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Is There Enough Coverage of the Trial of Abortion Provider?

The trial of abortion provider Dr. Kermit Gosnell continues in Philadelphia today, and so too does increased coverage of it. Fox News host and attorney Kimberly Guilfoyle is in the courtroom and will provide coverage on “The Five” this afternoon. “CBS This Morning” had a story on it this morning and it was discussed several times on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” today.

Late last week, there was much discussion about the lack of coverage. CNN’s Howard Kurtz talked about it at the close of his “Reliable Sources” yesterday. CNN, Fox News and MSNBC have done “a few stories,” Kurtz said, with CBS and ABC airing segments in January. Kurtz:

But there hasn’t been nearly enough on the trial. Perhaps the mainstream press is less attuned to a story that casts a shadow on abortion but the conservative media didn’t do much either. And it’s not like the staunchest pro-choice advocate would defend what Gosnell is alleged to have done. This is a gruesome case that journalists on both sides of the abortion question have told me is hard to stomach. That is especially true on television.

Kurtz also pointed out that coverage “is quickly picking up” after Fox News’s Kirsten Powers wrote this op-ed in the USA Today.

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