Media shrugs after VA gov describes how to kill a baby

Friday, February 1, 2019
Steve Jordahl (

Ralph Northum (VA governor)It's hard to miss the outrage surrounding the radical abortion bills in New York and now in Virginia – that is unless you're the mainstream media. 

On the heels of New York's flagrant infanticide law, a statement by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northum (pictured at left) sickened pro-lifers and left abortion defenders dithering to defend his defense of controversial legislation.

"The infant would be delivered," Northum, a former pediatric neurologist, said in a radio interview. "The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that's what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mothers."

Adding context to the interview, National Review writer Alexandra DeSanctis explained that Northum was asked to respond to comments from state delegate Kathy Tran, who introduced the controversial Repeal Act.

Tran admitted that her bill, which was tabled this week in a 5-3 committee vote, would allow a woman to undergo an abortion even while going into labor.

The governor was either ignorant of the bill or lied, DeSanctis wrote, when he suggested that anger over the bill and Tran's comment was "really blown out of proportion."  

Refusing to back down from the comments, the governor later said his comments were taken out of context because he was talking about severely disabled or non-viable babies.

Yet what many people heard was someone callously describing how to treat a helpless human being, and it didn't help that the pro-life community was already reeling from New York's liberal abortion law.  

As debate swirled across the country, it appeared only Fox News was reporting on the controversial comments --- replaying the governor's words, then asking opinion makers for their comments --- throughout the day.

"You would think," says Kyle Drennen of Media Research Center, "these kinds of stunning, radical, extreme proposals and discussions would become national news."

The comments didn't go entirely unnoticed thanks largely to alternative media outlets and the reach of social media.

The Daily Caller reporter Henry Rodgers reported via Twitter that he asked more than 10 Democratic senators about the governor's comments. He didn't get very far with the question.

21-week baby"Every one of them denied every hearing them," he wrote.

The opinion page editor for a Texas newspaper took a different route, accusing U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of twisting the governor's words after Cruz posted Northum's comments and urged his Twitter followers to "watch the video."

"Lisa," Cruz replied to the Houston Chronicle editor, "stop spinning for the Dems."

The media didn't just go to work to defend Virginia's governor: The Washington Post pulled out the "Republicans pounce" angle to describe GOP anger over Kathy Tran, the state delegate, who is portrayed as a victim.

"If there’s a Democrat in trouble," begins The Washington Examiner story, "you can be sure there's a newsroom nearby, ready to clean up the mess."

Drennen, who lives in Virginia, says the governor is out of step with residents of the state.

"Virginia is a purple state," he advises. "I mean, has it been trending more blue lately? Sure, but it's a swing state still, and we're not New York, we're not California in Virginia."

Thinking further about the governor's comments, Drennen adds that the most liberal Americans on the left-wing coasts should view the governor's comments as extreme.

"It doesn't matter how blue the state is," he tells OneNewsNow.


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