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  • Creator Of Manipulated Planned Parenthood Videos Followed Playbook Of Group Whose False Claims On "20/20" Were Debunked By Congress

    ››› ››› RACHEL LARRIS

    Deceptively-edited videos produced by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) alleging that Planned Parenthood is illegally handling fetal tissue echo claims made 15 years ago by the anti-choice group Life Dynamics, which fell apart under scrutiny. CMP founder David Daleiden has cited a 2000 campaign by Life Dynamics and its leader, Mark Crutcher, as the inspiration behind his own group's smear campaign against Planned Parenthood.

  • Former NYT Editor Rebuts Stephen Jimenez's Claim About Matthew Shepard Story

    Blog ››› ››› JOE STRUPP

    Author Stephen Jimenez's suggestion that The New York Times Magazine killed a 2004 story he had written about the murder of Matthew Shepard because it was too politically sensitive is false, according to the former Times editor who worked on the story.

    Jimenez claimed in the story -- and in a new book -- that Shepard, a gay University of Wyoming student murdered in 1998, was not killed in an act of anti-gay hate, but instead as a result of a drug-induced rage. Shepard's murder became a rallying call for the LGBT movement; a hate crimes prevention law named after him was signed into law in 2009.

    Paul Tough, who was an editor at the magazine in 2004 and the one Jimenez says reviewed his piece, said the spiking of the story had nothing to do with politics. It just wasn't good enough.

    "My recollection is definitely that it was not killed because it was politically sensitive, but that the story just wasn't there for all of the reasons that stories sometimes aren't there," said Tough, now an author himself and Times magazine contributor. "I remember being really interested in the idea and I think the Times Magazine doesn't shy away from controversy and we're interested in new takes on things and the only reason we had assigned the story was this new idea."

    "But for whatever reason," Tough added, Jimenez "was a person I think who didn't have a lot of experience in long-form magazine writing. And so the story never got to the level where we could publish it ... it was not killed for political reasons at all."

    Shepard truthers in the right-wing media have cited Jimenez's new book, The Book of Matt: Hidden Truths about the Murder of Matthew Shepard, to assail hate crime legislation and the larger push for LGBT rights. But Jimenez's argument is tainted by its reliance on wild extrapolation, questionable and often inconsistent sources, theories that critics of his work are engaged in a "cover-up" of politically sensitive truths, and the dismissal of any evidence that runs contrary to his central thesis.

  • In health-care special featuring mainly free-market advocates, Stossel endorsed Health Savings Accounts

    ››› ››› JEREMY HOLDEN

    During a one-hour report on ABC's 20/20 on "America's health-care system," co-host John Stossel interviewed five advocates of free-market approaches to health care but only one advocate of increased government-mandated health coverage. The five free-market advocates were interviewed on air for a total of 6 minutes, 24 seconds, while the lone advocate of a public health system, filmmaker Michael Moore, was interviewed on air for a total of 1:40.

  • Stossel: It is a "myth" that "women earn less" than men "for doing the same work"

    ››› ››› JULIE MILLICAN

    On ABC's Good Morning America, John Stossel, co-host of ABC's 20/20, claimed that it is a "myth" that "women earn less" than men for "doing the same work." Stossel acknowledged that women "earn less" than men overall, and concluded that "[t]he truth is" that "men are more willing to take lousy jobs" and "work longer," and that is why they yield higher wages. In fact, contrary to Stossel's suggestion that men earn more because they take "lousy jobs," numerous studies and data indicate that, on average, men earn more than women regardless of occupation.

  • Stossel presented skewed 20/20 segment on "stupid" public schools

    ››› ››› JULIE MILLICAN

    ABC's John Stossel presented a "special report" on the failure of American public schools that included a series of misleading claims, a lack of balance in reporting and interviews, and video clips apparently created primarily for entertainment to argue for expanding "school choice" initiatives such as vouchers and charter schools.