It’s terribly disheartening to say, but the mainstream media seems to have moved on from the undercover Planned Parenthood videos that managed to shock even some abortion supporters into questioning just what Planned Parenthood was doing with all that taxpayer money while other clinics went without.
It’s a miracle that the media picked up on the videos at all, but the first … then the second … then a third … really seemed to have Planned Parenthood concerned about its cozy relationship with Congress and the White House. A fifth video released today, though, seems hardly to have made a dent, especially in the shadow of last night’s Senate vote to block legislation to defund Planned Parenthood.
The most recent video did make the Washington Post’s Wonkblog, where an article by
Planned Parenthood Carolyn Johnson downplayed the content as much as possible. Johnson describes the “highly edited” video as showing “footage of fetal organs being examined in a laboratory,” but somehow misses entirely the Planned Parenthood doctor explaining that, “If we alter our process, and we are able to obtain intact fetal cadavers, we can make it part of the budget.” (Oh, you wanted a whole baby? We might have one in the fridge.) That less “crunchy” approach to the procedure pays off if you find someone who can do it right.
Shut up, that’s how.
This might not be the best time to mention PolitiFact’s latest gem: The site rates Martin O’Malley’s statement, “97 percent of the work that Planned Parenthood does is about mammograms and preventative health,” to be half-true … despite the established fact that Planned Parenthood does not provide mammograms. None.