The GOP’s vile Planned Parenthood lies have completely fallen apart

The GOP's vile Planned Parenthood lies have completely fallen apart

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SALON

The irony of David Daleiden’s indictment is thicker than the skulls of the Republicans who were suckered by the content of his phony videos. Not only was the anti-choice zealot from the Center for Medical Progress responsible for a series of deceptively-edited Planned Parenthood videos indicted as the result of a GOP-led investigation launched by extremist Texas governor Greg Abbott, but Daleiden was partly indicted for attempting to illegally purchase fetal body parts — the very thing he was plotting to expose in the first place.

It’s a victory for more than just Planned Parenthood and reproductive rights in a climate where victories are scant. It’s a victory for reality in a world where the Republican Party is increasingly ensconced in fantasy land.

The problem for the Republicans is the same as it’s been from the day the videos first dropped. They’ve permanently grappled their reputations onto a series of obvious fabrications in spite of the fact that the videos were almost immediately debunked as frauds by nonpartisan fact-checkers. Following suit, now 12 state-level investigations, including many by red state governors, have completely exonerated Planned Parenthood from any wrongdoing including the false allegations in the videos.

There’s never been a more obvious illustration of confirmation bias than the GOP’s knee-jerk support for Daleiden’s big ruse. They needed the videos to be real in order to perpetuate this absurd lie about Planned Parenthood, that a chain of clinics which engages mostly in non-abortion related services is actively engaged in a holocaust against the unborn — coercing naive pregnant women into their clever abortion factories where patients are forced to undergo grisly procedures more closely associated with Rob Zombie movies. From there, the lie feeds popular support for legislation to crush Planned Parenthood at both the state and federal levels. At the end of the day, the Republicans have based an entire anti-choice movement on a work of fiction.

And yet they can’t quit the lie, even if they wanted to. Several of the second-tier Republican candidates for president weighed in on the indictment of Daleiden and, without flinching, stuck to their original lies.

Carly Fiorina said to radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt:

“Yes, well, this is why it’s a fight for the character of our nation. We know for a fact that because of Planned Parenthood’s own announcement that they would no longer accept payments for what they call ‘fetal tissue,’ and they were in fact trafficking in baby body parts. So guess what? I’m not going to sit down and be quiet as I said at the March for Life. I will not sit down and be quiet, I know the value of life, we know what’s going on, and I will continue to stand for the character of this nation,” she said.

“Here’s what I know: Planned Parenthood has been trafficking in body parts. Planned Parenthood has been altering late-term abortion techniques to this specific purpose of harvesting body parts. In President Fiorina budget, there will not be a single dime for Planned Parenthood.”

Bitter clingin’ proud clingers indeed. Not even a confession by and conviction of Daleiden would shake the lie from Fiorina’s talon-like grasp. To be clear, Planned Parenthood pledged to no longer be compensated for expenses when transporting fetal tissue to medical labs for research into cures for Parkison’s and Alzheimer’s. To accuse Fiorina of being disingenuous is an insult to disingenuous people. She’s outright lying and she knows it. But it polls well among the overzealous GOP base, so she’s clinging to this provable series of falsehoods.

Meanwhile, Marco Rubio noted the irony of the whole thing, though he failed to see the humor in the turnabout.

“I’m disturbed. We’ll need to learn more, but I’m disturbed that while Planned Parenthood, who are the ones that were actually selling off these (body) parts were found having done nothing wrong, the people who tried to expose them are the ones that are now facing criminal charges,” he said.

It can’t be that Daleiden and the others illegally smeared Planned Parenthood in an elaborate hoax. It has to be that there’s a miscarriage of justice. In fact, the Alex Jones InfoWars people are already claiming the grand jury was rigged as part of a circuitous plot to continue the so-called genocide. We can expect the mainstream GOP to follow Jones’ lead very soon.

Elsewhere, Ben Carson upped his rhetoric against Planned Parenthood. Via spokesman Larry Ross, Carson vowed to prosecute Planned Parenthood for crimes that eight states and Health & Human Services failed to prove in any way.

