In the past four months, several Planned Parenthood clinics have suspiciously gone up in flames. Yet, the media is all but ignoring it. This media blackout is thanks, in part, to the right-wing’s campaign to deprive women of affordable health care and their right to choose.
The first arson attack took place five days after the anti-abortion group, disguised as a biomedical firm “Center for Medical Progress”, released videos on July 14th depicting Planned Parenthood as monsters who sell “baby parts.” The videos have been confirmed as highly edited and misleading.
Coincidence? Doubt it!
August 23, protesters held a rally outside Planned Parenthood in north Spokane, Washington where State Rep. Matt Shea said:
I am glad, to see finally, they have been exposed for what they are. There is no difference between Planned Parenthood, and what Dr. Josef Mengele did in Germany in the 1940s.
Shea compared Planned Parenthood to a Nazi doctor, dubbed “The Doctor of Death,” who experimented on countless Jews during the Holocaust. These remarks came just 2 weeks before Pullman Clinic — just north of Spokane — was damaged by arson.
Shea and Republicans like him, added more than enough fuel for those brainwashed right-wing extremists to act out.
Since then, three other Planned Parenthood clinics have been torched — not including the failed attempt to destroy a New Orleans clinic that was still under construction. Still, the media is barely mentioning these acts.
A Media Matters analysis of prime-time cable news coverage — including Fox News, MSNBC, and CNN transcripts — found that cable news dedicated almost no prime-time coverage to the arsons from July 19 through October 5. Of all three networks, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow was the ONLY prime-time host to cover them, on a September 8 segment.
There needs to be more media coverage. So their delusional followers can see that they are not above lying, bullying, or even committing terrorist acts to get their way. Of course, they are also ignoring the fact that Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), found no evidence of wrongdoing by Planned Parenthood.
These extremists, who hide behind their Build-a-Bible, are still hell-bent on obliterating an organization, that has helped millions of Americans– both men and women.
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