In terms of understanding our changed relationship with media. First, the context:
Recently, we got the news that
“Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer” surpassed box office expectations upon its release last week by entering into the Top 10 grossing films with a revenue of $1,235,000 on just 668 screens.
Despite the solid performance for an independent film of this sort, nearly 200 theaters have inexplicably dropped the film, including those in major cities where it was performing the strongest. Coming into its second week, “Gosnell” has dropped from 668 theaters to 480 theaters — a full 188 theater drop, 15 of which were top-performing multiplexes.
Conversely, the filmmakers have received varying reports of theaters actively preventing customers from buying a ticket by not advertising the film or declaring it “sold out” before capacity is reached. While some of those situations may be the result of human error, Sullivan says the apparent blackballing is too consistent to go ignored. Paul Bois, “EXCLUSIVE: ‘Gosnell’ Being Dropped From Movie Theaters Despite Solid Performance” at Daily Wire
From Gabriel Hays at LifeNews:
Media Ignore “Gosnell” Movie, But Viewers Give It a 99% Rating at Rotten Tomatoes
In one of the film’s most pivotal scenes, however, these attorneys pull up to a quiet and sparsely populated courthouse, with hardly any media presence whatsoever. A poignant moment is depicted when every single bench — reserved for journalists — is shown empty. Detective James Wood (actor Dean Cain) asks, “Where is everybody?” MRC Culture’s own Katie Yoder was one of the only reporters at the real life trial in 2013, being one of a small handful who initially reported the media’s absence.
Lone blogger Molly Mulaney (Cyriana Fialo,) who spends much of the film helping the prosecutors build their case, photographs the derelict media section of the courthouse. She then posts the photo to social media, where it goes viral. Only then do members of the media acknowledge the trial, appearing in the courtroom in the final days of the proceedings. More.
Recall, if you will the report of New York Times reporters being scolded by their boss and ordered to enter the digital age… But here’s the problem: Can they enter the digital age? That would mean covering what the public wants to know, not what the progressive elite wants the public to know.
We also learn from Life news that the film stayed at 9 despite a media blackout and that Hollywood, Facebook, NPR, and Kickstarter all tried to stop the film and all failed.
Reality check: People may gradually begin to see that this isn’t only about the babies whose spines were snipped at birth. In a euthanasia society, we are all “the fetus” now and the media clearly aim to stand with the elite, the decision-makers.
Believe media if you want, about whatever you feel like, but there is no sense now in which they exist to inform the public. We will need to be our own gatekeepers.
See also: That Gosnell movie: Comments from the media (that have seen it) Reviewers below agree that it is well-crafted and does not emphasize the gore. The facts speak for themselves.