Thursday, October 1, 2015

She Saw The Video

Carly Fiorina has jumped in the GOP polls in large part because she’s sticking to her story that she has seen the videos that show that Planned Parenthood takes apart live babies and waves their brains around before serving them with wine and salad.  Or something.  She’s insistent that she has seen them and defies her doubters to prove she hasn’t.

Let’s take her at her word and accept her assertion that she’s seen a graphic video of a medical procedure.  But was it a video of an abortion at a Planned Parenthood clinic?  That is highly doubtful.

But don’t take my word for it.  Listen to the people who have seen the same video and who know something about medicine.

So far, the video Fiorina described has not been made public. This latest video most definitely is not it.

The video, titled “Carly Fiorina was right” (warning: extremely graphic), was provided by the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform. They are the group that provided an image of a fetus, moving slightly, that is used by the Center for Medical Progress in one of their videos. This new video shows the context: The fetus is pulled from a woman and placed in a bowl. At no point does anyone say, “We have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.” There is no sound. There is no indication that we are inside a Planned Parenthood–affiliated clinic.

The only new information this video adds is the revelation that the fetus came out of a woman’s body. If that surprises you, then you have no right to weigh in on debates over women’s health care.

Scott Lemieux at LGM cites a real doctor who picks apart the video and shows that not only is it not an abortion, but raises doubts as to the provenance of the video, including its age and its country of origin.

The fact that Ms. Fiorina is still sticking by her story tells me that either she’s not very good at checking her sources or that she doesn’t care if she’s spreading demonstrably false ones.  That explains why she’s doing so well in the Republican primary, and it also explains why she is no longer working for HP.