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Networks give pro-abortion Texas Sen. Wendy Davis three times coverage of entire Kermit Gosnell trial

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Her filibuster of a Texas anti-abortion law lasted just 13 hours, but a new report reveals that the Big Three networks gave Democratic Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis three times as much coverage as the entire 58-day murder trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell.

According to the Culture and Media Institute, ABC, NBC, and CBS turned Davis into an abortion hero by devoting 40 minutes, 48 seconds of their morning and evening news programs to her June 25 filibuster, which was eventually pushed aside when the legislature approved tighter abortion restrictions.

By comparison, the networks provided 13 minutes and 30 seconds to the Gosnell trial and only after conservative groups demanded coverage of the horrific Philadelphia trial.

"This is an epic example of how 'journalists' spin the news," said Culture and Media Institute Vice President Dan Gainor. "The broadcast networks only reluctantly cover when an abortion doctor turns baby butcher, but when an unknown politician gives a pro-abortion filibuster she becomes an instant celebrity. ABC, CBS and NBC have become little more than liberal front groups."

The report from the conservative group noted how the filibuster was just a local story, but was covered like a national scandal. Before the networks covered the end of the Gosnell trial, media officials excused the lack of national coverage by calling it a local Philadelphia story.

"Numbers don't do justice to the fawning nature of Davis' coverage," said the Center.

The coverage helped bring Davis to the attention of national women's groups like Emily's List who placed her on a watchlist for the 2016 presidential race.

Paul Bedard, The Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.

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