“Gosnell” Makes Fools of Media Even More than The Gosnell Trial Did


Five years ago, the trial and conviction of abortionist and serial killer Dr. Kermit Gosnell exposed the appalling cynicism of the mainstream media. They made fools of themselves in their clumsy, unified efforts to stifle the story rather than report on it.

Perhaps no event has done more to show up the establishment media as a hulking, one-sided political operation. That is, until now.

The release of a new film about Gosnell has made an ass of the media even more than the killer’s trial did. The film, which you can still catch in some theaters, is Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer.

As reported at TownHall.com, “Gosnell” made it “into the Top 10 films at the box office” on opening weekend:

The team behind Gosnell told the entertainment website HiT that they made the film available for review to “every newspaper and mainstream blogger out there,” yet those efforts apparently only netted two reviews – one at Forbes.com, and the other appearing in The Los Angeles Times. (It is also worth noting that while critics gave overwhelmingly positive reviews on the Rotten Tomatoes website, there are only six reviews from critics. Most films receive hundreds.)

In other words, establishment media reacted to the film exactly the same way they reacted to Gosnell’s actual crimes—compounding and providing definitive proof that honest people’s suspicions of the media are well-founded.

“Gosnell” is Truer to Life than You Might Realize

As the movie itself shows, the story of the trial and conviction of Kermit Gosnell is a story about ordinary people from every walk of life. Their reactions to Gosnell’s crimes aren’t motivated by religious zeal or ideology, but by decency.

This goes for everyone from the impoverished inner-city kids who took the witness stand, to the blue-collar cop, the millennial blogger, and the upper-middle-class prosecuting attorney. Since these heroes of the story aren’t embedded in the cynical world of political intrigue and institutional corruption that characterizes establishment media, they do the right thing with no thought about political ramifications.

This is what the real world looks like. It’s a world where people from diverse backgrounds have a lot in common due to their basic humanity. A world where you can expect people to unite against moral monsters like Kermit Gosnell.

The Film Industry vs The Pro-Abortion Media

The production team who worked on the Gosnell film prove the same point. Writers Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer started out ambivalent on the abortion issue. “Gosnell” star Dean Cain was and remains pro-choice. A mixture of opinions can be found among other members of the production team.

These weren’t Christian zealots or Tea Party operatives. They were just creative people in the film industry who saw Gosnell’s trial as a compelling real-crime story that deserved to be told.

Pro-life activist and filmmaker Jason Jones (to whom the Gosnell filmmakers cleverly gave a cameo: he appears as a mainstream media journalist at the Gosnell trial) tells me that the diversity of the “Gosnell” crew isn’t much different from what he’s found in the film industry at large.

“The bias when it comes to movies has never been in the production teams,” says Jones. “The real bias comes from the political operatives in the mainstream media who make creative artists fear reprisal if they fail to burn incense to the gods of the city.”

In other words, the film industry is populated by ordinary people. The establishment media industry, on the other hand…

Establishment Media: A Whole Different Class of People

Most people don’t go around holding secret intrigues close to their chests, and carefully calculating their actions to advance powerful political interests. But the establishment media’s refusal to cover Gosnell’s “house of horrors” (right up until mounting social media pressure made it politically embarrassing not to do so) showed them to be totally different from most people.

And their reaction to the Gosnell film—going strenuously out of their way to undermine it—again shows them up as cynical bureaucrats, who ultimately serve as a PR firm for a callous abortion industry that cares more for its bottom line than for victims.

So that leaves us with two questions. One is haunting, and the other offers hope:

More Gosnells?

First, how many more Gosnells are out there, illegally torturing and killing women and children, surrounded by the protective arms of the abortion industry, the media, and local state and city bureaucrats?

After all, the mainstream media has a proven track-record of running interference for the most horrific crimes—including the sexual abuse of minors—if they are in any way connected with establishment political goals, or the reputation of the abortion industry.

More “Gosnell”s?

Second, how many more Nick Searcys are out there in the film industry? How many more Dean Cains, Ann McElhinneys, Philem McAleers, and Jason Joneses?

For all we know, many creative people in the film industry stand ready to create movies like “Gosnell” every year, but choose not to, as Jones puts it, out of fear of reprisal from the thuggish media, who have them convinced that straying from certain party lines could be career-threatening.

The only way to find out the answers to these questions is to get the mainstream media out of our way. And as luck would have it, the story of Gosnell—from his trial and conviction to his immortalization as a symbol of thwarted corruption in this terrific film—shows us just how to do that.

The views expressed here are those of the author, and do not necessarily represent the views of CatholicVote.org


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Stephen Herreid is Managing Editor Online at CatholicVote.org, and Executive Producer and Host of the CatholicVote Radio Hour. He is a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus. Follow him on Twitter @StephenHerreid.


  1. I saw Gosnell the day it was released. He was a murderer of the most heinous kind. While I must not judge, I suspect his life in eternity will be most unpleasant, worse than his life in prison. The media is populated by minions of the industry whose job it is to spread their employer’s garbage – and they have learned their positions well. The number of true journalists and reporters is vanishingly small – may God bless them abundantly. I have faith and trust in God, that in His time and wisdom, He will find believers who will turn the tide.

  2. Barbara Collins on

    I went to see this movie and it was very thought provoking. I knew about the Gosnell case and was very aware that the media rarely covered it. I now have a much clearer picture of how they, the media, show their bias.

  3. Julia Greene Thomas on

    Thank you for this article. I did not want to see it because it sounded like it was about abortion (and it is, which I am against 100%) but the thought of a movie about it sounds horrifying. This article enlightened me it is more about the media than the horrors of the actual procedure. I would like to see the movie now.

    • The movie is very good, horrifying in the sense of the crimes that were committed, but only mildly visually graphic. The deeds of Gosnell are described in the course of the trial, but the doing of those deeds is not shown.

    • Vince Granacher on

      Because the movie was able to be released in more than 600 theaters, according to Ann McElhinney at a pre-release showing, the movie will make it to Netflix.

  4. Gosnell is as representative of abortionists as Scott Roeder represents all pro-lifers. Hey, maybe we can use Jeffrey Dahmer to symbolize foodies!

  5. I recommend seeing the movie. I didn’t know about the case. After watching the film, I find myself weeping when I hear about abortion being legal. The movie was done well because it didn’t show any horrific images, but showed the pain of the women choosing abortion on their nearly full term babies. It was saddening to hear the callousness how killing the baby before it is born is legal. Also, mystifying was how Gosnell didn’t see the evil of what he was doing. That is hard to grasp. After watching the movie, I feel moved and drawn to wanting to participate and be one of those who council and try to help women change their mind from having an abortion.

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