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Networks covered Wendy Davis filibuster far more than Gosnell trial: study


The big three networks that have nightly newscasts devoted far more attention to the filibuster of an anti-abortion bill by Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis (D) than they did to the trial of Kermit Gosnell -- convicted of murdering babies after they were delivered -- according to a new study by the conservative Media Research Center:

In the 19 days since her June 25 filibuster, ABC, CBS and NBC have devoted 40 minutes, 48 seconds of their morning and evening news programs to stories including Davis. That’s more than three times the 13 minutes 30 seconds they gave Gosnell during the entire 58 days of the murder trial.

Davis became something of a news media hero for her 13-hour active filibuster against an anti-abortion bill in June. The bill eventually did pass and was signed into law.

As far as the Gosnell trial, which was chock-full of ugly details about one doctor's late-term abortion practices, it garnered very little national news attention until Fox News contributor Kirsten Powers wrote a column, accusing the media of a "cover up."


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