On the morning of December 14, 2012, a crazed twenty year old man entered Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and murdered twenty children and six adults.
The firestorm that engulfed the nation after the killings was carried by every national and local news outlet across the country. Politicians in Washington began immediate hearings as to whether they should ban certain types of guns, or reduce the number of bullets a gun’s magazine could hold.
President Obama attended the memorial service for the victims, which was broadcast live by national news outlets. He has since traveled back to Newtown and has flown a number of the parents who lost children in the shooting back to D.C. to attend a speech on gun control—all of which garnered national news attention.
Parents of the Newtown victims have appeared before Congress, on national radio and television shows, and been interviewed by every major newspaper in the country. Good. It was right for the national media to focus on the murdered children and teachers of Sandy Hook Elementary—its violence was a shock to the American soul.
But the national media’s outrage is suspect, because it is selfish and selective.
Why hasn’t the national media focused its attention on the trial of Kermit Gosnell, the Philadelphia abortion doctor who is accused of murdering at least one hundred children born alive by snipping their spinal cords, effectively beheading them, with scissors?
The Black Sphere tried to bring national attention to the horrors taking place behind the closed doors at 3801 Lancaster—horrors, if proven true in court, “make it quite clear,” according to Michael Nutter, Philadelphia’s mayor, “that we’ve had a monster living in our midst.”
Yet, the monster residing in the City of Brotherly Love doesn’t warrant a story from a national news outlet. Not even after the ten year failure of the Pennsylvania Department of Health to monitor Gosnell’s clinic, the deaths of four women who came to his clinic seeking abortions, the testimony of officials who raided the clinic in 2010 and found jars filled with babies feet, the testimony of a clinic worker who said that “it would rain fetuses,” or the testimony of another clinic employee who described the screams of a child as sounding like an alien before the child was decapitated.
The national media has been as silent as the thousands of children who have been silenced by Kermit Gosnell’s scissors. The media’s “deafening silence” is a “disgrace,” Kristen Powers writes in her USA Today op-ed. But it’s more than that, and Powers calls it what it is—immoral.
Regardless of such quibbles, about whether Gosnell was killing the infants one second after they left the womb instead of partially inside or completely inside the womb—as in a routine late-term abortion—is merely a matter of geography. That one is murder and the other is a legal procedure is morally irreconcilable.
The great German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who fought against Nazi terror, wrote:
“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”
For the national media to express outrage over the evil of Newtown—as right as that was—but to remain silent over the evil of Philadelphia is itself outrageous and evil. And while God will indeed not hold them guiltless, neither should we.
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