The following comes from a July 30 Blaze article by Fred Lucas:
White House press secretary Josh Earnest called the undercover videos of Planned Parenthood “fraudulent” as he defended maintaining federal funding for the nation’s largest abortion provider.
“Planned Parenthood has been quite specific about the policy and procedures that they have in place and I know that they have described those procedures as reaching the highest ethical standards,” Earnest told reporters Thursday. “Based on the essentially fraudulent way these videos have been released, there is not a lot of evidence that Planned Parenthood hasn’t lived up to those standards.”
“There is ample reason to think that this is merely the tried and true tactic we’ve seen from extremists on the right to edit this video and selectively release an edited version of the video that grossly distorts the positions of the person who is in the video,” Earnest said.
Asked later about terming the videos “fraudulent,” Earnest said it’s based on what Planned Parenthood has said.
Earnest said again that he does not know if President Barack Obama has seen any of the videos.
“I don’t know if he’s seen any of them,” Earnest said. “I do know he’s been following this story.”
Judge temporarily blocks Planned Parenthood video
The following comes from a July 30 Breitbart article by Austin Ruse:
Attorneys for David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress are downplaying the narrow temporary restraining order issued against one of their undercover videos handed down by a superior court judge in Los Angeles Tuesday.
Katie Short of Life Legal Defense Fund told Breitbart News, “Nothing in the temporary restraining order prevents the Center for Medical Progress from doing what it has been doing, on the schedule it planned to do it.”
Short says that on Monday StemExpress, the company that buys baby parts from Planned Parenthood abortion clinics, told Center for Medical Progress “they would be seeking a temporary restraining order and an order to show cause the following day.”
She says StemExpress requested relief to prevent the release of a video taken on May 22 between StemExpress CEO Cate Dyer and other StemExpress personnel, prohibit the dissemination of any documents that identify StemExpress, and to remove three documents form the Center for Medical Progress website. They also asked for expedited discovery along with the location and “possessor” of any copies of the video or documents.
The judge granted a temporary restraining order on the May 22 video but granted nothing more to StemExpress. The Judge denied a temporary restraining order with regard to the documents or anything else.
The judge did allow expedited discovery, but, according to Short, he “emphasized that it was very limited. Basically they get to ask about the existence of a video or videos of that day.”
David Daleiden issued the following statement:
“StemExpress, a for-profit company partnered with over 30 abortion clinics, including Planned Parenthood, to harvest and sell aborted baby parts and provide a ‘financial benefit’ to Planned Parenthood clinics, is attempting to use meritless litigation to cover-up this illegal baby parts trade, suppress free speech, and silence the citizen press reporting on issues of burning concern to the American public.
They are not succeeding—their initial petition was rejected by the court, and their second petition was eviscerated to a narrow and contingent order about an alleged recording pending The Center for Medical Progress’s opportunity to respond.
The Center for Medical Progress follows all applicable laws in the course of our investigative journalism work and will contest all attempts from Planned Parenthood and their allies to silence our First Amendment rights and suppress investigative journalism.”
It seems likely that Planned Parenthood and the abortion after-market companies they do business with will make further legal claims against Daleiden and his group. Planned Parenthood has gone into war-room mentality, hiring a high-powered Washington, D.C. public relations firm, as they see the Daleiden tapes as a genuine threat to the $500 million they receive from the federal government each year, not to speak of corporate money and individual donations that may now be in trouble.
Hours of video are expected to drop in the coming days and weeks. On the Sean Hannity Show this week, Daleiden said up nine more are coming.
Planned Parenthood tells media to suppress coverage of Center for Medical Progress videos, reporters happily agree
The following comes from a July 28 Federalist article by Sean Davis:
How bad is the baby organ trafficking story for Planned Parenthood? So bad that the nation’s largest abortion provider has hired a pricey PR firm to bully media outlets into not covering the scandal.
According to Politico, Planned Parenthood hired Democratic megafirm SKDKnickerbocker to handle its public relations effort surrounding the widening organ trafficking scandal.
Unsurprisingly, preventing coverage of the videos is apparently key to Planned Parenthood’s survival strategy:
The group circulated a memo to reporters and producers late Monday that discouraged them from airing the undercover videos, arguing that they were obtained under false identification and violated patient privacy.
So there’s a concerted effort from Planned Parenthood and it’s allies to “discourage [media outlets] from airing the undercover videos”? The deuce, you say? That would certainly go a long way towards explaining why so many left-leaning media outlets refused to cover the second video.
BuzzFeed, for example, still does not have a single story on its website noting Planned Parenthood’s aborted baby organs-for-Lamborghinis scheme (coincidentally, SKDKnickerbocker recently hired former BuzzFeed reporter Kate Nocera to help handle PR work for its non-profit clients). Neither does Huffington Post. Neither does Vox. The story was trending on Facebook and Twitter, yet three sites that specialize in amplifying trending and viral content refused to print a single thing about the stories. Now we know why: Planned Parenthood likely told them not to.