Braking News: Media Halts Coverage of Serial Killer
It has all the makings of a riveting courtroom drama: The man on trial is charged with killing seven children and a young mother in a filthy, blood-splattered building near Philadelphia. Over the course of several years, he preyed on his victims as a "doctor" who relied on staff of teenagers posing as licensed anesthetists. Together, they stashed the bodies in the basement freezer, until authorities raided the office and arrested the man known to many as a "human butcher."
Normally, the media would be tripping over themselves to report every grisly detail of this "house of horrors"--unless, of course, the accused is an abortion doctor named Kermit Gosnell and his victims were the babies born alive in his filthy clinic. As the gruesome testimonies spill out of former employees in Gosnell's real-life trial, the bright lights of the network cameras are nowhere to be found. And the keyboards of reporters, who race to recount the nightmarish details of every other tragedy, have fallen silent.
It's not because the story lacks jaw-dropping revelations. This week, two of Gosnell's staffers described the monster they worked for and the evil that penetrated every inch of his Women's Medical Center. Sherry West, who had been with the office for years, told the court about a screaming baby that had been born in the clinic and then murdered. With tears streaming down her face, West said the tortured cries of the child "really freaked me out... I can't describe it." She says that she called the aborted babies "specimens" because "it was easier to deal with mentally." Then, trying to collect herself, she told prosecutors, "I'm trying to block a lot of this out."
Earlier in the investigation, Steven Massof, who was also hired by Gosnell despite his lack of medical training, sent shivers down people's spines when he described the busy times: "It would rain fetuses. Fetuses and blood all over the place." In those moments, Massof confessed, "I felt like a fireman in hell. I couldn't put out all the fires."
Babies born alive in abortion clinics? According to Massof, it's more common than you might think. He estimated that at least 100 babies were born alive in this single clinic who had their necks snipped in what he described as "literally a beheading." "These killings became so routine," an employee admitted, "that no one could put an exact number on them. They were considered 'standard procedure.'"
And what has become standard procedure for the major networks is to ignore the gut-wrenching story. Maybe they're afraid more Americans will make the connection between Gosnell's barbarism and Planned Parenthood's public support for procedures just like it. Last week, a representative of the abortion giant lobbied the Florida state house to stop doctors from helping born-alive babies. Like Gosnell, Cecile Richards's group believes that only "wanted" children have rights.
In a letter to Planned Parenthood, which enjoys a half-billion taxpayer dollars for its extremism each year, Rep. Marsha Blackburn rebuked the President's closest ally for "publicly argu[ing] that the rights of American citizens are not even bestowed upon at birth, but rather at an arbitrary time that benefits your abortion agenda." Americans didn't hear about Rep. Blackburn's letter--for the same reasons that we aren't hearing the testimony of a nation that has hardened its heart to the cry of the innocent. The media clearly doesn't want the country to see the culture they have helped create.
If the networks won't tell these victims' stories, we will. FRC, along with Media Research Center, and 18 other conservative leaders have released a letter calling on the networks to stop censoring their coverage of the Gosnell trial. As even Marc Thiessen argues on the editorial page of the Washington Post, "Our country is deeply divided over the question of abortion. But can we not all at least agree that killing a born child is murder-not a question that 'should be left up to the woman, her family, and the physician?'"
Penney Pinching: Company Fires CEO after Sales Plummet
Plenty of companies have argued that natural marriage is "bad for business"--but they'll have a tough time persuading J.C. Penney. After a series of radical decisions, the retailer is struggling to survive a 25% drop in sales. It started in 2011 when the company hired Ellen DeGeneres, a vocal proponent of same-sex "marriage" as its spokesperson. The choice drew fire from organizations like the American Family Association (AFA) because it was a departure from the store's longstanding values. When AFA's One Million Moms complained, J.C. Penney's new CEO, Ron Johnson, stubbornly dug in his heels. Then, on Mothers' Day, the company shocked customers with a blatant endorsement of homosexuality in an ad that featured two moms--followed by a two-dads ad for Fathers' Day. Coupled with an overhaul of the stores' pricing system, the stock never recovered.
Now, months after the experiment failed, J.C. Penney has fired Johnson and replaced him with the former CEO, Myron Ullman. Hinting that the problems are more political than the media is reporting, Ullman said bluntly, "There's no reason to try and alienate customers who want to shop at J.C. Penney." Whether the retailer will learn from its mistakes is yet to be seen. But J.C. Penney's freefall should serve as a warning to other companies who are itching to jump on the same-sex bandwagon. Pandering to those who want to redefine marriage (and the rest of society with it) may earn you a pat on the back from the Human Rights Campaign, but in the long term, it's bad policy. Americans want corporate neutrality in the culture wars, and when they don't find it, they'll go elsewhere.
Marriage 84, Liberals 0
CNN claims that a majority of Americans are on board with President Obama's homosexual agenda--but they must not have surveyed anyone from Oklahoma! In an airtight vote, the Sooner House passed a resolution "reaffirming marriage between a man and a woman" and supporting the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The final vote? Eighty-four to zero. Not a single member voted against natural marriage--a stunning show of solidarity on an issue that most reporters insist is already lost.
Former Senator Rick Santorum talked about the exaggeration of the support for same-sex "marriage" in an interview with the Des Moines Register yesterday. "I'm sure you could go back and read stories, oh, you know, 'The Republican Party's going to change. This is the future.' Obviously, that didn't happen," Santorum told the Register. "I think you're going to see the same stories written now, and it's not going to happen. The Republican Party's not going to change on this issue. In my opinion, it would be suicidal if it did."
** Thanks to you, HHS received more comments on its abortion pill mandate than it has on any rule in history! FRC filed its formal comments in an official letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, which you can read here.
*** What does hunting down and prosecuting sexual predators get you? A smear campaign, if you're conservative stalwart Ken Cuccinelli. The Virginia Attorney General is on the receiving end of a brutal attack after doing his job: protecting children by enforcing the law. Check out Ken Blackwell's column on the Left's ruthless opportunism in "Shame on You, Terry McAuliffe."
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.