Fiorina’s heart-tugging Planned Parenthood story did not happen

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One of the dramatic highlights of Carly Fiorina’s debate performance was her description of a scene allegedly from one of the secret and highly controversial Planned Parenthood videos:

“As regards Planned Parenthood, anyone who has watched this videotape, I dare Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama to watch these tapes,” Fiorina said. “Watch a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking while someone says we have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.”

Not surprisingly, pro-life groups rushed to use Fiorina’s statement to their advantage. “Carly also brought in another face we need to see — the face of the child, whose heart continued beating even after he had been aborted — whose face was cut open in order to have his brain harvested,” Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, said in a statement afterward.

The problem is that no such scene exists, as the Wall Street Journal and other outlets have thoroughly documented. In the many hours of video taken surreptitiously at Planned Parenthood by the Center for Medical Progress, nothing close to that horrific scene occurs. So call it what you will — a lie, a mistake, whatever — it simply is not true.

Here’s what is true:

In one related and heavily edited video also released by CMP, a short video segment of a living, highly stressed and  clearly premature fetus is shown on screen while a former medical technician describes a totally unrelated incident. Again, the technician’s description and the video shown as she talks have nothing to do with each other. In fact, the scene inserted into the video was not filmed at Planned Parenthood; it has nothing to do with Planned Parenthood, and there in no evidence that it has anything to do with abortion at all. (And even in that doctored video, nobody is talking about trying to keep that doomed fetus alive in order to harvest its organs, as Fiorina so emotionally and devastatingly described.)

It’s telling that Fiorina’s defenders, while insisting that her remarks are accurate, cannot find the scene in question in the 12 hours of raw, unedited video released by CMP. It exists only in the doctored, edited form

That video is below, and the scene in question comes at the 6:00 mark. If you look closely, you can spot a small, barely noticeable notation on the bottom right indicating that the snippet’s source is “Courtesy of the Grantham Institute and Center for Bio-Ethical Reform,” another pro-life agency. What it actually depicts is anyone’s guess, but it’s there for its shock value. And it didn’t come from Planned Parenthood.

In her defense, it is plausible that Fiorina honestly misunderstood what she was seeing. I say plausible because the CMP tape is artfully edited, on purpose, to create just that kind of misunderstanding.  In fact, that’s exactly what critics of the CMP guerrilla operation have been saying about it all along — that its tapes were edited and doctored to create a false impression.

Viewed honestly, Fiorina’s false testimony in the debate Wednesday night about what she thought she saw — but did not see — becomes proof that the critics have been right. She fell for it too. And given the attention that her remarks received, she or her campaign have the responsibility to acknowledge that she was deceived. (She also made repeated claims of criminal behavior against Planned Parenthood, but despite repeated investigations no criminal charges have been filed or are likely to be filed, let alone proved. Because again, the tapes do not show what their champions claim they show.)

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dreema
dreema

Truth schmuth. Like the wingers care.

NWGAL
NWGAL

Carly's ability to sound confident while spouting nonsense is an amazing skill. It is likely why she bombed so badly as a CEO. She may be a decent sociopath, but lacks the substance and knowledge to actually do the job.

Juanx
Juanx

Carly needs new advisors. Time to re-tool.

Enoch19
Enoch19

Right on Cue and in utter lock step with liberal mouthpieces all over the country ( more evidence that Bookman is a tool, not an editorial writer) Jay is out with a defense of Planned Parenthoods macabre murder of babies.  Offering a distinction without a difference, Jay has thrown his lot in with the murderers of babies. He is now a full throated supporter of practices that Nazi doctors would have disdained in the concentration camps.  Not hundreds, not thousands, not even millions but hundreds of millions of little lives have been callously snuffed out as the result of Jay's loathsome political ideology that values freedom on a moment over human life.  Moreover he cannot bring himself to admit that some practices of the abortionists are just beyond humanity. One day Jay can say he did not care but he cannot say he did not know.  

dreema
dreema

@Enoch19 You're entitled to your opinion, untethered as it is from reality. However, I'll excuse myself from being governed by policies spouted by rabid, foaming mouth extremists.

Lee30519
Lee30519

Yep, Barack Hussein Obama really loves America!  Do you not remember what Michelle said when Barack was elected?  


fedup52
fedup52

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Thursday called on Congress to fund the government, warning that a government shutdown would jeopardize the country’s economic health. Yellen also cautioned against brinksmanship over raising the debt ceiling.

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Republicans are the greatest Enemy of America.

fedup52
fedup52

Senate Republicans, blocked in their effort to pass a bill disapproving of the Iran deal, tried another tactic: Give President Barack Obama his nuclear deal, but only on the condition that Iran agree to recognize the state of Israel and release the four U.S. citizens it holds.

A problem with this strategy, which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) brought to a vote on Thursday, is that some of America's strongest allies in the Middle East -- such GOP favorites as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates -- do not themselves recognize Israel.

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Republicans are desperate.

Lee30519
Lee30519

My personal information?  HA! RIGHT!

Lee30519
Lee30519

consumer....post a pic of what?


Lee30519
Lee30519

fedup....challenge me on any point that I have brought up instead of throwing insults.  Insults by the way are the first sign of losing a debate. #winning


fedup52
fedup52

@Lee30519

challenge me on any point that I have brought up

You don't have a point to discuss.  Try the Middle School theatrics somewhere else.

KUTGF
KUTGF

O'DONNELL: When will the time be right to reveal, he said to Meredith Vieira that it was "absolutely unbelievable" what his detectives were finding in Hawaii four years ago. He's never told you about it? You've never asked him about it? It was unbelievable and you weren't curious about it?

GOERTZ: Never was curious once, because he's not a liar. If they found something, it will come out. The time isn't right, and guess what? Mr. Trump does what he wants and he's not going to do it on our time. He's going to do it when the timing is perfectly strategic and it's not now and it wasn't the place for him to say it...


http://crooksandliars.com/2015/09/trump-iowa-co-chair-says-hell-reveal-what

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Wow.  Words escape me. 

Lee30519
Lee30519

consumedconsumer.....yes I carry my birth certificate, social security card and drivers license. 

Lee30519
Lee30519

StraightNoChaser....You DO realize that Trump is leading in the polls above Hillary and the other GOPers.

Lee30519
Lee30519

consumedconsumer....maybe because he was so secretive about it and declined for over three years to produce it.  Why when he was in college did he apply AND RECEIVE grants as a foreign national of Kenya??  Hmmmmm


fedup52
fedup52

@Lee30519 It must be something to live in the deep dark dungeon your brain has constructed.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@Lee30519 Talking point that has caused the GOP two presidential elections should work real well for King Birther the same way.  Keep it up.    McCain and Romney by a landslide.

Lee30519
Lee30519

Straightnochaser....being a "birther" is not racist at all.  It is policy that our president be born in the United States.  I am pretty sure that when you started your job they asked to see your SS card?


consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@Lee30519 yeah, and he showed his, probably even had it e-verifyed, and so many still didn't believe him . . . wonder why that is . . .

fedup52
fedup52

@Lee30519 Are you still bent out of shape on the "birther" thing?  Seems like even Orly Tates has moved on.

td1234
td1234

@StraightNoChaser Make that an issue. You pretty much ruined the argument when arguing against hat the Constitution meant by "Natural born citizen" with Obama. 

fedup52
fedup52

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) believes 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed should not have been arrested for bringing a clock that authorities thought was a bomb to school. 

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Hey Gov tell the school boards in Texas from hiring dumb A teachers.

Lee30519
Lee30519

Coj....Please explain the "republican war on women" comment.


coj
coj

The ignorance of our average American is just appalling. Our leaders will use the most vilest type of lie to promote their agenda of wiping out an organization that does not use any state or federal funds for the 3% of their health care services that provides legal and safe abortions for women. They also want to eliminate the 97% of healthcare services that PP provides that includes health care for both men and women.


The republican war on women continues with their standard bearer, Aunt Fiorina.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@Lee30519 Silence is golden and it's no secret that Trump is a birther, that in itself is racist.

Donald Trump silent on accusation that Barack Obama is Muslim at New Hampshire rally
This country as a whole will reject Donald Trump just like it did Sarah Palin.

#NotInOurWhiteHouse 

fedup52
fedup52

When Jon Stewart on Wednesday lobbied Congress on behalf of 9/11 responders, it stirred up the desired publicity. But any sense of hope the former "Daily Show" host came away with, he said, came from the responders themselves.

Because members of Congress made him feel just the opposite.

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Did any of the 11 yahoooos deal with this problem during the debate?  Doubt it.

Lee30519
Lee30519

Hmmm...it is hilarious how this forum immediately reverts to calling Trump a "racist".  Please someone show me one quote that Trump has used that would qualify him as a racist.  Or is it the simple fact that he is right and you do not agree with his ideas?  Ignorance!



Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Lee30519

Actually nobody here called him a racist this morning.

Genocide-friendly? Yeah, I called him that.

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@Lee30519 What's ignorant is supporting birthers after the President has won two elections and your party lost two because of it.  You are just mad because this is what is and will keep a POS like Donald Trump out of our White House.

KUTGF
KUTGF

@Lee30519 Or is it the simple fact that he is right and you do not agree with his ideas?

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Right about birtherism?  What his investigators "found"?  Right about what?

LeninTime
LeninTime

@Lee30519 

Please someone show me one quote that Trump has used that would qualify him as a racist

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Would you like the list formatted in columns or wrapping?

StraightNoChaser
StraightNoChaser

@clintontoast2016 @Lee30519 What's right about supporting birthers after President Obama won not one but two elections by landslides?  At some point sanity has to kick along with a reality check.

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

After Trump "gets rid of" the Mexicans and the Muslims, will he be done, or is there more?

ByteMe
ByteMe

@Nick_Danger There's always more when it comes to purifying the master race.