April 16, 2013

Since late last week, a consensus has emerged: The national media has in large part ignored the trial of 72-year-old abortion provider Kermit Gosnell. Much less agreement, however, hovers over the question of why. Cameras aren’t allowed in the Gosnell courtroom, goes one theory. The details of the proceedings are too grisly for family-oriented media outlets, goes another prominent theory. Lefty media bias, goes yet another.

In a HuffPost Live segment today on the issue, host Marc Lamont Hill made clear where his theoretical thinking lay:

“For what it’s worth, I do think that those of us on the left have made a decision not to cover this trial because we worry that it’ll compromise abortion rights. Whether you agree with abortion or not, I do think there’s a direct connection between the media’s failure to cover this and our own political commitments on the left. I think it’s a bad idea, I think it’s dangerous, but I think that’s the way it is.”

Strong words from a host on a left-leaning outlet.

More on the Kermit Gosnell case

Jonathan Capehart: Kermit Gosnell — a conspiracy of silence

Erik Wemple: Conservative watchdogs rattle the media’s cage

Marc Thiessen: Planned Parenthood lobbyist defends infanticide

GALLERY: 17 photographs that make you appreciate America

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.