These screenshots taken the morning of Friday, April 12, 2013.
All Gosnell searches from phrase “Kermit Gosnell.” Casey Anthony searches from phrase “Casey Anthony.” Tiger Woods search from “‘Tiger Woods’ divorce,” and Mike Rice (Rutgers coach who verbally berated his players) search from “Mike Rice.”
Tiger Woods was used to demonstrate attention given to an celeb story. Casey Anthony to demonstrate attention given to a local crime story. Mike Rice was used because the timeframe with the Gosnell trial overlaps.
It is true that the Anthony trial is in the books and has been for a while. It should be expected more would be written by a later date. However, the attention before, during and since her trial is Everest in comparison to the anthill of coverage given Gosnell. And, Gosnell’s story is not new; only the trial is. His clinic was busted in 2010.
Remember: bias is not only about covering news wrongly. It is also about covering news or not covering it based on what is deemed “newsworthy.” Such a bias is more arguably more dangerous because it is more subtle.