“He is equally shocked that they instead decided to indict the individuals that exposed Planned Parenthood’s heinous and illegal activities,” Ross wrote in an email. “As President, he will use the full weight of his office to not only cut off all federal funding for this organization, but also prosecute them for crimes against the unborn.”

We have to seriously question whether Carson’s alleged “crimes against the unborn” were committed by the pregnant women who voluntarily visited Planned Parenthood and chose to have a safe, legal abortion. If the clinics are guilty, aren’t the women who chose to terminate their pregnancies? This is a seldom discussed prong of the GOP’s strategy: criminalizing women who have abortions. Someone should ask Dr. Carson what the penalty would be. In fact, someone should ask “libertarian” Rand Paul whose fetal personhood laws would have the same punitive impact on women.

And finally, here’s Mike Huckabee with his predictably hyperbolic reaction:

Um. One third of the federal government is actively trying to de-fund and destroy Planned Parenthood, along with half of the states. That’s hardly a matter of a government accommodation for the clinics. While we’re here, I’m still waiting for just one — one! — investigation to prove the claims made by Daleiden. Of course, it’ll never happen for obvious reasons, and it doesn’t really need to. As long as there are true-believers who desperately want the videos to be true, there doesn’t need to be an authoritative verification of Daleiden’s twisted content.

And that’s the nation we’ve inherited. One of the two major political parties has built its shoddy platform on a superstructure of lies. The bubble is stronger than ever, and not even a conviction of Daleiden as the end result of a GOP probe will disrupt the integrity of the epistemic closure surrounding the conservative right.

Planned Parenthood Sues Group Behind Video Smear Campaign

 

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Planned Parenthood Federation of America filed a federal lawsuit on Thursday against the people involved in creating and promoting the deceptively-edited videos that claim the organization profits from the sale of aborted fetuses. The lawsuit asserts that the group that released the videos, the Center for Medical Progress, engaged in various forms of illegal conduct — including mail fraud, illegal secret recording, and invasion of privacy.

“The people behind this fraud lied and broke the law in order to spread malicious lies about Planned Parenthood,” said Dawn Laguens, executive vice president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. “This lawsuit exposes the elaborate, illegal conspiracy designed to block women’s access to safe and legal abortion, and we filed the case to hold them accountable.”

The lawsuit states that over the course of nearly three years, multiple members of CMP obtained fake government I.D.s and formed a fake tissue procurement company, Biomax, in an effort to elbow their way into private medical conferences and health care centers, like Planned Parenthood. Their work came to a crux last July, when the group released the first of several videosfeaturing conversations they had with Planned Parenthood staff, where heavy editing made it seem like the nonprofit was profiting off of the remains of aborted fetuses.

Planned Parenthood denied the accusations, maintaining that the fetal tissue they did donate to research organizations never came with a price tag. But CMP’s campaign quickly became the fodder for anti-abortion legislation in Congress and GOP presidential candidates’ talking points.

House Republicans launched an investigation into the videos’ claims, leading Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards to appear before the House Oversight Committee to defend the organization’s use of fetal tissue. A slew of states also conducted their own investigations of their local Planned Parenthood clinics — but, so far, 11 of them have concluded by clearing Planned Parenthood of wrongdoing. None have found the organization guilty.

“CMP’s reckless and dangerous actions have created a poisonous environment that fuels political attacks on access to reproductive health care and feeds threats against our health centers,” said Kathy Kneer, CEO of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California. Kneer described the lawsuit as an example of the organization going on the offensive.

The move hasn’t impressed anti-abortion groups, who continue to insist the group is selling “aborted baby parts.”

“Planned Parenthood is again trying to distract the public from its barbaric and illegal practices of profiting off of the body parts of unborn children,” wrote John-Henry Westen, editor of anti-abortion website LifeSiteNews, in a reply to the news.

