From the September 28 edition of Fox News' Special Report with Bret Baier:
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From the September 27 edition of NBC's Meet the Press:
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Fox News Senior Vice President Neil Cavuto promoted a series of deceptively-edited videos released by the anti-choice Center for Medial Progress (CMP) by claiming that the tapes "were not edited or strung together." In fact, CMP's videos were deceptively edited in numerous instances, including in cases of videos described by CMP as "full footage."
During the September 25 broadcast of his Fox Business Network show Cavuto: Coast to Coast, Cavuto responded to critics pointing out that the CMP videos are edited and "did not represent what Planned Parenthood was really about" by falsely claiming, "I made a point when these [CMP] videos came out of picking any one of them -- which were not edited or strung together -- picking out an objectionable part and playing it at home. There was not a lot of doctoring going on there." Cavuto then hosted CMP founder David Daleiden, giving him a platform to promote falsehoods about Planned Parenthood and the CMP video stings:
During the segment, Cavuto asked Daleiden about critics' claims CMP's tapes are "strung together, doctored, and edited," leading Daleiden to claim, "The fact is we post the full footage of the conversations with the Planned Parenthood directors and executives on our YouTube channel for everybody to see."
In reality, an independent analysis commissioned by Planned Parenthood and conducted by forensic experts of the first seven CMP-released videos found "42 instances in which CMP edited out content from the short as well as so-called full versions of the tapes." Multiple other sources have come to the same conclusion and official investigations have cleared Planned Parenthood of any wrongdoing.
Daleiden also said on the program: "It's been a good 15 years" since the issue of illegal sales of fetal tissue has been discussed. He did not mention that he modeled his own campaign against Planned Parenthood based on the work done 15 years ago by the discredited anti-choice group Life Dynamics whose star witness, a medical technician named Lawrence Dean Alberty, admitted to lying to Life Dynamics about having witnessed illegal activity involving fetal tissue collection and profiteering.
The veracity of what is "unedited video" from the Center for Medical Progress has become an issue in light of a subpoena issued on September 23 by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), the Chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, requesting from CMP "all unedited video footage in their possession, relating to the acquisition, preparation and sale of fetal tissue." Several GOP-led House committees have announced or begun hearings following the release of CMP's deceptively-edited videos targeting Planned Parenthood, leading to calls from some Republicans to shut down the federal government if Planned Parenthood is not defunded by Congress.
On September 25, attorneys for Planned Parenthood submitted a letter to both Chaffetz and House Oversight Committee Ranking Member Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), which included a document from former FBI forensic video/audio analyst Douglas Lacey, pointing out the committee's request of footage from CMP was not specific enough. According to this expert, "source footage" is needed from the anti-choice group -- "the actual original recording saved on the recording device" - and only upon review of that will the committee be able to "verify with any confidence the authenticity of a video recording and determine whether it has been edited or altered."
The letter "urge[d] the Committee to insist that Mr. Daleiden and CMP produce nothing short of the complete, original 'source footage' from each device used to record Planned Parenthood personnel."
Deceptively-edited videos produced by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) alleging that Planned Parenthood is illegally handling fetal tissue echo claims made 15 years ago by the anti-choice group Life Dynamics, which fell apart under scrutiny. CMP founder David Daleiden has cited a 2000 campaign by Life Dynamics and its leader, Mark Crutcher, as the inspiration behind his own group's smear campaign against Planned Parenthood.
Fox Business host Stuart Varney praised a misleading campaign video ad produced by a super PAC supporting Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina without mentioning that the ad contains deceptively-edited audio and video aimed at smearing Planned Parenthood and defending Fiorina's previous lies about the organization.
The conservative media-fueled campaign to permanently defund Planned Parenthood would lead to a net increase in government spending of $130 million over a 10-year period, according to a new report from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO).
Conservative media have been championing Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood since the anti-choice Center for Medical Progress began releasing a series of videos falsely claiming to show Planned Parenthood officials "selling aborted baby parts." Although the videos have been roundly called out by experts and journalists for "show[ing] nothing illegal" and containing selectively-edited footage -- and multiple state and federal investigations have cleared the health care provider of any wrongdoing -- the videos nonetheless continue to prompt calls to defund the reproductive health organization.
Defunding Planned Parenthood would mean the elimination of critical family planning services, wellness checks, STD testing, and cervical and breast cancer screenings for millions of Americans -- a grim reality that right-wing media is doing its best to deny by claiming that community health clinics could absorb Planned Parenthood's patients, a scenario health care experts agree would be impossible.
