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April 11, 2013

Krauthammer on the Media's Complete Embargo on the Gosnell Story

NRO posted this, but honestly, I thought Kristen Powers and Jonah Goldberg made more interesting points on this than Krauthammer. Ah well. It's something.

I don't think this is just about abortion. The media refuses to cover any wedge issue which might hurt Democrats.

Oh, they do love reporting on things that put pressure on fissures between Republicans or fissures between Republicans and Independents. But when a story threatens to damage the papered-over differences between Democrats, or between Democrats and Independents, suddenly the media isn't interested in difficult political questions.

This story exposes faultlines between Democrats, who are by political necessity abortion absolutists, and Independents, who may lean somewhat pro-choice but sure the hell aren't on board for infanticide. But to report this story at all would put the Democrats in the difficult position of angering its an element of its hardcore single-issue leftist coalition, or alienating independents.

Thus, the media -- which just "wants to report the facts" and "takes no positions on policy questions" and which has no partisan leaning at all -- simply doesn't report the story at all.

After all, if the public hears of it, they may make The Wrong Decisions.

You don't trust children with matches and you don't trust the American public with information. It's that simple.



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posted by Ace at 07:30 PM

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