Planned Parenthood’s lawsuit isn’t the first against the group. Shortly after the videos were released, the National Abortion Federation filed a federal lawsuit seeking a temporary restraining order to prohibit CMP from making any further videos public. But Planned Parenthood’s lawsuit demands much more from CMP and its affiliates, requesting “restitution of actual damages, compensatory and punitive damages and triple damages for violations under the civil RICO claim, as well as attorneys’ fees.”

ALEX ZIELINSKI

Misinformer Of The Year: The Center For Medical Progress

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Media Matters’ OLIVIA KITTEL compiled a boat-load of data for this extensive report.  I’ve only published a fraction of what the article contains.

However, as the comments suggest at the end of her extensive research, “Right-wing trolls” will not read the article in it’s entirety but will call it disinformation and lies when, according to MMA the right-wing Center for Medical Progress is the one who is not reporting accurate facts. ~ks

MEDIA MATTERS

Conservative media figures and their right-wing political allies thought that this was the year they could finally achieve their decades-long goal of destroying Planned Parenthood’s reputation and ability to provide health care to millions of Americans.

Since July, the previously-unknown anti-choice group Center for Medical Progress has released a series of dishonestly edited videos that falsely accuse Planned Parenthood of illegally selling “baby parts.” Long-standing opponents of the organization’s mission used those deceptive videos to generate congressional hearings, state and federal investigations, and endless media chatter smearing the group over its alleged “illegal” activity and qualifications for federal funding.

Worse, amid this toxic media environment for Planned Parenthood, threats and violence against reproductive health providers spiked — culminating in the deadly November shooting attack on a Colorado Planned Parenthood by a man who called himself a “warrior for the babies” trying to ensure that there were “no more baby parts.”

The latest campaign to damage Planned Parenthood has experienced setbacks, with multiple government investigations clearing the group of any wrongdoing and law enforcement agencies reacting to this uptick in anti-choice violence. But the saga is illustrative of the way dishonest activists with shady backers – in this case with ties to violent extremism — can utilize the power of the conservative echo chamber to try to advance their destructive politics.

Center For Medical Progress May Be New, But Its Backers Are Well-Known Anti-Choice Extremists

The Center for Medical Progress (CMP) began the year entirely unknown. But over the past five months, the anti-choice organization has become a prominent cog in the conservative machine thanks to its series of deceptively-edited smear videos that purported to show Planned Parenthood profiting from the illegal sale of fetal tissue. The videos prompted a Republican legislative attack on the group, drew criticism from major media figures, and inspired virulent anti-choice rhetoric that many have linked to recent violence against reproductive health care providers.

CMP bills itself as a non-profit “group of citizen journalists.” But behind these supposed “citizen journalists” are a variety of disreputable anti-choice actors. CMP founder David Daleiden has a long history with discredited conservative groups, including anti-choice group Live Action, where Daleiden worked as the director of research. Fittingly, Live Action has also deceptively edited undercover footage of reproductive health care clinics in an attempt to smear Planned Parenthood.

As the face of CMP, Daleiden has made numerous media appearances in which he baselessly accusedPlanned Parenthood of “harvesting and selling aborted baby parts” and committing an illegal abortion procedure of “partial-birth abortion.” The accusations are inflammatory and false, but have been repeated by various right-wing media figures. In the creation of CMP and its strategy, Daleiden took advice from the perpetrators of an earlier campaign against Planned Parenthood carried out by an older anti-choice group called “Life Dynamics,” which in the late 1990s also made wild allegations of illegal profiteering on fetal tissue in order to whip up anti-choice media coverage. These claims of illegal activity collapsed under closer scrutiny.

Troy Newman, a CMP board member and adviser to Daleiden, is an established figure in the extremist wing of the anti-choice movement. Newman has infamously argued that the killer of an abortion doctor should have been allowed to argue that the murder was a “justifiable defensive action,” and is the president of Operation Rescue – a group that consulted on CMP’s videos and has a violent background of its own. The group’s senior policy adviser, for example, was sentenced in 1988 for conspiring to bomb a San Diego abortion clinic, and was in communication with the murderer of abortion provider Dr. George Tiller, helping the murderer track Tiller’s court dates.

