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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

doctored videos

Well, I am just totally NOT shocked.  

All of the videos that The Center for Medical Progress (what an insulting name) recently produced about Planned Parenthood, were doctored.  ALL of them.  The short and the long.

Will this stop the rightwing nuts from crying that Planned Parenthood sells body parts?  Not a chance.  As we have seen so often, the truth is irrelevant to the rightwing.  If you can't win the argument based on the facts, they make up their own facts, and their gullible followers continually lap it up.  Sad.

What is shocking to me is how the right and the GOP maintains any relevance after being so wrong on so many things for so long.  Why do we even tolerate them?  The whole party should be banned until they begin speaking the truth about things. 

Here is one opinion about the situation.  

And here and below is a more "balanced" story from the UPI.

Report: Planned Parenthood undercover videos were manipulated

WASHINGTON, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- A report commissioned by Planned Parenthood said an analysis of videos showing officials discussing fetal tissue were doctored with deceptive edits, missing footage and inaccurately transcribed conversations.
The report by research firm Fusion GPS said videos created by the anti-abortion group the Center for Medical Progress have no "evidentiary value" in a legal context,can't be used in "official inquiries" and lack journalistic credibility.
"You couldn't use this stuff in a court of law. Or if you tried you would not have a very easy time persuading anyone that it was useful," the research firm said. "The missing sections clearly contain discussions that would be relevant to any inquiry."
The Center for Medical Progress released eight undercover videos that purported to show Planned Parenthood illegally profits from the sale of fetal tissue to medical researchers and used procedures that violate a ban on so-called partial-birth abortions. Planned Parenthood denied the claims.
Federal law allows the use of fetal tissue in transplants and research. At least four congressional committees and several states have launched investigations.
Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richardsin a letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnelland Minority Leader Harry Reid, said the organization is "doing as much as we can to collect the facts and share them with you."
"While the edited videos are replete with distortions and selective editing, it is what is missing from the videos that is most important: any credible evidence that Planned Parenthood has done anything wrong," Richards wrote. "We've said all along that these videos were heavily edited to deceive the public, and that's what this expert analysis now shows. The more the public learns about this fraudulent, baseless attack on women's health, the better, and that's why today we're laying everything out for leaders in Congress and for the public."
and as another example of how the truth doesn't matter to these demagogues, the end of the article...
The Center for Medical Progress said Planned Parenthood's "desperate, 11th-hour attempt to pay their handpicked 'experts' to distract from the crimes documented on video is a complete failure."
"The absence of bathroom breaks and waiting periods between meetings does not change the hours of dialogue with top-level Planned Parenthood executives eager to manipulate abortion procedures to get high-quality baby parts for financially profitable sale," the center said.
Perhaps we should bring charges against "The Center for Medical Progress."

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