A pro-life activist, James Pouillon was shot and killed on Friday because, the defendant, Harlan Drake, “was offended by the manner of Mr. Puillon’s message.”  Compared to coverage that George Tiller received when he was shot and killed the coverage surrounding this shooting has been pretty sparse.  My hometown paper, The Des Moines Register, nada.

It took President Obama two days to make any type of statement on this shooting.  He said the following yesterday:

President Barack Obama is calling the shooting of a Michigan anti-abortion activist "deplorable."

The White House on Sunday released a statement from the president on the shooting of James Pouillon. Obama says that "whichever side of a public debate you’re on, violence is never the right answer."

So far, nothing mentioned on the White House website.  Compared the statement above, to what President Obama said a couple of hours after George Tiller was shot and killed.

I am shocked and outraged by the murder of Dr. George Tiller as he attended church services this morning.  However profound our differences as Americans over difficult issues such as abortion, they cannot be resolved by heinous acts of violence.

I’m glad that he made the statement that violence on both sides is “deplorable,” but isn’t he shocked and outraged by this?  I wonder if he’ll call for an investigation?  Honestly I don’t really want him to do that because it isn’t a federal matter, just like the killing of Dr. George Tiller wasn’t a federal matter.  Well this isn’t the first time that we can see contrasting statements with President Obama before.

Then then there is the media silence on this shooting which really didn’t get much national media attention until President Obama made his statement today.  The New York Times today felt like it was appropriate to note that Pouillon “loved the controversy that his protests generated.”  I’m sure he did.  People were discussing the issue, but I doubt that he would have loved this.

Then there is silence from the pro-abortion groups.  Many anti-abortion groups and myself condemned the shooting of Dr. George Tiller.  It is inconsistent with a pro-life stance.  It was deplorable.  I’ll be waiting for Planned Parenthood’s and NARAL’s statement.  I may be waiting a long time.

I’m not saying that this event makes any type of statement about how pro-choice crowd acts, just like I don’t think Dr. Tiller’s murder says anything, by and large, about the pro-life crowd.  But compared to the attention that Dr. Tiller received, while I understand that he was more of a national figure than Pouillon, still the silence on Pouillon’s murder has been deafening.  And that I think speaks volumes.

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      1. @Shane Vander Hart, Do you think Fox gave it equal or better coverage to the Tiller murder? Guess I am just wondering who in the media reports things like this if Fox doesn’t? Looks like Glenn Beck didn’t cover it today (http://www.glennbeck.com/content/radio/) and it looks like Rush (http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/home/today.guest.html) snubbed it too. Maybe it is just a question of economics Shane.. even for the “pro-life” ideologues.
        .-= Kansas Bob´s last blog ..Unbearable Sorrow =-.

      2. @Kansas Bob, Fox News did cover the Tiller murder, so I don’t know. I didn’t watch much TV on Friday, so I don’t know what kind of coverage it got after it happened. The papers by and large ignored it.

        You could be right – also with 9/11 and then the 9/12 tea party in DC Fox News were pretty big topics for them. I was still surprised to see that my paper didn’t have anything at all, not even an AP wire.

        It shouldn’t be surprising though, they didn’t cover Van Jones, ACORN or the 9/12 tea party and that was pretty true across the board.

  1. There was an article in the KC Star yesterday on it and I saw it covered on the local NBC news over the weekend. Guess KC is covering the story ok IMO. Maybe you need to start watching NBC or move down here 🙂
    .-= Kansas Bob´s last blog ..Unbearable Sorrow =-.

  2. Rachael Maddow covered it and noted that it would be first case of the murder of a pro-life protester. She found it terrible and wrong. What I think makes this case a bit sketchy is that the murderer didn’t just target Pouillon but also killed and tried to kill others unrelated to Pouillon’s protesting, on the same spree.
    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gs85ZcvkuS2Kgd4tuOwBy6YFaQBAD9ANHOU81

    As for the virtue of digging deeper:
    From a Flint MI newspaper http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2009/09/owosso_antiabortion_activists.html
    Lori Lamerand, president and Chief Executive Officer of Planned Parenthood East Central Michigan, also expressed shock and sadness at the news.

    “We want to be very clear that we have no idea if this was related to his views, but Planned Parenthood would never condone any sort of violence against anyone, regardless of their views,” said Lamerand.

    “So far, nothing mentioned on the White House website.”

    Obama issued a statement on Sunday, calling it deplorable and saying that violence is never the answer.
    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/09/13/obama-calls-shooting-anti-abortion-activist-deplorable/?test=latestnews

  3. I am a Theatre Major graduate so, I always try to see other peoples point of view. So I don’t want any “You are a closed minded such and such…”

    The silience regarding the killling of the pro life protester is nothing like the silence on the story that broke about a year ago. (I wish I could remember the specifics) of a pair of same sex attraction individuals captured and tourtured and raped and killed an underage child. I think it was onthe east coast.

  4. I live 12 miles from Owosso. Mr Pouilion’s murder has made the local papers every day since it happened. Nationally I have seen very little coverage of James’ murder. Personally, I have seen Mr. Pouillon and his signs many times for at least a decade.

    Thoughts from his son, a podiatrist, show a different man than what the media shows him.

    http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2009/09/james_m_pouillon_criticizes_fa.html
    .-= WadeHM´s last blog ..Well Know Anti-Abortion Activist Shot & Killed =-.

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