Inside the trial of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell

Media slow to react to murder trial


This is a rush transcript from "The Five," April 17, 2013. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

KIMBERLY GUILFOYLE, CO-HOST: This is the fifth week in the murder trial of Philadelphia doctor Kermit Gosnell. He is charged in the death of seven babies born alive in his abortion clinic, as well as the death of one adult patient.

Today, for the first time, we heard President Obama comment on this extremely disturbing case.


PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: I'm familiar with it. I can't comment on it because it's an active trial. What I can say is this -- you know, I think President Clinton said it pretty well when he said abortion should be safe, legal and rare.

If an individual carrying out of an abortion, operating a clinic or doing anything else is violating medical ethics, violating the law, then they should be prosecuted.


GUILFOYLE: Earlier this week, I was one of only a few members of the media allowed inside the courtroom for the trial.

And I will tell you as a prosecutor of many years, it was one of the most disturbing experiences that I have ever had. I have tried plenty of gang cases and homicide cases and child abuse cases, but this was something like I hoped to really never see again. But I think it's an important story for us to discuss and we have been covering it here at Fox News which I think is important.

So the main thing, too, Eric is that a clinic like this is never in existence that this never happens again. The president saying is he hoping, you know, abortion is legal, safe and rare. I saw in that courtroom it was none of the three.

ERIC BOLLING, CO-HOST: First things first, trust me -- we are not talking about the circumstances, the --

GUILFOYLE: Specifics.

BOLLING: -- the evidence, the specifics because it would show that Gosnell is one of the most evil human beings ever to walk the face of the Earth, bar none. This guy is an evil human being.

I'm curious why the mainstream media has not brought this up. We talked about it a couple days ago and then this whole Boston bombing thing came up. We kind of pushed it back.

We had planned on talking about it every single day because it's an important story. It's an important story because it's surrounding an abortion doctor, but the mainstream media is ignoring the story for some reason. We are talking about it. They need to be on top of it, too.

If you don't think it's politicized, think about this for one second. If they went in and saw all the things you saw in the courtroom and saw a Palin for president or Romney for president sticker, don't you -- the left would be -- every show on the left would be about that, about an evil conservative doctor.

GREG GUTFELD, CO-HOST: Maybe if the fetus was in Gitmo it would get an editorial in The New York Times.

ANDREA TANTAROS, CO-HOST: Or needed birth control.

GUTFELD: Yes. I guess Gosnell said he would provide the same care to his daughter that he would to these babies. He must really hate his daughter. There was some media, recently The Atlantic did a piece on the anti-abortion protest in the Philadelphia area, and basically said it's the pro-lifers who are at fault for scaring women away from seeking help, which is an amazing contortionist for pro-choice writer to make when you see something so horrible and say it's the pro-lifer's fault. It is crazy. I mean, this is a crime against not just children but poor minority children.

Where is Sharpton? Where is Jesse Jackson? Donna Brazile's first instinct was to go on Twitter and to criticize "The Five." These are black babies that are dying.

BOB BECKEL, CO-HOST: The fact is that the press has picked up a lot in the last few days since we began to push this at Fox. I give a lot of credit, by the way, to Kirsten Powers, a liberal annual list here at fox who called out the mainstream media for not covering this story. And she deserves a lot of credit for that.

But it is now happening more and more. So, I think it will happen however late. It deserves to get the coverage that we were talking about. But it's starting to happen.

TANTAROS: The president could have been a little more angry with his response or stern with something like this.

GUTFELD: He can't.

TANTAROS: Well, I know he doesn't want upset the pro-choice lobby and he's probably hiding behind the excuse that I can't comment on ongoing trial. Remember when Nixon commented on the Manson trial, and then Manson held up, Nixon commented on my trial, he had a mistrial.

I don't believe that because the trial actually has commented on the beer summit, issues of race, local issues. He calls Sandra Fluke. So, it's odd that he wouldn't comment on this.

The point quickly on the media though, this doctor, Gosnell, actually embarrassed the media, Kimberly. He actually got The New York Times to come out and write an explanation for why they haven't covered it. Oh, it was chaotic in the newsroom. And then they go after people who think it's more. It's a conspiracy.

Let me read you some of the things that they have covered. A trial in Russia for a (INAUDIBLE) a defunct French firm accused of global breast implant swindle. They have covered other cases.

BOLLING: Can I add one to your list of things that President Obama -- trials President Obama has spoken about. During the trial George Zimmerman, he said, if I had a son he would look like Trayvon. He said that.

Also, the media as far as media coverage, Newtown. Newtown is -- people in the media are blaming the NRA for Newtown. There is no question they are doing that. Can we blame Planned Parenthood for this?

GUTFELD: I have got to point out President Obama did comment extensively on something like this when he was senator. And he felt it was wrong to get in between the patient and the abortionist if the baby was born alive and he said that the abortionist would never let that happen. That's why he is on very thin ice when he can't talk about this sort of stuff.

How does this thing happen? When two of the three parties involved benefit from a cover-up, the patient and the abortionist doesn't want this baby to be born alive. That's why you don't hear about this stuff, and the baby can't say, hey, I'm alive.

GUILFOYLE: Yes, doesn't have a voice.

But we do have a voice here on "The Five." I will be going back down there on Friday to give you live coverage from the courtroom as the prosecution will be wrapping up their case. Sure to be some powerful testimony, hopefully meaningful that will really add to this debate.

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