Right-Wing Media Catnip: CMP’s “Investigative Journalism” Consists Of Deceptively Edited Videos

CMP’s videos used undercover footage of actors’ conversations with Planned Parenthood officials and with staff members of private, for-profit biomedical procurement companies. The videos were heavily edited to cut out crucial parts of conversations to make it appear that Planned Parenthood officials were “sell[ing] the body parts of aborted fetuses,” and agreeing to alter abortion procedures to profit from the illegal sale of fetal tissue. But the more extensive footage released on CMP’s website routinely undermined the sensationalist claims of the edited versions, showing that Planned Parenthood officials were discussing routine and long-legal reimbursement for costs associated with tissue donation, not selling “baby parts.” The longer footage also featured officials reiterating that everything done is “for the safety of the patient,” and stating that they could not and would not modify or delay the procedure for the sake of fetal tissue donation, per Planned Parenthood and tissue donation guidelines. Some videos also relied on comments from third party sources that never worked for Planned Parenthood, and similarly did not implicate Planned Parenthood in any illegal activity.

In fact, while Planned Parenthood has been shown to have done nothing illegal, CMP currently finds itself in court unsuccessfully trying to hide its anonymous backers because it may have engaged in a criminal conspiracy to produce the videos in the first place.

Despite the flimsy nature of the allegations, right-wing media quickly seized on the videos, and Fox News led the charge. Fox host Bill O’Reilly called for an FBI investigation into Planned Parenthood, Megyn Kelly accused the organization of “celebrating its practice of harvesting the organs of aborted fetuses for money,” and network correspondent Peter Doocy asserted that he searched the organization’s website for “fetal baby part prices” but did not get results because the sale is a “well-kept secret.”

Other conservative media figures used CMP’s videos to compare Planned Parenthood to Nazis, likening abortion to genocide, and used the videos to call for completely defunding the women’s health care provider – even going so far as to support a government shutdown to do so.

While CMP’s smear campaign found a receptive audience among conservative figures, more responsible outlets condemned CMP after reviewing their claims, saying the videos took Planned Parenthood personnel’s words “grossly out of context” and showed “nothing illegal.” The New York Times editorial board called the videos a “campaign of deception” and said those who use the videos for political purposes care “nothing about the truth.”

Fetal Tissue Donation Was A Bipartisan Initiative That Is Now A Political Weapon Against Planned Parenthood

Fetal tissue donation and reimbursement for “reasonable expenses occasioned by the actual retrieval, storage, preparation, and transportation of the tissues” are both legal with informed consent, and were created in response to the advice of medical experts. Planned Parenthood has repeatedly explained that its clinics “help patients who want to donate tissue for scientific research” with “the highest ethical and legal standards,” and receive “no financial benefit” from the arrangement aside from reimbursement of “actual costs, such as the cost to transport tissue” — consistent with industry standards.

Legal fetal tissue donations support critical medical research and help cure diseases, and Planned Parenthood is only one of many groups that support this initiative (other groups that provide tissue donations include clinics associated with universities). Scientists have already noted the ramifications of CMP’s smears, explaining that they’ve seen a dramatic drop in the availability of tissue donations, threatening the “life-saving research” the donations enable. Planned Parenthood announced in October that it would no longer accept any reimbursement for expenses associated with its fetal tissue donation program.

Despite the fact that CMP’s fabrications have been thoroughly condemned and debunked, their false smears have nonetheless fueled Republican lawmakers’ latest attempts to defund Planned Parenthood, fundraise off the outrage, and bolster their presidential campaigns by proving their “anti-abortion bona fides,” as Salon’s Heather Digby Parton wrote.

