Still only 12–15 reporters at Gosnell trial

Still only 12–15 reporters at Gosnell trial

When it comes to the trial of abortionist doctor Kermit Gosnell, the media play a “now you see me, now you don’t” game.

Earlier this week, reports surfaced of big media names rushing in to finally cover the Gosnell case. Yet, besides the Media Research Center, an average of only 12 – 15 reporters appeared in the courtroom at a time on Wednesday, April 17. While a few outlets like The Washington Post have started covering the trial, there has been no sea change in the major media. CBS did one story on April 15 and NBC’s Savannah Guthrie asked Obama a question about Gosnell later in the week. That’s all.

The April 15 New York Times claimed “Online Furor Draws Press to Abortion Doctor’s Trial,” but that hasn’t been the case. A dozen reporters hardly represents the media attention typical for a high-profile case.  The media present on Wednesday hailed from both local and national news organizations, including: The News Journal, CBN, NBC, USA Today, The Philadelphia Inquirer and Reuters.

Among other crimes, Kermit Gosnell is on trial for the murder of seven babies plus a female patient at his Women’s Medical Center, an abortion clinic located in West Philadelphia.

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