In a September 22 report, CBO projected that permanently defunding Planned Parenthood "would increase direct spending by $130 million over the 2016-2025 period." From an article on the report in The Hill (emphasis added):
The CBO, Congress's nonpartisan scorekeeper, projects that defunding Planned Parenthood would actually end up increasing government spending, because it would result in more unplanned births as women lost access to services such as contraception. Medicaid would have to pay for some of those births, and some of the children themselves would then end up qualifying for Medicaid and other government programs.
So while CBO estimates that cutting off federal funds to Planned Parenthood would reduce spending by $520 million 10 ten years, it would also increase spending by $650 million over that period. The net effect is an increase in spending of $130 million.
Vox reported on September 16 that the CBO reported in July that "as many as 630,000 Planned Parenthood patients could lose access to birth control, STD screening, and other reproductive health services if the organization loses its federal funding." From Vox (emphasis added):
As many as 630,000 Planned Parenthood patients could lose access to birth control, STD screening, and other reproductive health services if the organization loses its federal funding, the Congressional Budget Office estimated Tuesday.
The House is scheduled to vote later this week on the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015, which would bar the federal government from funding the group for one year. In debating the act, there's been significant argument over what would happen to Planned Parenthood patients if the group lost federal funding -- whether they would simply transition to other health-care providers or whether they would not find replacements.
CBO, for its part, says it would be a mixed bag: Of Planned Parenthood's 2.6 million patients, the agency estimates that between 130,000 and 630,000 "would face reduced access to care."
"The people most likely to experience reduced access to care would probably reside in areas without access to other health care clinics or medical practitioners who serve low-income populations," the agency concludes.
The New York Times editorial board called out the GOP's latest attempt to "play brinkmanship" with the federal budget, with some "even threatening to shut down the government" to wage their "political campaign against Planned Parenthood." The Times said that the campaign against the reproductive health organization is based on deceptive smear videos, and ultimately comes down to denying women "the healthcare they need" and obstructing the functioning of government.
The Times editorial board explained September 24 that the Republican campaign against Planned Parenthood was renewed after a series of deceptively-edited videos by the anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress (CMP) were released. The videos showed "Planned Parenthood officials discussing fetal-tissue donation, which is legal and critical for medical research," but Republicans have echoed right-wing media to claim "they are evidence that Planned Parenthood illegally profits by selling aborted fetuses and should therefore be stripped of federal money."
The editorial board also highlighted how the consequences of the "political campaign against Planned Parenthood," come down to "denying women, especially poor women, the health care they need," and "obstructing the budget process and the smooth functioning of government":
The latest phase of this campaign began in July with deceptive videos by anti-abortion activists. The videos showed Planned Parenthood officials discussing fetal-tissue donation, which is legal and critical for medical research. Republicans say the videos are evidence that Planned Parenthood illegally profits by selling aborted fetuses and should therefore be stripped of federal money.
Congress is not the only venue for this campaign. On "Fox News Sunday," Carly Fiorina insisted that the anti-abortion video shows a kicking fetus being kept alive so its brain can be harvested, an image she also invoked in last week's debate. It shows no such thing. Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey said this week that Planned Parenthood, with President Obama's support, is engaged in the "systematic murder of children in the womb" in order to sell body parts.
Abortions are a small part of Planned Parenthood's services and tissue donation a very small part. No federal money is spent on abortions at Planned Parenthood; most of its services are for contraception, health screenings, pregnancy tests and prenatal care for low-income women.
The Republican obsession with the group seems to come to this: denying women, especially poor women, the health care they need; pandering for primary votes among Tea Party regulars; and obstructing the budget process and the smooth functioning of government. Quite a record.
Right-wing media have paved the way for a government shutdown by championing Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood despite a growing list of investigations that have found no wrongdoing by the health provider.
From the September 23 edition of Premiere Radio Networks' The Sean Hannity Show:
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Conservative media have paved the way for a government shutdown by championing Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood and uncritically hyping deceptively-edited smear videos by the Center for Medical Progress -- even though state and federal investigations continue to find no wrongdoing by the health provider.
Fox News' John Roberts hyped Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina's "scorching response" to a question about Planned Parenthood at the CNN Republican primary debate without noting that her response contained a falsehood about the deceptively-edited videos.
