On the GOP side, this election season seems to be dominated by two issues: hatred of anyone with any ties to Latin America or the Middle East and the smug, hypocritical vilification of Planned Parenthood.
All of this began with 26-year-old David Daleiden, who was likely trying to emulate James O’Keefe. O’Keefe went under cover to create “gotcha” videos aimed at shutting down the voter registration group, ACORN. O’Keefe’s videos, while poorly acted and badly edited, were still enough to convince Congress to cut the organization’s funding and bury it for good.
Six years later, history is repeating itself, only the victim is Planned Parenthood — for many women the only choice for medical care — and the “filmmaker” is Daleiden. Politico interviewed the smug little bastard and well, it’s as bad as you’d imagine.
The very first quote in the article tells you all you need to know about Daleiden, who fronts a group called the Center for Medical Progress. After creating his heavily doctored videos, which are aimed to convince Americans that Planned Parenthood is trafficking in body parts, he said of the senior director of medical services for the organization, “I still consider Deb Nucatola a friend.”
Let’s let that sink in for a moment. He is attempting to destroy the life of his “friend.” I guess that makes him the type of Christian who would boycott the Pope because the Pontiff cares too much about people. Now, to be fair, he did say he prays for her and he even held a mass for her. Well, I guess he’s a good friend after all.
Daleiden has released 10 videos. He calls himself a “journalist,” even though the videos are heavily edited examples of lies and manipulation — so Fox-style journalism. The Sacramento native said:
For me, the goal was to document and illustrate for the public really, really clearly how Planned Parenthood harvests and sells the body parts of the babies that they abort.
Planned Parenthood does not harvest and sell body parts. They donate, with the patient’s permission, fetal tissue for research to help cure diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimers and a host of others. So much for Republicans being “pro-life.” The money Planned Parenthood collects is to cover their costs only. There is no profit.
These videos have been fodder for the slew of presidential candidates and they’ve given Congress an opportunity for some first-class political grandstanding. There’s even a chance they could shut down the government over the funding of the organization (no federal funds go toward abortions). Even worse, Planned Parenthood and their employees are receiving threats of violence.
The clandestine videos have also led to a significant increase in threats of violence against abortion providers, according to the National Abortion Federation, an ally of Planned Parenthood. The group’s president, Vicki Saporta, said there have been death threats against abortion providers — and even a reward for the murder of one provider shown in the videos:
In my 20 years, I have not seen this type of escalation before. It started right after the first video was released.
Saporta said she has seen before how such things can lead to tragedy, pointing out that Center for Medical Progress board member Troy Newman also leads Operation Rescue, the anti-abortion group that moved to Wichita to stage demonstrations against George Tiller’s abortion clinic. A gunman killed the physician while he was in church in 2009.
Oh, but Daleiden takes no responsibility for that. In fact, he claims that “nobody is actually more concerned for their safety and their future happiness than we are.”
Several people are suing Daleiden’s organization. He allegedly filmed people without permission and violated non-disclosure agreements. He maintains that he is innocent but tried to plead the Fifth Amendment in a lawsuit. They have also been blocking discovery, meaning they are trying to hide the files and unedited videos.
Featured image via CNN video screen capture.