1. Fox News’ Bret Baier — March 21
Before the case was thrust into the national spotlight by pro-life activists, Fox News’ Baier covered the Kermit Gosnell trial as early as March 21 for his show "Special Report."
Substitute hosts for Baier’s program – John Roberts and Chris Wallace – also featured coverage from the trial in recent weeks.
Baier also returned to the case on Friday, April 12, reminding viewers that his team would continue to follow the story.
2. Fox News’ Megyn Kelly – Friday, April 12, 1:30 p.m.
“I hope that the viewers and you will forgive me, I don’t know how I feel about covering this, if I weren’t pregnant, but I am six months pregnant and I really don’t want to discuss the details of these abortions,” Fox News’ Megyn Kelly explained as she brought up the story on her afternoon program.
Kelly featured a discussion with the Daily Beast’s Kirsten Powers and Mollie Hemingway from GetReligion.org to discuss the media’s role in covering the case.
“The problem is that, Kirsten, is that we in media don’t get to decide what the news is,” Kelly explained. “I didn’t want to discuss 20 dead 6-year-olds in Newtown, Conn., either but that was the news and we had no choice but to cover it.”
3. CNN’s Jake Tapper – Friday, April 12, 4 p.m.
“A warning to viewers, the details can be a little gruesome, it was a scene the Philadelphia district attorney called a ‘house of horrors,’ blood-stained blankets, expired drugs, dirty surgical equipment,” CNN’s Jake Tapper said as he opened his program. “A horrible stench clinging to — we’re talking about the abortion clinic where Dr. Gosnell allegedly killed babies who had survived illegal late-term abortions and where a woman allegedly died of a botched pain-killer injection.”
Tapper brought on the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Joseph A. Slobodzian to discuss the case and featured footage from a documentary on the clinic titled "3801 Lancaster."
4. CNN’s Anderson Cooper – Friday, April 12, 8 p.m.
“The question is, how could this have gone on for so long with no one complaining to state authorities? It turns out there were plenty of complaints, but the state didn’t shut the clinic down,” Cooper said.
Cooper also featured footage from the documentary "3801 Lancaster" and interviewed director David Altrogge.
5. MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough – Monday, April 15, 6:48 a.m.
“The stories that have come out of that clinic are graphic and horrific, they are hard to read,” MSNBC host Joe Scarborough noted this morning. “I’ve got to say after reading them, you know, I felt — I felt as repulsed as I did as after I read the details of Newtown.”
Scarborough also brought on Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Joseph Slobodzian to discuss the details of the story.
Later, Scarborough had a panel discussion with BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith; Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn.; and Bob Herbert to discuss the story.
Scarborough reminded the audience that his own child was born prematurely and survived.
“We are talking about babies,” Scarborough said during this discussion. “This is beyond late-term abortion. Babies. Thirty weeks killed — allegedly killed (at) 30 weeks. My son was born 27, 28 weeks, and as I walk through the NICU unit, there were a lot of kids, a lot of babies were at 24 weeks.”