The word in TV newsrooms has long been that “if it bleeds, it leads,” meaning that a crime story is often the fastest way to get media attention and coverage. It doesn’t even have to be bloody — witness the wall-to-wall coverage of the Jerry Sandusky sexual-assault case at Penn State last year. But the trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell, currently America’s most grisly serial killer, has been an exception.
Two weeks ago, Fox News contributor Kirsten Powers dropped a bomb on the mainstream media when she called them to account for failing to adequately report on the ongoing trial of Gosnell, the Philadelphia abortionist who was charged with murdering seven newborn infants and a patient seeking an abortion. (On Tuesday, Judge Jeffrey P. Minehart reduced to four the charges of murdering infants.) A photo by J. D. Mullane, a reporter for the Bucks County Courier Times, of the empty media gallery at the trial provided further shaming.