Blowing up the Republican Party’s scheme to destroy Planned Parenthood, David Daleiden admitted that his videos are a fraud during an interview on CNN.
The admission came when Daleiden was questioned by Chris Cuomo about Carly Fiorina’s numerous deceptive comments about Planned Parenthood, during CNN’s Republican Candidates Debate. Courtesy of Raw Story:
“Carly Fiorina was referencing a sequence in our video that shows footage of a born-alive infant from a late-term abortion actually moving in the specimen pan,” he explained.
“But if you’re talking about organ harvesting and abortions and how terrible they are why would you use a stillborn fetus, which is not a function of an abortion?” Cuomo asked.
“It’s the same baby, whether it’s born dead or alive, whether the organs are harvested or not,” Daleiden replied.
“It’s also completely irrelevant to the point you’re trying to make, which is, ‘Look at what they do to these babies,'” the CNN host pressed. “It was born stillborn. It was not aborted. Doesn’t that matter to you if you’re talking about abortion?”
“It’s the same kind of fetus,” Daleiden continued to insist.
“My point is context,” Cuomo shot back. “You’re saying, ‘what they do in abortions,’ that wasn’t an abortion. That’s my point.”
Daleiden has had a lot of practice crafting false videos in the name of manipulating public opinion against a woman having access to legal and safe abortions. He also had a lot of practice in deception, such as when he created a phony company called BioMax.
Based on the interview with CNN, he is less competent at deception when he’s asked questions
For Republicans, letting Daleiden speak meant the truth might slip out. Daleiden might admit that in the 43 edits he took quotes out of context and falsely attributed quotes to Planned Parenthood employees. He might remind people that the “full version” of the video is just a less edited version.
Daleiden’s organization Center for Medical Progress is part of a network of anti-choice groups.
One of Daleiden’s long-time friends is Lila Rose, president of the anti-choice group Live Action. She pointed to the benefits of spacing out the release of those videos.
The power of having time to evaluate each exposé is very helpful in public education,” Rose said, adding that they also deserve the scrutiny of people in “regulatory bodies.
For Republicans, Daleiden was the perfect choice to produce and doctor the video attack on Planned Parenthood. He has ties to Operation Rescue. Interestingly, Planned Parenthood was awarded an $880,000 judgment in 1999 because of Operation Rescue’s harassment and intimidation of PP’s staff.
Operation Rescue is where Daleiden developed his “skills” of deception. He carried out “sting” operations to gather information on abortion providers and, at times, their patients so that Operation Rescue could harass them at their homes and workplaces or make their clinics expensive to operate.
Daleiden also pals around with James O’Keefe whose “work” Republicans have used to manipulate public opinion. You may recall that O’Keefe was behind the fraudulent ACORN videos. Oh, and he worked for Andrew Breitbart, another video fraudster, who used deceptive editing techniques to libel Shirley Sherrod. A couple of weeks ago, Sherrod and Breitbart’s widow settled the libel suit resulting from Breitbart’s deceptive videos.
Yes, this is a charming bunch of people, so dedicated to life that they intimidate healthcare professionals and their patients. In the name of “truth”, they “produce” videos that take comments out of context and fraudulently attribute quotes to Planned Parenthood staff.
These are the people that Republicans schemed with to improve their 2016 election prospects. After all, the best way to win women over is to take away their healthcare. I know, right? Still, that was the plan as explained by Marjorie Dannenfelser, the president of another anti-abortion group, Susan B. Anthony List.
The arc of intensity lasts as long as people are watching and hearing and acting. You don’t want it to be just one day.
Republicans like Dianne Black saw the videos weeks before Daleiden released them. Ovide Lamontagne, general counsel for Americans United For Life, told The Hill his group worked with CMP since January, providing advice before the videos were released.
Of course, Daleiden’s performance on CNN tells us why Republicans shielded him from testimony. It was out of fear that he, like Kevin McCarthy, would blow the cover story on yet another fake scandal.
To Daleiden and the Republicans who spent 5 hours on Tuesday repeating deceptive talking points when they weren’t badgering Planned Parenthood President, Cecile Richards, all’s fair in the politics of denying women access to healthcare.
It was more important to know Cecile Richards is a woman who has the audacity to earn a decent salary. It was important to Republicans to show their manhood by rudely interrupting a witness because she is a woman. Besides, Cecile Richards is someone who is in the trenches providing reproductive health care to millions of women and men. It’s important to present fake statistics by an anti-choice group as data from Planned Parenthood’s own reports.
Even some pro-life Republicans recognized the Planned Parenthood “investigation” for “freak show” that it was.
Americans have a more favorable opinion of Planned Parenthood than they have of the Republican Party. Perhaps it’s because Planned Parenthood dedicates its energies to helping American women and men while Republicans scheme and plot with unsavory characters to manipulate Americans.