Some follow-up on this story …
Planned Parenthood Fails to Discredit Live Action Video: Fires Manager
by David Schmidt on February 2nd, 2011 at 11:28 am
Live Action Blog
In a statement released Tuesday morning, Stuart Schear, Vice President for Communications for Planned Parenthood national, claimed that the video did not in fact depict a cover-up of sexual abuse and trafficking, because, “As soon as these visits were over, Planned Parenthood employees immediately reported to Planned Parenthood management.” But by Tuesday night, Planned Parenthood Central New Jersey CEO Phyllis Kinsler had released a statement saying, “We were profoundly shocked when we viewed the videotape this morning, which depicted an employee of one of our health centers behaving in a repugnant manner that is inconsistent with our standards of care and is completely unacceptable,” and notified the press that Woodruff had been terminated.
Planned Parenthood had also originally suggested that the undercover video was a “hoax” and an “edited tape” before firing Woodruff. …
“It appears that Planned Parenthood decided to fire Ms. Woodruff over a ‘hoax.’ Or, maybe they are coming to the realization that they have a serious problem brewing,” Rose stated.
“Soon, we will be releasing more evidence to law enforcement officials and the public showing that Planned Parenthood is willing to aid and abet sexual exploitation of minors and young women. As our research and evidence will show, this is not only a problem for one clinic in New Jersey — it is much broader and more endemic,” Rose said.
Well, I was wrong. PP did initially try to deny the grossly obvious. And tried the Edited-Tapes Narrative. My guess is that that was their knee-jerk response, but after some one at PP actually watched the video, the manager’s head rolled (metaphorically, of course).
Correction Request: Government Radio Invents Facts to Protect Planned Parenthood
Posted by Retracto, the Correction Alpaca Feb 1st 2011 at 12:16 pm
Earlier today BigGovernment.com, BigJournalism.com, and Breitbart.TV published a shocking video investigation from Lila Rose’s pro-life organization, Live Action, showing a Planned Parenthood employee advising a “pimp” on underage sex trafficking and secret abortions for minors The post had only been live for a few hours when NPR began to run interference for Planned Parenthood, the government-supported clinics widely known for counseling women on abortions. There are factual errors in the piece that NPR ought to address.
First, note the original headline of the NPR article:
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The article by Eyder Peralta was originally given the title “Group Behind ACORN Undercover Videos, Sets Up Planned Parenthood ‘Sting.’” The ACORN investigation was conducted by James O’Keefe and Hannah Giles for O’Keefe’s Veritas Visuals organization, while the Planned Parenthood investigation released today was conducted by Lila Rose and her team at Live Action. Ms. Rose was not involved in the ACORN videos. NPR has since corrected the headline …
Now why would an august organization like NPR ignore the first “W” of the fundamentals of journalism? Were they in a hurry to do something?
Planned Parenthood, Child-Trafficking, and the Poor Choices of NPR and Company
Posted by Brandon Darby Feb 3rd 2011 at 4:58 am
… a deeply profound conversation took place once (Andrew Breitbart) finished showing me the material. He asked me what I thought the Mainstream Media Establishment would do … . I told him there was no way they would be able to defend such injustices. He said they would — that they would misrepresent the facts and attack the videos creator. He, in graphic detail, described what the media would do. I didn’t agree and couldn’t imagine such an effort could be pulled off. I explained that it was impossible for two reasons: The videos were clear and the consciences of the journalists and editors would prevent such a dastardly spin from occurring. He explained that the Left’s darlings are always above reproach and the media would protect them to the point of absurdity.
The first dishonest spin I could find came from Media Matters. They asserted that the video was a “hoax” and that Planned Parenthood had immediately contacted the FBI to report a potential human-trafficking ring. This assertion was patently false. …
… To my astonishment, NPR had taken the same spin and framing as Media Matters. Thankfully, after Andrew convinced one of the NPR producers to actually watch the video, NPR retracted the word “hoax” out of the story on their website. …
At that point, I wasn’t at all surprised to see CBS adopting the Media Matters/NPR framing and doing the same cover-up … . … But no, the Left Media’s little darling could do no wrong.
This article has two foci. One is what I quoted, the author’s experience in seeing/hearing the MSM reaction that he had thought impossible. The other is how PP’s actions impact women and girls who have been trafficked and the reaction to the video of a key fighter against human sex trafficking. As Lila’s and other Live Action people indicate in their writings, that is also a large concern to them.
BREAKING: Youtube Threatens To Take Down Live Action’s Planned Parenthood Video Investigation
Posted by P.J. Salvatore Feb 2nd 2011 at 9:38 pm
Not surprising, considering Youtube hasn’t been friendly to pro-life issues in the past. Live Action, the group spearheaded by Lila Rose who released the explosive Planned Parenthood investigation videos just this week, was told this evening by Youtube that they had until tomorrow evening to remove the video pending “privacy concerns.”
What isn’t clear is what “privacy violation” occurred. No personal information was released about Amy Woodruff or anyone else in the video. Woodruff was publicly fired by Planned Parenthood in a statement released by Phyllis Kinsler, the Executive Director of Planned Parenthood of central Jersey.
It took a while, but PP’s initial salvo at the videos seems to have hit one target, YouTube is threatening to take down Live Action’s video over phony “privacy” concerns. That won’t make the videos any less available. In fact, the result (probably at least partly pre-planned by Live Action and Breitbart, this response being so predictable) is likely to be that the video will become available on a multitude of hosts.