During the September 21 edition of Fox News' Special Report, senior national correspondent John Roberts interviewed Fiorina in a pre-recorded segment regarding her debate performance and her personal background. During the segment, Roberts said the biggest moment of the debate for her was her "scorching response to a question on Planned Parenthood," where Fiorina claimed that smear videos by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) showed "a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking while someone says we have to keep it alive to harvest its brains." Fiorina claimed in the interview that her debate answer was "about the character of our nation" and "most people who actually have the courage to watch those tapes know that instinctively as well":
JOHN ROBERTS: While she had many moments during the debate, the biggest was her scorching response to a question on Planned Parenthood. As we walked the streets of Mackinac Island, Michigan Saturday, she told me that moment was completely unscripted.
CARLY FIORINA: I wasn't delivering a line. I hadn't prepared that line, I didn't know that question was coming. I was just speaking from the heart. I feel so strongly about that. It is about the character of our nation. And I think most people who actually have the courage to watch those tapes know that instinctively as well. It really has nothing to do with pro-life or pro-choice.
Nowhere in the interview or aired segment does Roberts note that Fiorina's claim was false. As some in the media have noted, the CMP videos did not contain such footage, and the footage Fiorina claimed was filmed at Planned Parenthood was instead added by another anti-choice group. Los Angeles Times columnist Michael Hiltzik on September 18 wrote that "[t]he news media haven't done enough to call out Fiorina's claims" about the videos.
LA Times columnist Michael Hiltzik asserted that "the news media haven't done enough to call out" the false claims Carly Fiorina made about Planned Parenthood during last week's Republican presidential debate, explaining that her statements about the women's healthcare provider are "a pure fabrication."
Following CNN's Republican presidential debate, media praised Fiorina for calling to defund Planned Parenthood and falsely claiming that smear videos by the Center for Medical Progress showed "a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking while someone says we have to keep it alive to harvest its brains." MSNBC's Joe Scarborough called the comment one of the "most memorable moments of the night," and Fox News asserted it would "really vault her in the polls."
In a September 18 column for The LA Times, Hiltzik asserted "the news media haven't done enough to call out Fiorina's claims," explaining that although some in the media have fact-checked her false Planned Parenthood smear, she has repeatedly "doubled down on her misrepresentation" and noting that "Fiorina's history shows that one of her character flaws is an inability to admit when she's wrong and accept blame":
Defunding Planned Parenthood has become a shibboleth for Republican presidential aspirants: As a legislator or governor, you can't stand as a credible candidate unless you've defunded the organization in your state or voted to do so.
Former Hewlett-Packard CEO and Chairman Carly Fiorina can't compete on this score, never having ever held political office. So at this week's GOP debate she raised the ante, making the most extreme statement about Planned Parenthood of anyone in the field.
"As regards Planned Parenthood," she said, "anyone who has watched this videotape, I dare Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama to watch these tapes. Watch a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking while someone says we have to keep it alive to harvest its brain."
This is a pure fabrication. Fiorina is referring to the surreptitious videotapes distributed by the inaptly named anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress. The tapes have been conclusively discredited as heavily edited misrepresentations, but not even the "full" versions (though also somewhat edited, according to a Planned Parenthood analysis) show the scene Fiorina describes. Sarah Kliff at Vox, who has viewed every tape in full, provides a helpful guide to finding the scenes shot inside Planned Parenthood clinical laboratories.
The news media haven't done enough to call out Fiorina's claims. By the nature of the format, CNN's debate moderator, Jake Tapper, was in no position to set the record straight, and Fiorina's rivals, jostling to take center stage as Planned Parenthood's leading nemesis, weren't about to do so. But Stephanopoulos countered her statement by citing unnamed "analysts who have watched all 12 plus hours" of the Center for Medical Progress tapes--doesn't "Good Morning America" have the staff to view the tapes themselves? In a typically pusillanimous ruling, fact-checking website PolitiFact rated Fiorina's statement "mostly false," though its own report makes clear that there isn't a speck of truth in it. David Brooks of the New York Times praises her "genius for creating signature moments," but doesn't give a moment's thought to how fact-challenged they are. Doesn't that matter?
Fiorina's history shows that one of her character flaws is an inability to admit when she's wrong and accept blame; in her telling, the responsibility for her abject failure as head of Hewlett-Packard belongs to everyone except herself.
From the September 18 edition of MSNBC's MSNBC Live:
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From the September 18 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:
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From the September 17 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor:
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From the September 17 edition of Fox News' Special Report with Bret Baier:
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