Columnist: CNN said ‘small staff’ means no reporter to cover Gosnell trial

http://twitter.com/#!/jdmullane/status/323236176448323585

Unreal.

J.D. Mullane is the Bucks County Courier Times columnist who took the photo of the empty rows of media seating at the Kermit Gosnell trial. His column titled “What I saw at the Gosnell trial” is a must-read.

According to Mullane, someone from CNN called to question the accuracy of his courtroom photo. Mullane’s pitch-perfect response was boom-worthy: “Go to Philly & see.” That’s when he says he was told a “small staff” made sending a reporter impossible.

It took an incredible social media push by online activists to shame the national media into covering the murder trial of Kermit Gosnell. CNN’s Jake Tapper, Erin Burnett and Anderson Cooper devoted segments to the Gosnell trial on Friday. But will CNN have a reporter in the courtroom on Monday?

A CNN Radio correspondent reached out to Mullane via Twitter to question the “purportedly” empty seats in the Philly courtroom.

@jdmullane There’s a photo going around purportedly showing empty seats in the courtroom. Is this accurate?

— Steve Kastenbaum (@SKastenbaumCNN) April 12, 2013

There’s an easy way to verify that.

@skastenbaumcnn Why doesn’t CNN go to Courtroom 304 at the Gosnell murder trial n Philly and see for itself.

— jdmullane (@jdmullane) April 12, 2013

Steve Kastenbaum didn’t answer the question and got increasingly defensive.

@jdmullane Just asking you a question,didn’t realize the photo came directly from your twitter feed. Saw it elsewhere first @sarahhoyecnn

— Steve Kastenbaum (@SKastenbaumCNN) April 12, 2013

@kjmac6 I was asking @jdmullane if pic was correctly attributed to him, I saw it elsewhere first, just getting confirmation.

— Steve Kastenbaum (@SKastenbaumCNN) April 12, 2013

@bwellgroup I read your feed, didn’t know folks want commentary like telling Sarah Silverman to have sex with her cat. Sorry I’ll try harder

— Steve Kastenbaum (@SKastenbaumCNN) April 14, 2013

CNN, your number one source for everything Poop Cruise-related:

@porchphilosophy @skastenbaumcnn Remember when CNN had wall to wall coverage of the”Poop Cruise” ship, the Carnival liner stuck at sea?

— jdmullane (@jdmullane) April 12, 2013

Mullane confirmed to Kastenbaum what he wrote in his column: the photo is accurate.

@skastenbaumcnn @sarahhoyecnn It’s accurate, sadly.

— jdmullane (@jdmullane) April 12, 2013

Will the courtroom look any different when the trial resumes this week?

@jdmullane Thank you for bringing ethics back to journalism. Wish there were more like you.

— lifebythecreek (@lifebythecreek) April 12, 2013

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Full Twitchy coverage of Kermit Gosnell