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The New York Times Is Officially Running Interference For Planned Parenthood


SEAN DAVIS

Source:
The Federalist
Type:
Media/Opinion
Date:
7/22/2015

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ABSTRACT The New York Times Is Running Interference For Planned Parenthood our latest most popular contributors subscribe our latest most popular events subscribe Abortion The New York Times Is Officially Running Interference For Planned Parenthood The New York Times refused to print a single quote from the entire hour-long conversation captured in the video released yesterday By Sean Davis By Sean Davis July 22, 2015 Email Print Planned Parenthood is in hot water due to videos showing its executives haggling over the prices of baby body parts, and the New York Times wants to make sure its readers know that Planned Parenthood is awesome and its detractors are icky. Yesterday, the second in what is rumored to be a series of undercover sting videos against Planned Parenthood was released by the Center for Medical Progress. In the video, Mary Gatter — one of Planned Parenthood’s top medical offers — is seen negotiating over the price of livers from aborted babies. In one scene, she says she doesn’t want to be the first to name a price for the baby parts, because the first person to name a price in a negotiation always loses. In another, Gatter says that if the price offered is too low, she can just “bump it up.” Why? “I want a Lamborghini,” she says. The video and news stories about it went viral almost immediately, with the topic shooting to the top of trending topic lists for both Twitter and Facebook. If you exclusively read the New York Times , however, you’d know nothing of the story. That’s because the paper, along with sites like Huffington Post and BuzzFeed, refused to publish anything about the new video yesterday. Trending on Facebook? Check. Trending on Twitter? Check. Completely missing from BuzzFeed? You know it. pic.twitter.com/Y5h7WY5jnK Sean Davis (@seanmdav) July 22, 2015 What's amazing about this is HuffPo published a story yesterday wherein @PPact warns that new videos are coming out pic.twitter.com/rAlgrAFBUH Sean Davis (@seanmdav) July 21, 2015 Your search – lamborghini – did not match any documents." All the news that's fit to bury, right, @nytimes ? pic.twitter.com/6lisCmuLUz Sean Davis (@seanmdav) July 21, 2015 This morning, however, the New York Times finally saw fit to address the story. Well, kind of. Instead of providing a straightforward accounting of what happens in the video of Gatter and her colleagues discussing the purchase and sale of human organs over a meal in a noisy restaurant, the New York Times published a 1,500-word expose on…the group that produced the videos. To her credit, Jackie Calmes, the author of the New York Times report, did reference in the second paragraph the haggling over baby body parts clearly shown in the video. To her discredit, Calmes’ reference was just used as an excuse to print Planned Parenthood’s defense that the negotiation over the price of aborted baby body parts prices was totally legal: On Tuesday, for a second time in two weeks, a video appeared online showing a Planned Parenthood official in California discussing over lunch the price of providing fetal parts to a man and woman who are never shown on camera, but who are posing as buyers from a firm that procures tissue for medical researchers. Once again, Planned Parenthood condemned the scam for deceptively characterizing its handling fees to cover expenses, which are legal, as illegal profiteering. The repetition of the nonsense defense from Planned Parenthood is remarkable, because it directly contradicts the conversation that happens in the video. A person who only wants to be reimbursed for the costs of a good or procedure does not need to haggle. She does not need to worry about throwing out the first figure for fear of losing money. S.......