Following the release of CMP’s first video, the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) along with then-House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy called for a congressional investigation into Planned Parenthood, which was launched by the House Energy and Commerce Committee. After the release of the second video, congressional Republicans introduced legislation to defund Planned Parenthood. Sen. Rand Paul introduced “an amendment to the tax code that would strip Planned Parenthood of the federal dollars it receives annually for a range of women’s health services.” Rep. Diane Black (R-TN) introduced the Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015, which called for “an immediate one-year moratorium on support” for the organization while it was being investigated by Congress. (The House Oversight Committee even used the heavily-edited footage to promote its hearing on Planned Parenthood.)  Remarkably, after House Republicans voted to create a special committee solely to investigate Planned Parenthood, chair of the hearing, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), admitted the committee had not uncovered any evidence that Planned Parenthood broke the law.

But that did not stop Republican presidential candidates from adopting CMP’s language into their own platforms. During the first Republican presidential primary debate, Carly Fiorina falsely claimed (and later repeated) that video taken inside a Planned Parenthood clinic showed a “fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking, while someone says we have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.” Numerous media outlets quickly called Fiorina out for citing something that “does not exist.”

Later, Mike Huckabee falsely claimed that Planned Parenthood collaborates in “the selling of body parts.” Donald Trump said the videos showed “these people from Planned Parenthood talking about it like you’re selling parts to a car.” Ted Cruz asserted “Planned Parenthood officials [participate in] callously, heartlessly bartering and selling the body parts of human beings.” Marco Rubio even suggested Planned Parenthood “pushe[s women] into abortions so that those [fetal] tissues can be harvested and sold for a profit.” And Chris Christie suggested that Planned Parenthood supports “”the systematic murder of children in the womb to preserve their body parts in a way that maximizes their value for sale for profit.”

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Republican Senators Introduce Amendment To Stop GOP From Defunding Planned Parenthood

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Collins led the charge on Senate floor Thursday announcing that defunding Planned Parenthood could lead to “the closure of several hundred clinics across the country, depriving millions of women of the health care provider of their choice.”

Collins amendment was to strike language in the Senate’s budget reconciliation bill, which redirected money from Planned Parenthoods to other community health clinics. Republican leaders included the defund language as a statement against Planned Parenthood, which sting videos alleged was selling fetal tissue.

Planned Parenthood has denied those accusations.

The reconciliation package, which included language to gut Obamacare is expected to be vetoed by the president.

But, moderate Republicans especially those running for re-election in swing states like Kirk had reason to be worried that the mere optics of voting to defund Planned Parenthood sent the wrong message back home. After all, Planned Parenthood does more than provide abortions. The clinics offer women health screenings and access to birth control.

LAUREN FOX

 

‘A CRIME AGAINST WOMEN’

THE HUFFINGTON POST

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Why It Matters That Yet Another State Has Cleared Planned Parenthood Of Wrongdoing

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After a four month long investigation, the Planned Parenthood affiliate in Washington State has been cleared of any allegations of wrongdoing or illegal activity. State Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced on Monday that there is no evidence that Planned Parenthood performs so-called “partial-birth abortions,” or that any of the clinics sell fetal tissue for profit.

His letter stated that his office “found no basis to believe that Planned Parenthood is selling fetal tissue or profiting from fetal tissue donations,” and that procedures performed by Planned Parenthood are of a “legally authorized medical procedure.”

Washington now joins the list of many other states where investigations have fallen flat. However, these findings in Washington are particularly meaningful for one major reason: Washington is one of the only two states where the organization currently offers abortion patients the option to donate fetal tissue for medical and scientific research.

Republican state officials started launching investigations into Planned Parenthood affiliates in early August, after a misleading series of videos released by Center for Medical Progress accused the organization of illegally profiting from the sale of fetal tissue. The heavily edited videos have been widely referenced by GOP lawmakers in attempts to defund the health clinics and have resulted in state-wide investigations.

