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CNN legal analyst: Gosnell media blackout a ‘business decision’ and not evidence of bias

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By Doug Powers  •  April 28, 2013 02:22 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

Talk to a lot of mainstream reporters and they’ll often lament how the corporate “bottom line” too often dictates what they are and aren’t able to report. However, as CNN’s legal analyst demonstrated, the “business decisions” excuse can provide the media convenient, albeit laughably weak, cover:

ANDERSON COOPER: Joe, you have been in the courtroom. You have been following this trial. David, obviously, you picked up on this a long time ago. There’s been a lot of criticism of mainstream media, Jeff, for not covering this in the same way they covered the Jodi Arias trial or, you know, it’s not front page news in a lot of places. This is the first night we are covering it. Why do you think that is, that it hasn’t received the kind of front page coverage of it?

JEFFREY TOOBIN, CNN senior legal analyst: Well, the people making those criticisms by and large are conservatives, who are saying the liberal media is trying to protect abortion rights by not showing this horror show. I don’t buy that at all. You know, I think, I can only speak for CNN, and my knowledge of sort of this part of the media, the New Yorker where I work, I have some sense of, you know, mainstream New York Times. They don’t cover a story, it’s a business decision. We are not operating with a political agenda here. We pick stories, by and large, for reasons that we think people will be interested. I don’t think we’re covering this up. So, I just think that’s a way of trying to ginning up their supporters.

The trial of somebody who murdered babies and maimed women isn’t a story people are interested in? For a while, CNN opted for better business decisions resulting in stories that would reel in a much larger share of news consumers, such as Mark Sanford’s “soap opera” and the “North Pond hermit” thief in Maine.

Related: And after all CNN has done for him, this is how President Obama thanks them?

Update: Erick emails bit of perspective on why Toobin might want to avoid the subject.

**Written by Doug Powers

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