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  • New Live Action Info Dump Exposes Nothing But Desperation

    Blog ››› ››› NED RESNIKOFF

    When Live Action released a video yesterday showing a Planned Parenthood employee speaking with two people who identified themselves to her as a pimp and prostitute, I called it "seven minutes of nothing." Today's info dump on the Live Action website offers up something similar: a melange of more nothing, some repetition, and a couple minutes of conclusive self-refutation.

    In the title of the post unveiling these most recent videos, Live Action blogger David Daleidan says that a "pattern emerges." But the pattern that actually emerges probably isn't the one he had in mind. The real one goes like this: Live Action unloads some innocuous footage, presents it as sinister, and hopes that no one bothers to check whether it reveals what they claim it does. (Guess what? It doesn't.)

    But just because it's a pattern, doesn't mean it's not evolving. Now that Live Action has absolutely nothing to do but repeat themselves, they're just putting out as much content as they can in the hopes that no one will have time to actually check it all. Now that it's obvious they don't have anything remotely approaching quality, their only option is quantity.

  • Why Is Live Action Doctoring Its Planned Parenthood Audio?

    Blog ››› ››› JEREMY SCHULMAN

    When the anti-abortion rights propagandists at Live Action began releasing their Planned Parenthood smear videos earlier this week, we explained that their claim that Planned Parenthood was covering-up "child sex trafficking" was clearly a lie.

    That's because way back on January 18, Planned Parenthood's president wrote to Attorney General Eric Holder about the incidents and requested an FBI investigation into the possibility that "an individual or individuals are engaged in activities that violate several federal criminal statutes relating to sex trafficking involving minors."

    So Planned Parenthood obviously wasn't covering up anything; they were fulfilling their obligation to keep children safe.

    We also warned that media should be skeptical about the heavily edited video footage released by Live Action.

    As it turns out, we were right to raise concerns.

    Yesterday, Live Action released a video that it claimed showed a Richmond, Virginia, Planned Parenthood's supposed "willingness to aid and abet sexual exploitation of minors."

    In reality, it showed nothing of the sort. ABC News reported that the Planned Parenthood employee "appears to act professionally and appropriately" and that "[l]egal experts ... said the clinic worker's advice on how a minor could obtain an abortion without her parents' consent is consistent with state law." According to Planned Parenthood, the employee "immediately notified her supervisor, who subsequently notified members of Planned Parenthood's national security team, who are working with the FBI, which is investigating these visits."

    But Live Action also appears to have doctored the audio of its Richmond "sting," moving audio from one portion of their video to a different portion.

  • The "Sting" That Wasn't: Right-wing Media Hype Bogus Version Of Planned Parenthood Video Story

    ››› ››› CHELSEA RUDMAN

    Following right-wing group Live Action's first release of a video allegedly "exposing" Planned Parenthood's "cover-up of child sex trafficking," conservative media have rushed to accuse Planned Parenthood of engaging in criminal activity. In fact, at least two weeks before the video of the sting operation in a New Jersey Planned Parenthood was released, Planned Parenthood reported to the FBI a "potential multistate sex trafficking ring" and later fired the employee behaving improperly in the video.

  • Fox Nation's Edited Hit Job On Planned Parenthood

    Blog ››› ››› SHAUNA THEEL

    You've got to hand it to Fox Nation: they really know how to do a hatchet job.

    The Fox web site edited an ABCNews.com article detailing hoax artist Lila Rose's latest video falsely accusing Planned Parenthood of facilitating sex trafficking, excising out the part where Planned Parenthood responds to the charge by pointing out that it contacted law enforcement and fired an employee.

    Fox Nation:

    What was said in the ellipses? Oh, only Planned Parenthood's response, which completely undermines Live Action's claim that the video reveals an "endemic problem":

    Planned Parenthood fired the employee Tuesday night, hours after viewing the tape, and said that supervisors had immediately notified law enforcement of the alleged sex trafficking ring weeks earlier, after the encounter occurred.

    ABCNews.com further reported that, in the latest video, "the Richmond clinic worker appears to act professionally and appropriately, informing the couple of their legal rights to privacy under the law" and "the legal guidelines for a minor seeking an abortion."

    Fox Nation has since taken down the hatchet job on the ABC article, and replaced it with a quote from Reuters. Fox Nation still can't bring themselves to include Planned Parenthood's response on its page, ending right before Reuters writes:

    A Planned Parenthood spokesman said in a written statement that the organization had notified local and federal authorities of the Virginia visit and that a counselor at the clinic "reacted professionally to the highly unusual person posing as a patient."

