Over the weekend, the mainstream media jumped on board yet another of Lila Rose’s (of James O’Keefe infamy) Live Action videos aimed at taking down Planned Parenthood, while also revealing (yet again) Lila’s apparent disregard for facts. Ms. Rose is making headlines again over her absurd allegation that an abortion clinic in New York is committing “murder”. She has the deceptively edited video to prove it!
Of course, they are not doing anything of the sort. Get your Glenn Beck chalkboard out, because you’re going to need it to follow this path of disnegunuous headline grabbing.
Media Matters determined on Sunday that the full exchange (edited out) actually reveals the two medical professionals explaining to the undercover smear artist that this has never happened, but if it did, they would have to save the baby once born. “(T)he video is edited down to make it appear as though the clinician describes a procedure in which a baby that survives an abortion is killed using a toxic solution…. But Live Action edited out from the video the portion in which the clinician makes clear that the situation they’re talking about has never happened in her experience and the discussion is hypothetical, and the video shows the counselor explaining to the woman that the doctor would have to resuscitate the baby if that situation did occur.”
What we have here is the media giving credibility to a piece of fiction with the usual plot: A well intentioned ingenue with a feverish belief in Good heads to the city of sin in order to save the innocent who are being murdered by Big City Sinners who drink, fornicate, vote Democratic and hate babies. Lila Rose Versus Satan!
And who’s going to jump on board? Oh, of course the “liberal” papers.
Media Matters reported Monday on the media aftermath of Ms. Rose’s absurd allegations that an abortion clinic in New York was committing “murder”. First came the usual suspects (Daily Caller, Fox News, etc) and then followed the “legit” outfits, which have failed to learn not to trust a source whose name is now synonymous with deception (as in, “they got O’Keefed”). Ten times burned not enough, apparently.
Watch the misinformation spread like wildfire…
Washington Post blogger Melinda Henneberger quickly tied the video campaign to Dr. Kermit Gosnell, a Philadelphia physician facing multiple murder charges resulting from the monstrous and horrific procedures he is alleged to have carried out under the guise of women’s reproductive health.
Henneberger was quickly forced to correct a central point of her post and tacitly acknowledge that she did not view the entire, unedited video before writing a blog post that drew sweeping conclusions about what this video means to the larger abortion debate. The New York Times also took the bait, noting that Live Action is tying its videos — a second video was released Monday — to Gosnell and adding:
The release comes as Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, a Democrat, has thrown his support behind legislation that will guarantee a woman’s right to an abortion after 24 weeks of pregnancy, if her health is in danger or if the fetus is not viable. The current law permits abortion after 24 weeks only if a woman’s life is in danger, although it is not enforced because federal court rulings have allowed less restrictive late-term abortions.
The only problem with this scenario is that in reality, Ms Rose is not an innocent, well intentioned ingenue, but rather a main character whose own psychological breakdown is the source of the horror, as it turns out that she imagined it all. It’s not real. Instead of accepting reality, our media jumped into the distorted fun house mirror of Ms. Rose’s brain and pronounced that Satan really is afloat in New York City, and his name is Planned Parenthood.
Never mind that this entire scenario is a hypothetical of Lila Rose’s obsessed imagination, and she ought to be directed to the closest mental health clinic for an evaluation instead of being quoted as a reliable source by the New York Times.
Ms. Rose is obsessed with late term abortions, which comprise only 1% of all abortions performed in this country, and are only legal when the health of the mother is at risk. She’s most obsessed with a scenario that in her own video, she learned is a hypothetical. Somehow she failed to make this connection, but instead chose to tie this to the alleged criminal activities of Dr. Gosnell.
Strangely for one obsessed with hypothetical deaths, Ms. Rose spends no time interviewing husbands or children who have lost a wife/parent in a high risk pregnancy, or showing her painful, bloody death. Perhaps because this actually happens, it offers little interest to Ms. Rose.
Ms. Rose is too busy digging her way through her putrefying imagination for the most sickening, gory, grotesque images of dead feti to be bothered with dying women. Yes, if babies were being murdered after being delivered that would be awful. Thankfully, that is not happening in legal abortions. However, if Ms. Rose and her posse get their way, and abortions are further restricted and therefore less regulated, we will surely have once again a proliferation of bad practices by unethical doctors. This is one reason why it’s legal. Who is going to explain this to the media?
88% of all abortions are done in the first trimester, so you may be wondering why Ms Rose chases third trimester worst case scenario hypotheticals – but of course, you know the answer. They are the hook to get the willing media to lend her credence she most certainly has not earned. Ms. Rose ought to be in Hollywood, marketing her deceptively edited horror flicks to buyers specializing in fiction, using blood and gore to sell tickets. Instead, she’s getting quoted in our top papers.
Ironically, the same study concludes that second trimester abortions could be greatly diminished by adequate and expanded access to first semester abortion. These are facts that the agenda-steeped anti-choice movement avoids, because their goal is not to stop abortions, but rather to force women into illegal, unsafe abortions by making abortion harder to access. Sadly, illegal and unsafe abortions are an all too real bloody horror, ending too often in an excruciatingly painful death. Perhaps the media worries that real dead women don’t make a great lead, even when they bleed.
Just give them a show, and they’ll dance for you. Dress like a pimp, dress like a prostitute, do illegal things while dressed like a prostitute (oh my!), cry about the hypothetical babies, give them a sinner to hate, give them some gore, make it bleed and it will lead.
Ms. Rose’s latest flicks are a frightening tale of Satanism and pregnancy, and should be evaluated as one judged Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby. Did you enjoy the show?
Image: Rossville Library