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Video: Rush says, Media won’t cover Gosnell because it hurts “war on women” theme

Ben Johnson

WEST PALM BEACH, FL, April 19, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The media were reluctant to cover the murder trial of Philadephia abortionist Kermit Gosnell, because it would undermine the pro-abortion views of so many journalists, Rush Limbaugh said.

The talk show king mentioned the Gosnell case near the end of his first broadcast hour on Thursday.

The media are “just a political action committee for the Democrat Party,” he said. “Kermit Gosnell, anybody? Can't cover that. Covering the Gosnell trial might hurt our 'War on Women' theme”

“You've got an abortion doctor killing babies that survive abortions and butchering them. It's sickening, really sickening, squalid stuff,” he said Thursday. “Can't report that because there's only one narrative when it comes to abortion, that is, a woman's reproductive rights are under assault by the Republicans. That's it. If the story doesn't contain that element, it's not gonna get reported.”

“That is not news; that is the Democrat Party agenda,” he added. “They can deny it all day long, but that is what it is.”

Limbaugh, whose audience runs into the tens of millions, has mentioned the “house of horrors” trial for at least the previous two days.

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In similar remarks on Wednesday Rush said, “It's unspeakable what this guy was doing. But it doesn't fit the lone narrative that the Left has on abortion, and that narrative is [that] the only story on abortion is, 'There are Republicans who want to deny a woman's right to choose! There are Republicans who want to stop women's reproductive freedom!'”

“That's why the Gosnell piece wasn't covered until they were shamed, basically, by Kirsten Powers of Fox,” he stated on Wednesday. He added that media outlets like Salon hoped the Boston Marathon bomber was white, because it would further their efforts to paint evangelicals and pro-life activists as budding domestic terrorists.

Limbaugh was hardly alone in his assessment of reporters inexplicably chosing to look the other way about the Gosnell case. Left-wing media commentator and professor Marc Lamont Hill told The Huffington Post, “I do think that those of us on the Left have made a decision not to cover this trial, because we worry that it’ll compromise abortion rights.”

Some in the mainstream media admitted their lack of coverage stemmed from their political views. "I say we didn’t write more because the only abortion story most outlets ever cover in the news pages is every single threat or perceived threat to abortion rights,” wrote Melinda Henneberger of The Washington Post on Monday.

The left-wing website Media Matters picked up on another aspect of the story, charging that Limbaugh “smeared President Obama by linking him with Kermit Gosnell.” Limbaugh said Wednesday that Gosnell "was doing what State Senator Obama voted for back in Illinois. Gosnell was killing babies who survived abortions."

In fact, as a member of the Illinois state senate Obama voted against measures to assure behavior such as Gosnell's would be criminal.

Last February, Rush Limbaugh told his listeners that the president’s vote against the Illinois version of the Born Alive Infant Protection Act in 2001, 2002, and 2003 amounted to “the most shocking and underreported significant story I can ever remember.”

Mark Steyn guest hosted the program on Friday. Prosecutors ended their part of the Gosnell murder trial on Thursday.

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