    Is excluding Planned Parenthood's response an endemic problem?

  • ABC: No Wrongdoing By Planned Parenthood Worker In Lila Rose's Latest Video

    Blog ››› ››› SHAUNA THEEL

    ABC reported on the latest video released by Lila Rose's anti-abortion activist group Live Action, saying that "the Richmond clinic worker appears to act professionally and appropriately, informing the couple of their legal rights to privacy under the law" and "the legal guidelines for a minor seeking an abortion."

    From an article titled "Abortion Activists Attempt to Discredit Planned Parenthood with Second Video: Latest 'Live Action' Undercover Film Lacks Bombshell Quality of Earlier Release":

    The new video was shot Jan. 12 and features the same staged scenario involving a man and woman posing as sex workers and inquiring about sexually transmitted disease (STD) testing, birth control options and abortions for underage girls.

    But unlike the first video, the Richmond clinic worker appears to act professionally and appropriately, informing the couple of their legal rights to privacy under the law, regardless of their backgrounds.

    "We see people from, um, every walk of life," said the clinic worker. "So, no judgment, no sharing of information, like, uh, nothing here."

    The worker also laid out legal guidelines for a minor seeking an abortion, including the requirement of parental consent or permission from a judge before one can be performed.

    "Our new video shows their Richmond clinic willing to aid and abet the sexual exploitation of minors and coaching a pimp about how girls as young as 14 -- 15 could circumvent parental consent laws for secret abortions," said Live Action founder Lila Rose, a former associate of controversial conservative filmmaker James O'Keefe.

    Rose has asked state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to investigate the centers to make sure they are compliant with state law. Cuccinelli's office said it had not yet received the letter.

    Many states, including Virginia, require medical professionals to report evidence of alleged sex crimes involving minors. Planned Parenthood said its Virginia clinic employee immediately did so in this case.

    Previously:

    Lila Rose's New Video Is 7 Minutes Of Nothing

    Lila Rose's Video Contradicts Her Claim That Planned Parenthood Is Corrupt

    HOAX VIDEO EXPOSED: Planned Parenthood Already Reported "Sex Trafficking" To FBI

  • Fail Blogs: Rushing to Attack Planned Parenthood, Right Wing Bloggers Ignore They Contacted FBI

    Blog ››› ››› MELODY JOHNSON

    Yesterday, right wing website Live Action broke a story attacking Planned Parenthood after 22-year-old president of the organization, Lila Rose, released an undercover video seeking to demonstrate that Planned Parenthood engages in criminal activities.

    Predictably, right-wing blogs have seized on the video to accuse Planned Parenthood of all sorts of atrocities. What these blogs failed to report, however, is that over two weeks ago and well before Live Action's video was released, Planned Parenthood reported this incident and other similar incidents to authorities.

  • HOAX VIDEO EXPOSED: Planned Parenthood Already Reported "Sex Trafficking" To FBI

    Blog ››› ››› JEREMY SCHULMAN

    Today, anti-abortion rights propagandist Lila Rose released her latest in a series of heavily edited videos seeking to demonstrate that Planned Parenthood engages in criminal activities. Rose's organization, Live Action, claims their video exposes what they call "Planned Parenthood's cover-up of child sex trafficking."

    Except that isn't what the video shows at all.

    Rather, the Live Action video shows edited comments made by a single Planned Parenthood employee. Live Action has so far refused to publicly release the full video of the incident, instead posting what the organization itself admits is an "abridged 11-minute video." (Live Action claims they are "sending full footage" to law enforcement officials.) [UPDATE: Live Action subsequently released what they say is the full video.]

    Is Live Action accurately portraying the Planned Parenthood employee's statements and actions? It's impossible to say for sure without the full video, but there is good reason for media to be skeptical. Lila Rose, after all, began infiltrating abortion clinics in collaboration with James O'Keefe -- a convicted criminal who repeatedly lied about his heavily edited ACORN videos. Rose herself has a history of smearing the subjects of her videos.

    But even if Live Action's video doesn't take the employee out of context, the incident obviously doesn't show Planned Parenthood covering up child sex trafficking. That's because Planned Parenthood has already reported the "potential sex trafficking" to law enforcement officials.

    On January 24, Planned Parenthood released the following statement, titled "Planned Parenthood Informs Federal Authorities of Potential Sex Trafficking" [emphasis in original]: