Five years ago, the national media largely ignored the story of a Philadelphia abortion doctor accused of killing healthy babies after they were born. Today, the media is now largely ignoring a movie that chronicles those horrific events. On WTMJ radio Media Trackers Communications Director Jerry Bader spoke with Phelim McAleer co-producer of “Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer” about the media blackout surrounding his film and the horrific case of convicted abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell.
The movie is based upon the story of Gosnell, an abortion doctor convicted of three counts of first-degree murder for killing babies born alive at his Philadelphia abortion clinic, the Women’s Medical Society. Despite only three convictions, it’s believed Gosnell killed hundred of babies born alive. According to the grand jury report from the case, Gosnell killed the babies by severing their spinal cords with scissors. Investigators also discovered refrigerators full of aborted fetuses in his offices. He was also convicted of involuntary manslaughter, 21 felony counts of illegal late-term abortion, and 211 counts of violating an informed-consent law. Gosnell was sentenced to life in prison without parole.
While the case was conducted in 2013, there was little coverage by the mainstream media. Now, the movie about Gosnell is facing similar mainstream media disinterest. McAleer, the movie’s writer and producer told Bader about the censorship the movie has faced, both in terms of media coverage and in attempts to advertise it:
“It just gets worse and worse. From the beginning of this film it has faced fire. Kickstarter wouldn’t let us crowdfund and then Facebook has banned almost 50 of our ads. NPR wouldn’t let us advertise. No mainstream media outlets would review us. Beautiful Boy, which is a movie about opioid addiction, came out at the same time, hasn’t done as well. It had 70 reviews, we’ve had two reviews. And the two reviews aren’t strictly mainstream. So the mainstream media wants to cover this up; they don’t want the story out there, they want to keep this story a secret.”
However, while the mainstream media refuses to acknowledge the movie, it has made its way into the Top 10 movies in the country on its opening weekend, according to the website Box Office Mojo. McAleer told Bader how the movie continues to be successful despite lack of mainstream media attention:
“The alternative media, social media, outlets such as yourself are talking about this. People have decided that they don’t need the mainstream media anymore, they want to go around it. They are finding out about it by themselves, email networks, we did a lot of pre-screening. We go the word out, and this was crowdfunded also, so 30,000 people helped make this movie possible.”
The movie is currently being shown in nine different locations around Wisconsin.