By Scott Whitlock | April 29, 2013 | 11:22
Forty two days ago, on March 18, 2013, abortionist Kermit Gosnell went on trial, charged with the grisly murder of multiple babies and a patient. Yet, in the seven weeks that followed, ABC News has permitted no coverage, discussion or mention of the case, not even a single utterance of Dr. Gosnell’s name.
But that’s not due to lack of interest in shocking criminal cases. Over the same 42 days, the Media Research Center found that ABC’s Good Morning America has aired 41 stories — about one per day — on other sensational criminal cases, including the Amanda Knox re-trial and the Jodi Arias case, totaling 109 minutes of coverage.
So it would seem that ABC doesn’t have a problem delivering the gruesome details of murder cases to morning show viewers, suggesting that the networks’ blackout of the Gosnell case has more to do with the negative light it shines on the abortion industry.
Over six weeks of weekday and weekend coverage, GMA featured the Arias case 22 times. Arias is accused of stabbing and slitting the throat of Travis Alexander, her ex-boyfriend. Clearly, the producers and hosts of the morning show aren’t worried about discussing stomach-churning details. The Associated Press recounted the graphic accusations against Gosnell, including testimony by some of the abortion clinic’s workers that they “‘snipped’ babies’ necks after they were born alive to make sure they died.”
By Kyle Drennen| July 24, 2012 | 13:34
In an article for NBCNews.com’s First Read on Monday, Domenico Montanaro eagerly proclaimed to readers: “Mitt Romney has criticized President Obama for his ‘you didn’t build that’ line, when it came to businesses….But in 2002, during his speech at the Opening Ceremonies at the Winter Olympics….Romney made a similar argument about Olympians.”
Romney simply told the Olympic athletes – many in their teens and twenties – that they achieved their individual success with help of parents, coaches, and their local communities. However, by Monday night, The Washington Post’s Ezra Klein, filling in for MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, wildly misconstrued the comment to slam Romney: “Got that, Olympians? You didn’t build it….It’s like David Axelrod went back in time and put the precise words he needed into Mitt Romney’s mouth.”
An update to the First Read article added: “A Republican strategist sends over this response: ‘The Obama Campaign is comparing the government to a loving parent? What happened to Julia?’” Montanaro felt compelled to clarify: “For the record, the post did not originate with the Obama campaign but an NBC archive search.” Based on Klein’s reaction to the Romney hit piece, is there any difference between NBC News and the Obama campaign?
Accused Penn State pedophile Jerry Sandusky came off a lot creepier in that exclusive sitdown with NBC last November than anyone knew, but the Peacock Network oddly chose not to air what sounds a lot like an admission of guilt — and now prosecutors want the whole transcript.
“I didn’t go around seeking out every young person for sexual needs that I’ve helped,” Sandusky told Costas in footage that never made the November airing.
“I didn’t go around seeking out every young person for sexual needs that I’ve helped.”
- Jerry Sandusky, in unaired portion of NBC interview FoxNews Video
The disturbing answer first came to light when NBC’s “Today” show aired previously unseen transcripts last Tuesday. That prompted prosecutors from the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office to contact NBC lawyers on Friday to request that the network turn over and authenticate the entire transcript from the interview that was used to tape the segment that aired on the news program, “Rock Center with Brian Williams.”
The unaired segment includes a back-and-forth between Costas and Sandusky about his work with young people through his charity for troubled kids, the Second Mile.
By Brad Wilmouth | June 12, 2012
Uniquely among the broadcast network evening newscasts, on Tuesday’s NBC Nightly News, anchor Brian Williams noted that today is the 25th anniversary of President Reagan calling on Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev to demolish the Berlin Wall, as Reagan stood in Berlin on June 12, 1987, and delivered his famous “Tear down this wall” speech. Williams read the brief item.
Hard to believe it’s been 25 years, but it was one of the signature moments of the Reagan presidency in the waning months of the Cold War with the old Eastern Block. June 12, 1987, when Ronald Reagan stood in Berlin and said, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.” It eventually did come down just over two years later.