From cartoonist Clay Jones about ‘Planned Targeting,’ the bogus Planned Parenthood videos from the Center for Medical Progress, and other members of the Lying Liars Club
The Center For Medical Progress created a sting operation and videos as bogus as their name. Their accusations that Planned Parenthood was selling and profiting from body parts of aborted children turned out to be a total lie and cleared by 11 state investigations. A Houston grand jury was the latest investigation and instead of delivering indictments on Planned Parenthood, they dished them out to David Daleiden, the head of the faker organization, and one of his colleagues, Sandra Merritt, on a felony charge for using fake driver’s licenses to gain access to a Planned Parenthood facility in Texas. Daleiden was also indicted on a misdemeanor count related to purchasing human organs; Planned Parenthood says it turned down an “astronomical amount” offered by Daleiden to procure fetal organs.
Daleiden uses the defense that he uses the same tactics as journalists. Wrong. Journalism is not about presenting misinformation, no matter what the right wing believes (except on Fox News where it will get you your own show). It’s also not about activism.
Daleiden’s agenda is to destroy Planned Parenthood. Unfortunately for him, Planned Parenthood is operating within the law, so to turn public opinion away from supporting Planned Parenthood, he made stuff up. The majority of Americans support government funding for Planned Parenthood. If you’re a realist — even if you’re anti-choice — you would realize that Planned Parenthood actually decreases the amount of abortions in this country.
If you’re in the right and your argument is just and valid, then you shouldn’t have to lie. That’s the journalism part Daleiden doesn’t understand. If he gets locked up, then he’ll have plenty of time to think about it. Maybe he can share a cell with the guy who was so inspired by his videos that he shot up a clinic in Colorado.
Despite the indictments and the many investigations that have cleared Planned Parenthood, several presidential candidates are continuing with the lie, the most egregious being Carly Fiorina, who lies about EVERYTHING and abducted children for an anti-choice speech and photo-op. Joining her in the lying liars club is Mike Huckabee, Marco Rubio, John Kasich, and Ted Cruz. Maybe Planned Parenthood will look into suing these people for slander and defamation. I think they have a case.