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April 12, 2013

Tapper to Cover Gosnell on CNN In Next 35 Minutes

Not sure when on the show; he hasn't covered it yet, but he's teased it.

Apparently shaming the media has borne fruit. Tapper is somewhat "easy" in this way; he actually reads criticism of himself, and ergo he is actually susceptible to reason. By actually reading criticism, he can correct himself.

Note though that he says he had already planned on covering the story again; he did cover it once before on his show. But, either way, he's among the most fair journalists so that's why I call him "easy." It's the people who have decided to live entirely within the bubble who are the tough gets.

Let's just state the obvious: National political reporters are, by and large, socially liberal. We are more likely to know a gay couple than to know someone who owns an "assault weapon." We are, generally, pro-choice. Twice, in D.C., I've caused a friend to literally leave a conversation and freeze me out for a day or so because I suggested that the Stupak Amendment and the Hyde Amendment made sense. There is a bubble. Horror stories of abortionists are less likely to permeate that bubble than, say, a story about a right-wing pundit attacking an abortionist who then claims to have gotten death threats.

But now even the archliberal Anderson Cooper has been embarrassed into reporting on a serial killer.


Well, he seems to have found an angle on this that pleases him: The lack of proper state regulation and oversight. Of course. Why didn't I think of that.

But that is in fact a very real serious issue here -- the Grand Jury reported that this lack of oversight was by design, because pro-choice forces pressured state officials to no enforce any law relating to abortion -- so it's at least a fair entry into the story.

Still, it's amusing. Anderson Cooper's entree into the story is through the prism of "not enough government regulation." So perfect.


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