Rep. Smith Asks Media: 'Why the Censorship' of Abortionist's 'Jeffrey Dahmer-Like Murder Trial'?

Patrick Burke | April 12, 2013 | 3:36pm EDT
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Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) ( photo/Penny Starr)

( -- Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) called out the national news media for their nearly non-existent coverage of the ongoing and gruesome trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell in Philadelphia, who is accused of cutting the spinal cords of babies who survived abortions, the death of a mother, and a variety of related charges.

"Why the censorship?" Smith asked in a speech delivered on the House floor on Thursday.

“Now, another national media cover up!" said Smith. "In this case, even when a Jeffrey Dahmer-like murder trial of an abortionist named Kermit Gosnell, who ran the benign-sounding Women’s Medical [Society,] unfolds in a Philadelphia courtroom replete with shocking testimony of beheadings, unfathomable abuse, death, and body parts in jars.”

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“To this day, the national news media remains uninterested, woefully indifferent—AWOL. Why the censorship? Why Gosnell’s ‘house of horrors,’ his trial fails to this day to attract any serious and meaningful national news reporting?” he said.

Smith cited a letter by Media Research Center President Brent Bozell that was signed by 23 other conservative leaders, and which demands more media coverage of the trial. (Disclosure:The Media Research Center is the parent organization of

“The horrific excesses of the abortion industry--exemplified by Gosnell and Planned Parenthood – are major, national news stories any way you look at them,” the letter states.

“But the pro-abortion liberal media are determined to hide them from the public,” reads the letter.  “The media have a solemn duty to the American people to report the news, not just news that helps the positions they support. It’s unprofessional, it’s disgusting, and it’s inhuman.”

On Thursday, Fox News’ “Special Report with Bret Baier” ran a segment in which Baier reported that NBC, MSNBC, ABC and CBS have done zero stories on the Gosnell trial. The exception was CNN, which did one story.

Dr. Kermit Gosnell is standing trial for first degree murder of seven babies who were born alive and then killed, and with the third-degree murder of a pregnant woman named Karnamaya Mongar, 41.

Later in his remarks, Smith discussed the Grand Jury report that says Gosnell called the killing of babies “ensuring fetal demise,” and details how he and other clinic workers would stick scissors in the back of the babies’ necks to cut their spinal cords.

Smith continued, “In the words of the Grand Jury report: ‘Gosnell had a simple solution for unwanted babies: he killed them.  He didn’t call it that.  He called it ‘ensuring fetal demise,’ nice euphemism.”

“The way he ensured fetal demise was by sticking scissors in the back of the baby’s neck and cutting the spinal cord,” said Smith.  “He called that ‘snipping.’  Over the years, according to the Grand Jury report, there were hundreds of ‘snippings.’” reported on Mar. 20 that according to testimony of a co-worker before a Grand Jury, Gosnell apparently joked while murdering babies, “This baby is big enough to walk around with me or walk me to the bus stop.”

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