WASHINGTON, D.C., April 18, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In a sternly worded letter, 72 congressman have accused the three leading mainstream media networks – ABC, NBC, and CBS – of “blatant media bias” for failing to cover two of the biggest abortion-related stories in recent years: the trial of “House of Horrors” abortionist Kermit Gosnell, and remarks made by a Planned Parenthood representative in support of infanticide.
“The broadcasters’ blackout of the Planned Parenthood infanticide lobbying scandal and the Gosnell ‘House of Horrors’ murder trial are the biggest and most politically-motivated media cover-ups in our nation’s history,” said Rep. Marsha Blackburn, who led the group of 72 legislators.
The trial of Kermit Gosnell, who stands accused of murdering seven newborn infants by snipping their spinal cords, has been ongoing since the middle of last month. Testimony has featured former staff and victims presenting gruesome details about conditions inside Gosnell's “House of Horrors” clinic.
Until Friday, however, when pro-life activists took to Twitter en masse and sent hundreds of thousands of Gosnell-related tweets, most major media outlets had completely ignored the trial. Even following Friday's “Tweetfest,” media coverage remains spotty.
The media similarly ignored shocking remarks made by Planned Parenthood lobbyist Alisa LaPolt Snow at the end of March, when she testified against a bill in Florida that would require abortion providers to provide care to babies born alive after failed abortions.
LaPolt Snow was asked by Rep. Jim Boyd what Planned Parenthood would do “if a baby is born on a table as a result of a botched abortion.”
She replied simply: “We believe that any decision that’s made should be left up to the woman, her family, and the physician.”
“Censorship and media bias allows the corrupt abortion industry to profit at the expense of innocent women and children,” said Rep. Blackburn. “The mainstream media has a responsibility to report the truth, not turn a blind eye to the biggest civil rights issue of our time.”
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Rep. Steve Scalise agreed. “If someone went into a hospital and shot seven babies and a mother with an AK-47, the media coverage surrounding the trial would rival a natural disaster,” he said. “Yet seven babies and a mother are dead at the hands of an abortion doctor using a scalpel, and the mainstream media’s silence on this story is deafening. By failing to cover this story and turning their backs on the culture of abortion in this country, the media has failed in their duty to provide unbiased coverage of this horrific tragedy.”
In their letter to the three networks, the 72 congressman said that they see “no excuse” for the failure to cover the two stories, other than “blatant media bias.”
“We welcome your response to tell us that this is not so,” they said, “that you can explain why Planned Parenthood's public endorsement of the right to deny medical treatment to children who survive abortion is not of interest to the general public.
“Help us to understand how one of the most notorious cases in our nation's history of patient abuse of mothers and babies does not merit airtime on your programming,” they concluded.