So far, they have all come up empty. Officials in states like Georgia, Indiana, Massachusetts, South Dakota, and Missouri have not been able to turn up any evidence that Planned Parenthood clinics are violating state laws and regulations regarding the collection of fetal tissue donations.

Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards confirmed last month that her group’s affiliates willno longer accept any reimbursements for the cost of collecting and transporting fetal tissue samples. Richards explained in her statement that, although it’s legal for abortion clinics to receive reimbursement for the costs incurred by fetal tissue donation, her organization is taking steps to “completely debunk the disingenuous argument” that Planned Parenthood is improperly profiting from this practice. She also pointed out that Planned Parenthood’s role in fetal tissue research is “an extremely small part” of what they do — just 1 percent of the health centers facilitate tissue donation for scientific research.

Despite there being no evidence of wrongdoing, Richards was still grilled by the GOP lawmakers for more than five hours in October as they questioned whether or not Planned Parenthood deserves taxpayer support. Thanks to the renewed momentum against the group, anti-choice activists and lawmakers have gone through tremendous efforts in their crusade against Planned Parenthood’s health clinics — such as dropping the organization from government-run charity campaigns, banning Planned Parenthood employees from speaking on college campuses, and cutting Medicaid funding to clinics that do not perform abortions in the first place.

One of the biggest chunks of Planned Parenthood’s budget comes from providing health services, like birth control consultations, STD testing, and cancer screenings, to people enrolled in Medicaid. Abortions make up 3 percent of the clinic’s total services and federal funds are prohibited from being used for abortion by law.

Paul Ryan signals end of his short honeymoon, admits Planned Parenthood can’t be defunded

Newly elected Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Paul Ryan wields the speaker's gavel for the first time on Capitol Hill in Washington October 29, 2015. REUTERS/Gary Cameron  - RTX1TUEO
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DAILY KOS

Paul Ryan hasn’t even worked a full day as speaker of the House, and he’s already said enough to make members of the Freedom Caucus write up their motions to vacate the chair.

“I think we need to be very clear about what we can and cannot achieve and not set expectations that we know we can’t reach given the constraints of the Constitution,” Ryan told CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union.” […]Bash asked, “Will you defund Planned Parenthood?”

“This is what I mean when I say being an effective opposition party. I think being an effective opposition party means being honest with people upfront about what it is we can and cannot achieve,” he said. […] “We have a president that isn’t willing to listen, that isn’t going to sign lots of our bills into law, we have a Senate that has a very difficult process when it comes to actually getting bills voted on, so knowing that we have those constraints, we have to operate within those constraints.”

In other words, no, he won’t defund Planned Parenthood. That’s the kind of public acknowledgement of reality that doomed John Boehner. He does go on to say, “I believe we need to do our oversight. We’re just beginning to start a committee to investigate Planned Parenthood. That’s important. So the special committee on Planned Parenthood, I think, should be in the driver’s seat overseeing this process.” So there’s that—he’s perfectly willing to waste even more of the taxpayers’ money on purely political investigations. That might keep the maniacs satisfied for a few weeks.

Joan McCarter

GOP’s case against Planned Parenthood collapses: Jason Chaffetz admits he uncovered no wrongdoing

GOP's case against Planned Parenthood collapses: Jason Chaffetz admits he uncovered no wrongdoing
FILE – In this Sept. 30, 2014 file photo, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Republicans remain in charge of the House, but it won’t be the same Republicans leading many committees. House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, is poised to run the chamber for the fifth straight year, but nine committees are getting new heads, providing an opportunity for fresh faces to make an impact on issues such as defense, government spending and taxes. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)(Credit: AP)

SALON

“Was there any wrongdoing? I didn’t find any,” the would-be House Speaker admitted

As if truth-telling worked out so well for his colleague Kevin McCarthy, Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz has just admitted that the GOP’s investigation into Planned Parenthood’s misuse of federal funds turned out to be a dud.

“Did I look at the finances and have a hearing specifically as to the revenue portion and how they spend? Yes. Was there any wrongdoing? I didn’t find any,” Huffington Post’s Jennifery Bendery reports the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman admitted during yet another hearing on Thursday.

