NBC's Guthrie Fails To Question Obama On DNC's Excision of 'Safe, Legal, and Rare' Clause On Abortion

As NewsBusters colleague Kyle Drennan reported today, NBC’s Savannah Guthrie asked if President Obama was following the Gosnell case, or NBC’s reporting of it.   He dodged the question, but at least NBC acknowledges that a case is actually going on in Philadelphia. The president answered:

Well, I'm familiar with it. I can't comment on it because it's an active trial. What I can say is this. I think President Clinton said it pretty well when he said abortion should be safe, legal and rare. If an individual carrying out an abortion, operating a clinic or doing anything else, is violating medical ethics, violating the law, then they should be prosecuted.

Guthrie failed to ask any follow ups on this, but a sharp reporter might have shot back that “safe, legal, and rare” was language that was actually excised from the Democratic Party platform in Charlotte last year. The platform committee was, of course, stacked with Obama acolytes and included Nancy Kennan, President of NARAL Pro-Choice America.

What's more, the committee’s size was very small, numbering about fifteen members, helping to ensure that the message was tightly controlled. Suffice it to say, no pro-life Democrats were on the committee and their recommendations were all summarily ignored.