Rejecting Reality: How Planned Parenthood And Its Defenders Hide The Truth
by Anthony Weber
In early July, The Center for Medical Progress began to release videos procured after three years of undercover work. They released short teaser videos, long videos from which the short versions were edited, and transcripts. The videos not only showed the calculating, callous way in which key players in Planned Parenthood viewed their clients and the unborn children, they also provided reasons to believe that certain Planned Parenthood clinics were breaking the law in the process of harvesting fetal tissue.
That’s when Planned Parenthood and their defenders began a methodical campaign of distortion, denial and deception to help people avoid looking at the reality of abortion and the industries that profit from it.
- Facebook initially buried posts about the video (it may have been simply the way Facebook’s algorithms work), but eventually the story began trending. Even then, the articles critical of the Center For Medical Progress rose suspiciously to the top in spite of having far fewer readers than articles promoting the videos. Considering how Facebook and Google have both been used effectively to influence voters by manipulating their access to news, this was not an insignificant development.
- On July 27, two days before another video was supposed to drop, several Planned Parenthood affiliates sent a letter to the press asking them to bury the video. The press obediently obliged – which was pretty easy, considering how little they had been covering the story already. By the end of July, ABC had given 46 seconds total to the first four videos – while giving Cecil the Lion over 12 minutes of coverage. August was no better:
The three broadcast networks, ABC, NBC and CBS, haven’t reported on a single video exposing Planned Parenthood’s trafficking of aborted babies during their news shows in 31 days – or one full month [of August]. The last time a network mentioned a particular video came July 31, when CBS This Morning correspondent Julianna Goldman acknowledged the fourth video of a “Planned Parenthood doctor in Colorado discussing providing fetal tissue for a fee.” NBC last reported on a specific video July 30, while ABC – the worst of all three networks – last noted a video July 16 (keep in mind the first video came out July 14). The networks have not covered the last four videos released by the Center for Medical Progress...
Considering it took “56 days, multiple letters from members of the House of Representatives and a public outcry [for] all three broadcast networks [to] report on Gosnell,” this is not entirely unexpected. Planned Parenthood has been giving awards to journalists for years; the orchestrated silence on the scandal is par for the course…
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