Chaffetz is of course, currently preoccupied lobbying to lead his fellow House Republicans after current House Speaker John Boehner announced his surprise resignation from Congress at the end of this month (Boehner has since offered to stay on as speaker until a replacement is found).

Chaffetz announced his upstart challenge to McCarthy last week, but after continued fallout over McCarthy’s boast to Fox News’ Sean Hannity that the Select Committee on Benghazi has served as a successful political tool against Hillary Clinton, McCarthy’s coronation turned into a collapse. Curiously, the Utah Republican has followed a similar route to McCarthy’s, admitting that his committee’s investigation into Planned Parenthood has been unsuccessful.

“Did we find any wrongdoing? The answer was no,” Chaffetz said.

Just last week, all three cable networks covered his grilling of Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards and his tearful introduction blaming her organization for causing the death of his parents by wasting limited federal resources that could otherwise have been used for cancer research.

“Cancer in this country kills about 1,500 people a day,” Chaffetz said. “A day — and yet our federal government only spends $5 billion to fight it. If they were shooting 1,500 people a day, if there were rockets coming in, we would be fighting this with everything we’ve got.”

“Every time we spend a federal dollar,” Chaffetz added, “what we’re doing is we’re pulling money out of somebody’s pocket and we’re giving it to somebody else.”

For five hours, Republican lawmakers grilled Richards about her salary, the organization’s travel budget and of course abortions, all the while ignoring that Planned Parenthood provides crucial cervical cancer screenings.

“I think there will continue to be investigations,” Chaffetz said of the ongoing charade to prop up a series of  selectively edited undercover videos that purport to show the discussion of fetal tissue donation sales that triggered this latest defunding effort.

During Thursday’s hearing, Republicans successfully admitted a graphic abortion video, that a witness testified under oath was not even filmed inside a Planned Parenthood location, into the Congressional record as evidence against the women’s health organization.

H/t: DB

Trevor Noah: Imagine if Repubs used their ‘pro-life passion’ against the NRA and not Planned Parenthood

'Daily Show' host Trevor Noah on Oct. 5, 2015. [YouTube]
‘Daily Show’ host Trevor Noah on Oct. 5, 2015. [YouTube]

THE RAW STORY

Daily Show host Trevor Noah asked his viewers on Monday to imagine what would happen if Republicans put as much effort into regulating guns as they did womens’ reproductive health.

“The amount of lives they save could reach superhero levels,” he said. “They just need to have a superhero’s total dedication to life. Right now they’re more like comic book collectors: human life only holds value until you take it out of the package, and then it’s worth nothing.”

Noah then asked his audience to “imagine if we could bring some of that pro-life passion into being more, well, pro-life,” adding his own gun-safety commentary to anti-abortion rhetoric from various conservatives.

As things stand, though, Noah argued that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Rep. Jason Chaffetz are more underwhelming characters, dubbing Bush “the Tranquilizer” and Chaffetz “Delusional Man.” In Chaffetz’s case, he said, the Utah congressman reacted to being widely-criticized for his performance in a House hearing on Planned Parenthood by announcing that he would run for House Speaker.

“What the hell?” Noah asked. “A guy who gets stronger the more embarrassed he gets?”

Noah also made fun of GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina for her tough talk regarding a Planned Parenthood video that actually did not exist.

“When Carly Fiorina plays truth or dare, she does not mess around,” the host said, before noting that the videos purporting to show the sale of “baby parts” have been debunked.

Watch Noah’s commentary, as posted online on Monday.

Late Night’s Seth Meyers on the Disgraceful Republican Behavior at the Planned Parenthood Hearing

LITTLE GREEN FOOTBALLS

Seth Meyers calls out the bogus charts, the constant interruptions, and the ridiculous lying from Republicans at the Planned Parenthood hearing this week. (Not a huge fan of Seth Meyers, but he nails it in this segment.)