Emails Contradict Kickstarter CEO’s Claim Gosnell Movie Wasn’t Rejected

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The CEO of is denying that his crowdfunding site censored a campaign for a new documentary on abortionist Kermit Gosnell.

The filmmakers behind the project say they have the emails proving Kickstarter wouldn’t go forward unless certain disturbing language about Gosnell’s crimes was removed from their marketing pitch. Yet a quick glance around existing Kickstarter projects shows campaigns with imagery that hardly appears suitable for general consumption.

Kickstarter CEO Yancy Strickler defended his site against censorship charges regarding the Gosnell project today via Twitter.

McAleer sent Breitbart News emails detailing how the company did not want to run the campaign as originally composed due to the description of Gosnell’s crimes, particularly the phrase, “1000s of babies stabbed to death.”

Once McAleer’s team withdrew their campaign and media outlets began contacting Kickstarter, the company sent a belated acceptance offer but with “censorious conditions attached,” according to McAleer.

The following language is from Kickstarter’s acceptance missive:

When we find things that are objectionable, whether they were missed during review (we’re sorry, but it happens!) or they were added after the fact, we remove projects from our site’s browse functionality until they’re fixed. In extreme cases, we remove the project altogether.

McAleer, who called that language an “intolerable threat to the project,” recalls Strickler telling CBS Morning News recently that Kickstarter exists to offer diverse ideas. The filmmaker says that hardly appears the case.

“They don’t like any ideas that might bring diversity of thought to the abortion issue. They hide behind ‘community guidelines,'” he says.

While those “guidelines” meant the film’s campaign couldn’t print material from court transcripts or quote from the grand jury report describing Gosnell’s crimes, they didn’t appear to stop the use of questionable imagery from other Kickstarter campaigns.

Co-director Ann McElhinney said it’s ironic that a film that deals, in part, with media censorship should face similar sanctions.

“We withdrew [from Kickstarter] because we wanted to tell the truth about the crimes of Kermit Gosnell. The media failed to cover his trial–the trail of the biggest serial killer in American history,” she says. “This was censorship. It’s partly what inspired us to make this movie.”

Co-Producer Magdalena Segieda grew up in Communist Poland, a country where freedom of speech wasn’t permitted.

“I take these issues very seriously. That’s why I love America and the freedoms it allows.

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They decided to use crowdfunding site Indiegogo.

And Kickstarter then approved a film glorifying former late-term abortionist George Tiller and other abortionists like him currently performing the procedure.