Journalists have been almost entirely silent on the gruesome trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell. The networks have ignored the story. Into this vacuum came Terry Moran, the anchor of ABC's Nightline. On Friday, he provocatively tweeted, "Kermit Gosnell is probably the most successful serial killer in the history of the world."
One assumes that his program from the previous night would have been all over this "serial killer," right? Moran offered a complete expose of the stomach-twisting horrors allegedly perpetrated by Gosnell? No. This is how the journalist opened the April 11 program: "Hot Moms Inc. From Gisele to Gwyneth. New celebrity moms are losing the baby weight faster than ever. But can anyone do it? Tonight, how their workout secrets are becoming a big business." [See video below. MP3 audio here.] Clearly, Moran doesn't have time for Gosnell when there are "hot moms" to cover.
Perhaps Moran covered the story later in the show? After the hot moms? Nope. Next, the program delved into the world of "decentralized dance parties" and social media. ABC hasn't covered Gosnell at all.
Moran's tweet is at right.
Will Moran continue to leave his moral lecturing to Twitter or will he follow-up on television?
Even the liberal news outlet Politico has called for journalists to cover the story. Dylan Byers on Friday blogged:
...Criticism has a wonderful way of correcting the news cycle. Gosnell should be front-page, top-of-the-hour news by primetime tonight. And if it's not, we'll write about it again.
When even Politico is telling journalists to stop overlooking a story, perhaps it's time for reporters to reconsider their priorities.