent until we spoke up.

Sworn testimony in open court, in one of the largest cities in America, included witnesses describing one baby born alive as "making this screeching noise" that made it sound "like a little alien" right before Gosnell killed the 18-to-24 inch newborn.

But the national media was silent until we spoke up.

Except for this column by a guest contributor, even Fox News had barely touched the story until we spoke up. ABC, CBS, and NBC hadn't spent a single second on the Gosnell mass murder trial until we spoke up, but they did spend almost 42 minutes telling us about a former Rutgers men's basketball coach and his politically incorrect motivational techniques. CNN had previously done just one story on it this year until we spoke up. The New York Times never covered it until we spoke up. The Washington Post last wrote about it one year ago, ignoring the ongoing trial completely until we spoke up.

On one hand, it is encouraging that, despite the downward spiral of the culture, we are still capable of claiming the moral high ground and getting the truth out there when we're effective and consistent in communicating it. It shows our problem isn't our beliefs but rather the cowards and fools within the Republican Party we have entrusted them to.

Nonetheless, the lack of coverage was both evil and inexcusable.

The national media is so in the tank to protect the child-killing industry, they won't even report on the suspected murder of children at abortion clinics that are born alive. For that matter, they won't even report on the killing of a grown woman at Gosnell's clinic. A 41-year old refugee allegedly died at Gosnell's clinic after he gave her a lethal dose of pain killers and anesthesia. So, apparently immigrants are only useful to report on when they give us an excuse to plea for more big government.

The fact the mainstream media didn't do its job until we spoke up doesn't absolve them if you ask me, but further indicts them. This is not just media bias but media malfeasance.

The silence was deafening and wicked. Remember this the next time these charlatans wring their hands that we must shred the Second Amendment in order to protect children from school shootings, for if they really cared about children they would've covered the house of horrors that was Gosnell's clinic before we spoke up. Until recently they provided no voice for all those babies Gosnell killed-born or unborn.

Thomas Jefferson once said, "I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just and that His justice cannot sleep forever."

Those who turned a blind eye to the carnage of the innocent may think they're getting away with it, or that they determine for themselves what justice is. One day they will learn a very harsh lesson that is not the case. They are not their own judge, but a righteous judge who is the author of all life has promised to avenge the innocent blood we have spilled and not spoken up for.

In the meantime, those of us that know better should do our best to hold them accountable, but also to pray that the scales would fall from their eyes before it's too late. Otherwise, what judgment awaits them in eternity is far worse than anything even a heinous villain like Gosnell could conjure up.

See more "Right Views, Right Now."