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“Heavily edited.” … “Deceptively edited.”
These are the de rigueur, “don’t you forget it” modifiers faithfully deployed – by Planned Parenthood and its elite media allies alike –to describe damning undercover videos captured by citizen journalists at the Center for Medical Progress.
Not sure how one would be unaware at this hour, but CMP caught high-level Planned Parenthood officials – on video in their own words – negotiating prices for aborted babies’ eyeballs, hearts, lungs, livers, spinal cords, and brains. You’d expect that these would be grim-whisper conversations, but no.
Planned Parenthood employees are seen masticating salads, dreaming of Lamborghinis, yuckety-yucking about how their “busy day” resulted in a big freezer sack full of “cases,” and picking through a tray of baby body parts, climatically proclaiming “Another boy!” Their tone was easy-breezy when describing how to “crush” just right and exposing Planned Parenthood’s willingness to consider illegally altering abortion procedures (a “less crunchy technique”) in order to pluck out the freshest, smoothest organs for “fetal tissue” dealers.
It’s no wonder that Planned Parenthood’s first public move was to apologize for the “tone” of senior executive Dr. Deborah Nucatola, who starred in the first released video. Just before bolting the panic room door, Planned Parenthood blurted “heavily edited” at its journo-prop stenographers, who were witnessed hastily pasting the phrase on the inside cover of their stylebooks.
Before long, Planned Parenthood paid Fusion GPS, a partisan opposition research firm with little discernible experience in forensic investigation, to put the Seal of Real on its favorite shiny object. Though the report conceded there was no “widespread evidence of substantive video manipulation,” it was up-up-and-away with the narrative.
“Make sure NO ONE watches those videos” was the order.
Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards appeared Sept. 29 before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Richards waved the “deceptively edited” banner with great vigor. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman demanded that the Fusion GPS report be entered into the record.
Committee chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz countered, revealing that another analysis of the videos had been completed. Only this one was a thorough analysis of the full videos by a legitimate independent forensics and cybersecurity company whose clients include Fortune 500 companies.
Coalfire Systems issued a report Monday (commissioned by my employer Alliance Defending Freedom) which found that 10 full-footage videos the Center for Medical Progress recorded while undercover at Planned Parenthood facilities and related locations “are authentic and show no evidence of manipulation or editing.”
Now, we don’t expect Planned Parenthood to throw up its collective bloody hands and say “Okay, you’re right. The videos totally busted us.”
But what of the elite media, which oozed and gooed at the Fusion GPS hackery? As I punch this out, not one of Planned Parenthood’s liquid-luggers at the New York Times, Politico, Washington Post, et al., has so much as responded with a “thanks, got it” when the contra-narrative arrived in their inboxes (and it arrived in all of their inboxes and even some Twitter feeds).
I get it. The more real the videos are perceived to be, the more likely people are to watch them. And the more people watch them — the more they know the truth about Planned Parenthood’s inestimable barbarism — the more likely they are to support cutting off the taxpayer cash flow once-and-for-all.