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.