Michele Bachmann promotes video smear of Planned Parenthood [UPDATE]

liveactioncap.jpg
Is it real, or is it propaganda?
Michele Bachmann wants to defund Planned Parenthood, and she wants you to think that Planned Parenthood supports child sex trafficking.

She's directing her Facebook visitors to a debunked video from anti-abortion activist Lila Rose, and her Live Action crew, to make her case.

In it, Live Action asserts:

"A Planned Parenthood manager in New Jersey coaches a man and a woman posing as sex traffickers how to secure secret abortions, STD testing, and contraception for their female underage sex slaves."

"This proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that Planned Parenthood intentionally breaks state and federal laws and covers up the abuse of the young girls it claims to serve," Live Action says. "Time and time again, Planned Parenthood has sent young girls back into the arms of their abusers."

Here's the video:

But there's a problem with Live Action's story: Planned Parenthood reported the possibility of the sex trafficking ring to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and the FBI a week ago, before it realized that Rose's collaborators had posed as criminals to make the video.

And there's another problem, as Media Matters and others have pointed out: Live Action aggressively edited the video. It came from just one clinic, in New Jersey, out of the 850 clinics Planned Parenthood runs. And nobody knows for sure what actually transpired there.

The New Jersey clinic and 11 others around the country were visited by a man during a week-long span in January. Once inside, he told clinic workers a lie about seeking services for a sex trafficking ring involving underage girls that he managed. As he spoke with clinic workers, a secret video camera caught the conversation.

When Planned Parenthood realized that Live Action was trying to set up its clinic workers, spokesman Stuart Schear issued a scathing denunciation.

"Falsely claiming sex trafficking to health professionals to advance a political agenda is an astoundingly cynical form of political activity," he said. "When Planned Parenthood learns of an operation that exploits young women, we vigilantly work with law enforcement authorities to uncover and stop this abhorrent activity."

AP contacted Rose, who would only say that the Planned Parenthood story was "interesting." She wouldn't confirm being the woman behind the curtain pulling the levers, but she did say that Live Action had a project in the works.

Rose released the heavily edited video yesterday. And Bachmann linked to it right away:

liveactionbachmanncap.jpg
UPDATE: National anti-abortion rights groups are doubling down on the video, and launching a well-choreographed national push to try and push a bill through Congress to take away Planned Parenthood's funding.

Previous Michele Bachmann Coverage:

My Voice Nation Help
32 comments
Sort: Newest | Oldest
Big Garage Homes
Big Garage Homes

Great post. We should be careful not to judge immediately just because a video like this shows up. There are fraudulent people out there who'd do anything to tarnish the reputation of a company. Investigate first to find out the truth.

Kevin WhiteVisit us at: 

http://www.biggaragehomes.com/

Ellen Eltgroth
Ellen Eltgroth

Why do the workers at Planned Parenthood need retraining if the videos are not showing the truth. And, by the way, why didn't the retraining in 2008 work? It is not hard to find a version of the complete tape, and the COMPLETE tape has been sent to the proper authorities to investigate it.

vaughn77
vaughn77

AMERICA is being sold out by BIG Pretenders.. This woman has allegedly been helping the mortgage industry for years by not putting in place Godly legislation to stop crooked loan companies and mortgage brokers allegedly defraud borrowers. This mortgage thing started back in 1967 when the Mafia decided to take over banks and mortgage companies. for over 40 years, the money flowed to guarantee elected officials and government agencies like HUD Fannie & Freddie would aid in this corruption. There's not a loan that doesn't have their name listed on papers. They keep senators, congress atty generals, dept of insurance, Fed Reserve Bank and all these demonic forces around to carry out this scheme for years. Now they sit back saying what happened.. Not one politician said a thing about this mortgage crash. Check who financed the homes of a lot of key people, see how many deeds of trust on the same house.. Somethings Up! Great way to pay for services rendered. Richard Nixon handed over Fannie Mae to the thugs as a gift after they allegedly guaranteed him a win.. The facts are there read them.. America is getting paid back for the evil and greed they have purportrated on the citizens. They need to do like Egypt and seek justice and expose every broker, CEO mortgage head, appraiser, title company. home seller who ruined america and let people know about them.. Democrats, Republicans and tea partycan easily be bribed folks. That why some of these oldsters don't want to leave wilkileaks needs to tell this. That's why they can give $ to dictators and oppressors and say their alliesGod is keenly aware of this and they are on His radar now...........

David Schmidt
David Schmidt

"It came from just one clinic, in New Jersey, out of the 850 clinics Planned Parenthood runs. And nobody knows for sure what actually transpired there."

Except the WHOLE UNEDITED video was released for everyone to see at http://liveaction.org/blog/pla...

"She's directing her Facebook visitors to a debunked video"

Yea so debunked that Planned Parenthood FIRED the manager in the video. This blog has no shame in writing lies.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Wait a minute Mucky, "The Government Accountability Office (GAO) only stated Acorn never mishandled the $40 million in federal money they received from nine federal agencies. They never stated it's employees never committed misconduct. Which was the intent of the video. To prove wrong doing. So apparently it was wrong of Franken, & Klobuchar to defund them on the basis of which they did.

