Irin Carmon hasn’t let her previous column’s logical fallacies prevent her from coming out swinging in her newest piece. This time, she is alleging there is a conspiracy to promote the Gosnell case by the conservative media. The only problem with Gosnell’s argument this time is that it directly undercuts the premise of her previous piece, which was that the Gosnell case had been adequately covered by the media. Meanwhile, the conservative position has been that a biased media, until shamed into it, ignored a huge story that, were the topic anything other than a sacrosanct liberal principle, would have been splashed all over the front pages of the country’s major papers and headlining newscasts. Rather than go through her article line by line, as I did previously, I have simply re-written one of her paragraphs to change the issue at hand from abortion to gun control.
No one who supports the provision of safe abortion care to women excuses any of what Gosnell is accused of, from willfully gruesome conditions to sadistic treatment to infanticide. He is not typical, and there was, and has been, swift renunciation of his facility. But the case provides the ideal opportunity for the right-to-life movement to conflate his abusive clinic with all abortion as it’s widely practiced in the U.S., and to focus on graphic later abortions, conveniently redirecting attention from their desire to ban all abortions for everyone. That desire, by the way, is being enacted into law explicitly in states like Arkansas and North Dakota, and implicitly with laws designed to close abortion clinics in states like Mississippi and Virginia.
No one who supports the Second Amendment and the right to own and carry a gun excuses any of what Adam Lanza did, from taking a weapon that wasn’t his to shooting up a school. He is not typical, and there was, and has been, swift renunciation of his actions. But the case provides the ideal opportunity for the pro-gun control movement to conflate his shooting spree with the normal activity of law abiding citizens carrying weapons every day, and to focus on a graphic incident, conveniently redirecting attention from their desire to ban all guns for everyone. That desire, by the way, is being enacted into law explicitly in states like Connecticut, Colorado and New York.
If we did a Lexis search for stories about Newton and Gosnell prior to this week I’m guessing there is a small discrepancy in the coverage.