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Michael Smerconish: Media isn't avoiding the Kermit Gosnell trial

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Posted: Friday, April 26, 2013 5:53 am | Updated: 7:10 am, Fri May 31, 2013.

The national media descended on the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia last week, shamed into covering the murder trial of Kermit Gosnell by a misplaced sense of obligation. That arrival was compelled by a newspaper column written in USA Today by Kirsten Powers, who insinuated the case was being ignored because of bias.

"Let me state the obvious," Powers wrote. "This should be front-page news. When Rush Limbaugh attacked Sandra Fluke, there was nonstop media hysteria. The venerable NBC Nightly News' Brian Williams intoned, 'A firestorm of outrage from women after a crude tirade from Rush Limbaugh,' as he teased a segment on the brouhaha. Yet, accusations of babies having their heads severed — a major human-rights story if there ever was one — doesn't make the cut.

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