Matt Lewis at the Daily Beast reveals, via leaked emails, how NPR wouldn’t allow the new Gosnell film to buy an on-air ad that referred to Gosnell as an ‘abortion doctor’. In fact the only way they would accept the ad is if the word abortion was taken out completely in reference to Gosnell.
Here’s what happened:
DAILY BEAST – Early last month, John Sullivan, executive producer of the new film Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer (in theaters Oct. 12), reached out to National Public Radio to purchase a sponsorship for the Peabody Award-winning interview show, Fresh Air.
Sullivan, who was prepared to spend as much as six figures, crafted his ad copy to answer the question you’re probably asking: Who is Gosnell? The proposed ad was as follows, “Support for this NPR program comes from the film Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer. The film is the true story of abortionist Kermit Gosnell. A story the mainstream media tried to cover up because it reveals the truth about abortion.”
No dice. According to e-mails provided to The Daily Beast, NPR’s representative ran it up the legal flagpole and came back with a disappointing answer. In addition to other minor tweaks to the wording, their response stated, “The word ‘abortionist’ will also need to be changed to the neutral word ‘doctor.’”
Seeking to find an acceptable compromise, Sullivan (who co-directed Dinesh D’Souza’s first two documentaries) next proposed simply using the term “abortion doctor.” This is a descriptive term that is morally neutral, he reasoned. Still, NPR refused to approve Sullivan’s compromise language. It was “Philadelphia doctor Kermit Gosnell” or bust.
For the filmmakers, this was a deal-breaker. “Our movie isn’t about a podiatrist or a cardiologist or a proctologist,” said producer Phelim McAleer. “It’s specifically about a doctor who performs abortions.”
When asked to comment, NPR’s Senior Director of Media Relations Isabel Lara explained, “Sponsor credits that run on NPR are required to be value neutral to comply with FCC requirements and to avoid suggesting bias in NPR’s journalism.”
Lara sent me the modified language that was acceptable to NPR, which reads: “Hat Tip Distribution, with the film ‘Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer,’ based on the true story of Philadelphia doctor Kermit Gosnell. Out Friday.”
That is just ridiculous. As Sullivan points out, he’s an abortion doctor. That’s just what they do. Planned Parenthood provides abortions. Abortion is the politically correct word for what should really be called murder. They should have no problem with the word abortion.
Oh wait, they didn’t until now:
It’s still unclear why the term “abortion doctor” couldn’t be included. A quick search turns up past NPR stories with titles like, “Joyce Carol Oates’ New Novel Begins With an Abortion Doctor’s Murder” and “Abortion Doctor Killer Appeals to Kansas High Court.” NPR even did a special series called “Training the next generation of abortion doctors.” Heck, there was even an NPR news story about Kermit Gosnell himself, and it was headlined, “Convicted Philadelphia Abortion Doctor Gets Life in Prison.”
As I was writing this the real reason dawned on me as to why they wouldn’t run the ad. The ad equated abortion to ‘killing’ or murder.
In the other ads they ran, the words ‘murder’ and ‘killer’ didn’t refer to the abortions themselves. It was about the abortion doctor being killed by someone else. But in this ad for the new film, the ‘murdering’ is about what happens during or after the abortion itself. And that’s why they didn’t allow it. The backlash from their heavy liberal viewership would have been huge because much of the liberal world still thinks abortion is just getting rid of a few unwanted cells, like liposuction or something.
They are cowards.
Here’s the trailer for the new movie. Everyone needs to see it.