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April 26, 2013

Abortion doc's trial deserves coverage

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Here in our coverage area, the recent murder-suicide of a Walton couple and eventual discovery of a third victim (Police: Man dead ‘days’ before Walton fire, Feb. 27) was so stunning and unusual that The Associated Press deemed it worthy of a story on its news wire service.

Part of the role of journalists is to objectively determine what news value each story has, and the sort of treatment it deserves. There are some readers who wouldn’t be satisfied with anything less than the Gosnell trial leading Page 1 of our newspaper each day, while others may think Gosnell is nothing more than “a local crime story.”

If you feel the Gosnell story hasn’t been given enough space in our paper, that’s probably because of the number of other national stories that merit space on a particular day. It’s certainly not the product of a media conspiracy to conceal information about abortion clinics from our readers.

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