If you get your news exclusively from BuzzFeed, then today is the first day you’ve even heard of the Center for Medical Progresses’s Planned Parenthood sting videos. Why? Because Planned Parenthood hired someone to try and prove the sting videos were faked in an attempt to discredit CMP. And that’s what BuzzFeed reported:
First of all, are you sh***ing me?
Secondly, this is pure evil. BuzzFeed has taken sides and is actively defending an organization which butchers babies and sells their parts. And then they’re pretending to be a news organization.
The byline of this “article:”
A new analysis of hidden-camera videos shows deceptive editing was used to portray a Planned Parenthood official discussing fetal tissue procurement. Tapes were spliced to mislead viewers at least 42 times in five tapes, the analysis says.
Really? What, did BuzzFeed finally do their due diligence and take a look at the FULL VIDEOS THAT HAVE BEEN PUBLIC FOR EVERYONE TO SEE with every quote in context? Nope. And yet even in the full videos, Planned Parenthood is butchering children and selling their parts. So…
Thirdly, Planned Parenthood PAID the company to “FIND” the “misleading” edits. That’s like Budweiser funding a group to find that alcoholism is no big deal. Or Starbucks paying a group to find that caffeine is the new cure to cancer (I maintain that it is). Those of us with what is commonly referred to as a “brain” call this a “conflict of interest.”
Hidden-camera videos depicting abortion doctors discussing the use of fetal organs for research were deceptively edited to mislead viewers, a Planned Parenthood-sponsored analysis revealed on Thursday. The reproductive health organization called the tapes a “fraud.”
From the Planned Parenthood-funded report:
While these analysts found no evidence that CMP inserted dialogue not spoken by Planned Parenthood staff, their review did conclude that CMP edited content out of the alleged “full footage” videos, and heavily edited the short videos so as to misrepresent statements made by Planned Parenthood representatives.
CMP released this statement in response to Planned Parenthood:
Planned Parenthood’s desperate, 11th-hour attempt to pay their hand-picked “experts” to distract from the crimes documented on video is a complete failure. The absence of bathroom breaks and waiting periods between meetings does not change the hours of dialogue with top-level Planned Parenthood executives eager to manipulate abortion procedures to get high-quality baby parts for financially profitable sale. While even Planned Parenthood’s “experts” found “no evidence of audio manipulation” in the recordings, it is telling that Planned Parenthood is trying so hard to pretend that their staff did not refer to a dismembered fetus as “a baby” and “another boy.” Planned Parenthood’s abortion providers are far more honest about the brutal reality of their work than the paid political consultants at the national office. If Planned Parenthood really wants to disprove the now-overwhelming body of evidence that their affiliates traffick in baby body parts, they should release their fetal tissue contracts with the for-profit company StemExpress for law enforcement, Congress, and all the world to see.
So what’s really going on here? A giant cover up. BuzzFeed is attempting to cover up abortion. BuzzFeed is trying to defend Planned Parenthood by attacking the Center for Medical Progress. BuzzFeed knows their audience is largely uneducated on current politics, and that if it doesn’t exist on the BuzzFeed homepage, it may as well not exist at all.
So rather than cover the story accurately, or at all (they’ve never posted on the videos as they were released), they decide to try and discredit the entire thing with a “SELECTIVELY EDITED” headline. It’s a glaring bias that often occurs by omission.
As a matter of fact, I have some direct experience with BuzzFeed. When I was working as a freelance writer, I was put in touch with “BuzzFeed Ben” (Ben Smith) to pitch a column. Ben Howe was the one who facilitated the introduction. He heads up their Politics division. He was actually very polite, but the response ended with this:
Don’t. Do. Opinion Columns.
Of course, they have the right to refuse any pitch, and that’s not what this is about. Do me a favor. Go check out BuzzFeed.com and tell me if that’s what you see. Tell me if you see hard-hitting journalism, straight down the middle news, unbiased reporting or hell… even strong, original content.
Or maybe, tell me if you see nothing more than opinion commentary, thinly veiled as borderline plagiaristic “aggregation.”
Of course BuzzFeed does opinion. They only do opinion. The issue here is: they only do FAR-LEFT opinion. They lie to their constituency. The worst part is that their audience will never know. The bias occurs not only when BuzzFeed flat-out lies (as they have today) but by all of the stories they choose not to cover. In this case, all of those innocent babies lives that they opted not to acknowledge, to brush under the rug. But you know…. they don’t “do opinion.”