70 Lawmakers Protest Media Blackout of Gosnell Trial

Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Congressman Steve Scalise (R-LA) were joined by 70 of their House colleagues in demanding that national broadcast news channels ABC, NBC, and CBS stop blacking out coverage of high-profile abortion controversies such as the “House of Horrors” trial in Philadelphia and Planned Parenthood lobbying in support of infanticide.

200258564-001Lawmakers are protesting the blackout of the trial of Kermit Gosnell, the West Philadelphia abortionist who is facing capital murder charges in the death of one woman and seven babies who were born alive and then killed in his clinic which has been dubbed “The House of Horrors.”

Another story the mainstream media refused to cover concerned a Planned Parenthood representative who testified in Florida a few weeks ago 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 Blackburn in a press release.

“Censorship and media bias allows the corrupt abortion industry to profit at the expense of innocent women and children. The mainstream media has a responsibility to report the truth, not turn a blind eye to the biggest civil rights issue of our time.”

Her colleague, Rep. Scalise, agrees.

“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,” Scalise 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 the letter, which was sent to ABC, CBS, and NBC, the lawmakers say that surely the Gosnell story, and the story about the Planned Parenthood lobbyist  met the threshold criteria for a national news segment.

“Yet, despite this obvious fact, coverage of these stories has eluded your news divisions. “Our modern world offers no shortage of calamities and crimes to occupy the time of writers, video editors, and announces. Nonetheless, we see no excuse for your failure to report these stories other than blatant media bias,” they wrote, adding that the networks have “betrayed” their viewers and undermined their “credibility in the public square.”

The letter continues: “Health care and the protection of the weakest members of society are subjects of high priority for any civilized society. As Americans assess these cases, the condition of our culture, and the utility of our laws, they depend on you.

“Additionally public officials and lawmakers rely upon an unprejudiced press to follow the truth and report the news, good and bad, for all to see and evaluate appropriately. For these reasons, we urge you and your colleagues to take seriously our concerns.”

The congressmen ended the letter by saying that they would welcome a response and an explanation as to why these stories do not merit airtime on these networks.

Click here to read the letter which was sent to ABC, CBS and NBC.

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