During The Silly Season Don’t Even Trust The Fact Checkers

The Tampa Tribune posted an article today about one area of fallout from last week’s Republican debate. One of the parts of the debate featured Carly Fiorina talking about an undercover video of Planned Parenthood activity involving essentially dissecting a live aborted baby for its parts. The media was not in a hurry to report Ms. Fiorina’s comments and even went so far as to attempt to discredit them.

The article reports:

You know the video series, now 10 episodes presenting an increasingly dark view of Planned Parenthood’s cash-for-parts business. You know, also, if you’ve been following it at all, that traditional media outlets have spent months avoiding almost any coverage of or comment about them.

Oh, except for that frenzied moment a couple of weeks back when they thought they’d caught the producers sloppily editing even the full-footage videos from which the gritty, shorter versions were gleaned.

Never mind that it was an investigation paid for by Planned Parenthood, and that the investigators — Fusion GPS — are a left-wing outfit with a history of hostility for social conservatives (a fact omitted from any of the mainstream coverage), and that the Center for Medical Progress — producers of the series — swiftly posted the dropped footage (the content of which turned out the be even more problematic for America’s biggest abortion provider).

To the extent there was any reporting on the Fusion GPS investigation by Big Media, it was essentially stenographer service for Planned Parenthood, and that was enough for pro-abortion pundits to declare the whole business debunked. Enough of that. Back to extracting Hillary Clinton from her self-imposed fix.

But it wasn’t debunked, of course. And episode 10, released this week, presents Planned Parenthood officials, once more thinking they’re talking to fellow travelers in the baby parts trade, in full mercantile mode, sounding more like wholesale butchers than essential providers of women’s medical needs. Which, come to think of it, sums up the situation precisely.

The Planned Parenthood videos are edited, but they are accurate. How Americans react to what is going on will tell us a lot about how civilized we are as opposed to how civilized we think we are. I find it ironic that many politicians think nothing about demonizing corporations for their profits (actually corporations are in business to make profits, pay their stockholders, and engage in commerce), but will not demonize Planned Parenthood for making a profit off of selling aborted baby parts while taking money from taxpayers, lobbying Congress and being paid off by Planned Parenthood PAC’s.

I think we may have our outrage misplaced.

Watching The Foxes Moderate The Townhall Meeting They Held With The Chickens To Discuss Security In The Chicken Coop

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Sorry, I couldn’t resist that. The fact remains that in order to get airtime on stations that cater to the left side of the political spectrum, Republicans are having to engage in some debates moderated by people who do not want them to win or to communicate their ideas to the American people. You are welcome to disagree, but that is the view from where I sit.

Byron York at the Washington Examiner posted his take on the debate early this morning. He felt that Rick Perry did well, but walked into two minefields that could be a problem for his campaign–in the past Governor Perry has called Social Security a Ponzi scheme (it is, but it’s not polite to call it that), and Governor Perry sees more value in boots on the ground at the border than a fence (true, but not always popular). Byron York sees the race as between Rick Perry and Mitt Romney. I think that is generally the conventional wisdom.

During the debate, Governor Perry and Governor Romney discussed who had created the most jobs as governor. Guess what–nobody cares. We just want to know what you will do with the current unemployment situation.

Andrew Malcolm at the Los Angeles Times simply broke the debate into award categories. He listed both Rick Perry and Mitt Romney as winners. He also gave Newt Gingrich the award for most eloquent–noting that the loudest applause came when Newt chastised the moderators for asking questions to divide the candidates rather than contrast their views with the President’s.

To me, the debate illustrated the political and cultural divide we currently have in this country. When Brian Williams seemed concerned that the audience applauded the use of the death penalty in Texas, Rick Perry had to explain to him that they were applauding the concept of justice. There is a portion of our society that has lost the concept of justice and confused it with not being compassionate. I support compassion, but believe that without justice compassion is useless. I regret that a murderer is being executed, but I believe the family of his victim is entitled to justice. I don’t want to see a murderer back on the street in ten years. That almost guarantees future victims and is not compassionate.

All in all, I think the debate went well. I look forward to a debate in the future with a less biased moderator.

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