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Calling the recording a “secret tape,” he wrote that “McConnell and the [National Republican Senatorial Committee] have moved aggressively to judo-flip the story, turning it from a question of offense or gaffes — which, to be fair, didn’t come from McConnell’s mouth in the tape — to a story of illegal bugging.”

The story has quickly faded, especially after a local Democratic Party offshoot called Progress Kentucky was implicated.

Most egregious of all, though, has been the lack of coverage on the “House of Horror” trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell. Gruesome testimony includes charges that the doctor “beheaded” living babies during late-term abortions, “repeatedly sliced the necks of born babies in front of a teenage employee, and once told his longtime assistant … that a writhing born baby whose neck he had just severed was like a ‘chicken with its head cut off,’” according to one account from the conservative

Another conservative website,, last week ran a picture of completely empty rows of courtroom benches marked “Reserved Media Seating.” In addition, a reporter from The Washington Post (again) called the trial a “local crime” story.

Well, it’s a local crime story in the way that the trial of Jeffrey Dahmer or John Wayne Gacy once were. While Gosnell is charged with eight counts of murder, there are reports that he killed as many as 100 babies, which, if true, would put him in the top five of U.S. serial killers. One helluva “local crime” story.

For at least the first three weeks, CBS, ABC and NBC ran zero stories about the trial. Newsbusters’ Tom Blumer noted that The Associated Press did not use the “abortion” slug with any of its stories. And Josh Dzieza of The Daily Beast wrote that “activists” have “pointed to Gosnell as an example of what would happen if legal clinics are closed and women are forced to go underground, so for them, publicizing it is a wash.”

At least America’s media are always surprising: Just when you think they can’t get any worse, they do.

Joseph Curl covered the White House and politics for a decade for The Washington Times and is now editor of the Drudge Report. He can be reached at and @josephcurl.