When it comes to Planned Parenthood, the liberal media have a selective memory, or rather, a selective agenda. Even if that means, it would seem, hiding innocent blood shed from the American public.
While the networks covered (and twisted) the news of California’s recent charges against the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), they refused to report on the group’s latest video – a video that suggests some Planned Parenthood abortionists kill babies who survive attempted abortion.
The Center for Medical Progress (CMP) first made headlines in 2015, when the self-described citizen-journalist group began releasing undercover videos to expose Planned Parenthood’s harvesting of aborted baby parts. On Wednesday, CMP published a new video: “Planned Parenthood Abortionist: ‘Pay Attention to Who's In the Room’ to Deal With Infants Born Alive.”
By Thursday afternoon, the evening and morning news shows from the three broadcast networks – ABC, CBS and NBC – still hadn’t mentioned it.
The 12-minute video featured Dr. DeShawn Taylor, medical director emerita at Planned Parenthood Arizona. The video, a CMP press release read, showed Taylor “graphically describing how to deliver intact fetuses in late-term abortions” and “indicating possible cover-up of infanticide.”
At one point, Taylor told undercover CMP representatives, “In Arizona, if that the fetus is – comes out with any signs of life, we’re supposed to transport it. To the hospital.”
When one CMP investigator responded, “Is there any standard procedure for verifying signs of life?” Dr. Taylor added, “Well, the thing is, I mean the key is, you need to pay attention to who’s in the room, right?”
Network History on CMP Video Coverage
Since the release of CMP’s first video on July 14, the broadcast network news shows have proven hesitant to publicize the story – and when they did, they refused to even utter the word “baby.”
Two months after the first video’s release, MRC Culture found that ABC, NBC and CBS had aired a mere 0.13% of the CMP footage during their news shows – or 1 minute, 13 seconds of more than 16 hours. And in early October 2015, MRC Culture discovered that the networks spent more time combined airing Cecile Richards’ defense of Planned Parenthood during a congressional hearing than showing the actual videos themselves.
From the beginning, liberal media news outlets raced to defend Planned Parenthood. In the first 9 hours and 30 minutes of news shows broadcast after the story broke, ABC, NBC and CBS, spent only 39 seconds on the first video. It took more than 24 hours before all three covered the story. In the week after the first video, the networks gave a mere 9 minutes and 11 seconds to the story (in contrast, the nets devoted more than three times that to the Susan G. Komen controversy, when the charity temporarily decided to defund the abortion giant).
ABC, NBC and CBS prioritized animals over aborted babies, by covering the shooting of Cecil the lion more in one day than they did these videos in two weeks and in their reporting on birth of the National Zoo’s panda cubs.
As more videos have been released, the networks have ignored far more videos than they have covered.
Not only that, but also they refused to cover the tens of thousands of Americans speaking out against Planned Parenthood during nationwide rallies held in late August – except as a side note when CBS tried to connect the event to arson.
While the networks covered rallies against Planned Parenthood in Jan. 2017, they omitted from their reports that abortion activists tried to disrupt pro-lifers and clashed with police.
Citing information from MRC studies, both Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and members of Congress led by Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) have slammed the media for their lack of coverage on the videos.
Hundreds of media outlets, including the networks, boast a long, cozy history with Planned Parenthood.
The media similarly stayed silent on the case of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell. Gosnell's trial, in which witnesses described baby abortion survivors “swimming" in toilets “to get out,” attracted a scant 12–15 reporters. Only after 56 days, multiple letters from members of the House of Representatives and a public outcry, did all three broadcast networks report on Gosnell.