Thursday, April 25, 2013

72 U.S. Representatives express outrage with the mainstream media for the Gosnell black-out

Via LifeNews.Com:

A top pro-life congresswoman exposed late-term abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell, who is on trial for murder, on the O’Reilly Factor program last night.

Due to a lack of national broadcast news coverage on these issues, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) organized a letter with 71 of her House colleagues last week to ABC, NBC, and CBS. The letters demand these networks stop blacking out coverage on high-profile abortion controversies. Read more

Via David Gittrich at Kansans for Life:

The murder trial of Kermit Gosnell has been ignored by the major media.  Those who are aware of what is happening, are appalled that the media refuses to cover this story.  Over 70 U.S. Representatives sent the following letter to the media.  Representative Tim Huelskamp and Representative Mike Pompeo signed this letter.  The addresses for the major media follow the letter.  All of us should let them know that we are aware of the media's bias -- we are not fools.

Dear­ (News Outlet - see list below),

As Members of Congress, we seldom, and with good reason, take the opportunity to communicate directly to you our views on the subject matter of your national news broadcasts. However, we write this letter to express how profoundly appalled we are that your networks have largely ignored two significant stories: Planned Parenthood’s lobbying efforts in support of infanticide in Florida last month as well as the ongoing criminal murder trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell in Philadelphia.

Surely, the Planned Parenthood lobbying scandal and the ongoing Gosnell murder case, which has been described as a “House of Horrors,” meet your 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 announcers. Nonetheless, we see no excuse for your failure to report these stories other than blatant media bias. There is nothing “politically incorrect” about reporting the negative impacts of abortion on women and children. People’s reliance on your networks for information has been sorely betrayed as it relates to these cases and it undermines your credibility in the public square.

We welcome your response to tell us that this is not so – 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 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. These sentiments have also been raised by community leaders who wrote to you on April 4 under the auspices of the Media Research Center. Their inquiries deserve a response not merely in terms of public accountability, but also as a measure of common decency.

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.

(Signed by Mike Pompeo and Tim Huelskamp along with other members of Congress)

Letter sent to:
ABC News
7 West 66th Street
New York, NY 10023

CBS News
524 W. 57th Street
New York, NY 10019

NBCUniversal News Group
30 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10112

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