Leaked emails show that National Public Radio (NPR) refused to allow a potential sponsor to use the words “abortion doctor” in an ad referring to notorious abortionist Kermit Gosnell – even though NPR had used the term several times in the past in its own stories about him.

In August, John Sullivan, the executive producer of the upcoming film Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer tried to purchase a sponsorship for NPR’s Fresh Air program. The ad copy initially referred to Gosnell as an “abortionist.”

But, NPR told Sullivan that the ad could not refer to Gosnell as an “abortionist,” The Daily Beast reports:

“The proposed ad was as follows, ‘Support for this NPR program comes from the film Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer. The film is the true story of abortionist Kermit Gosnell. A story the mainstream media tried to cover up because it reveals the truth about abortion.’

“According to e-mails provided to The Daily Beast, NPR’s representative ran it up the legal flagpole and came back with a disappointing answer. In addition to other minor tweaks to the wording, their response stated, “The word ‘abortionist’ will also need to be changed to the neutral word ‘doctor.’”

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