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Yah, yah Mucky, I know; some radical activist judge gave Acorn their funding back thus proving Franken, & Klobuchar to be clueless. Also last week some "radical activist judge" ruled Obama's healthcare bill to be "unconstitutional". Since your using a judges ruling to be gospel.Any way you want to spin it.

Il128
Il128

Sweet. Next we make domestic violence legal. Then we return to the days when it wasn't against the law to rape your wife. God Bless America!

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Ya right back to the fiftys! Your woman talks back; POW right to the kisser!

By the way folks,, based on the sting operation videos, Congress voted to strip ACORN, the low-income community organizing group, of millions in federal funds. This action was taken by a democrat controlled congress. Are they all idiots? How could they vot for stripping them of some of their funding? Perhaps that's why you liberal dumbcraps provide them with your undying support.

Hey micky, I see you provided info on 3 of the 6 district that these videos portrayed. all very liberal. Again micky, why did the democrats in congress strip some of acorns funding?Senate votes 83-7 to strip ACORN of federal fundingRESOLUTIONHonoring the fact-finding reporting done by Hannah Giles and James O’Keefe III in their investigation in the fraudulent and illegal practices and misuse of taxpayer dollars by the Association of Community Organization for Reform Now (ACORN).Whereas Hannah Giles and James O’Keefe III filmed investigatory videos uncovering the fraudulent and illegal practices of the Association of Community Organization for Reform Now (ACORN);Whereas the House of Representatives voted to completely defund ACORN on September 17, 2009;Whereas these videos resulted in the potential annual savings of millions of taxpayer dollars to organizations that contract with ACORN;Whereas Hannah Giles and James O’Keefe III have displayed exemplary actions as government watchdogs and young journalists uncovering wasteful government spending; and Whereas Hannah Giles and James O’Keefe III are owed a debt of gratitude by the people of the United States: Now, therefore, be itResolved, That the House of Representatives–(1) honors Hannah Giles and James O’Keefe III for their work as investigative journalists;(2) commends Hannah Giles and James O’Keefe III for bringing to light the fraudulent behavior of the Association of Community Organization for Reform Now (ACORN) and helping save millions of taxpayer dollars that otherwise would have funded ACORN; and (3) respectfully requests the Clerk of the House to transmit an enrolled copy of this resolution to Hannah Giles and James O’Keefe III.

Voted No and Not Voting: NAYs —7 Burris (D-IL) Casey (D-PA) Durbin (D-IL) Gillibrand (D-NY) Leahy (D-VT) Sanders (I-VT) Whitehouse (D-RI); Not Voting – 9 Burr (R-NC) Byrd (D-WV) Coburn (R-OK) Graham (R-SC) Gregg (R-NH) Hutchison (R-TX) McCain (R-AZ) Mikulski (D-MD) Vitter (R-LA).

You notice how Amy Klobuchar & Al Franken were not listed in the "NO" or the "Not Voting"

Wow micky, your liberal senators must be pretty DUMB to vote yes on this! here is a source that will slap you in the face- Citypageshttp://blogs.citypages.com/blo...

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

They say the video was edited and you all jump onboard? Any proof of this? Just blind faith? Where is the edit job? Is it the rotating of the video so you don't have to get a neck cramp. But, But my master says.... Way to use your critical thinking skill people!

@ Micky - Weren’t all those employees at Acorn fired? If it was fake video, why were they fired? Some even pled guilty to criminal charges Sounds like you've been lied to.

@madmn2 - Nice spin! Way to divert! But Since you went there; I agree, the U.S. should never invade foreign land. We should reserve our ass kicking ability for protection of our homeland only. I believe God would allow one to protect themselves from harm.

@sarah - Your exactly on my position. Government should never be able to legislate this. Thus never using publically funded dollars for it's practice. But hey, thanks for playing.

Mikey1969
Mikey1969

OK, going to try this post again... Forgot and put in the fucking link, so Disqus will 'Hold it for moderation'. In case that never gets around to getting posted, which is usually with this crappy sub-par messaging system, I'm going to post it again. If it DOES show up, sorry for the double post.

So, it's a Wikipedia page, but it is heavily referenced, no criminal conduct, but it's pretty hard to hire back those employees you thought were guilty after your organization has been exonerated when you have gone out of business due to the false accusations."On December 7, 2009, the former Massachusetts Attorney General, after an independent internal investigation of ACORN, found the videos that had been released appeared to have been edited, "in some cases substantially". He found no evidence of criminal conduct by ACORN employees, but concluded that ACORN had poor management practices that contributed to unprofessional actions by a number of its low-level employees.[90][91][92][93] On March 1, 2010, the District Attorney's office for Brooklyn determined that the videos were "heavily edited"[94] and concluded that there was no criminal wrongdoing by the ACORN staff in the videos from the Brooklyn ACORN office.[95][96] On April, 1, 2010, an investigation by the California Attorney General found the videos from Los Angeles, San Diego and San Bernardino to be "heavily edited,"[8] and the investigation did not find evidence of criminal conduct on the part of ACORN employees.[8][83] On June 14, 2010, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) released its findings which showed that ACORN evidenced no sign that it, or any of its related organizations, mishandled any federal money they had received.[97][98]"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A...

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

By the way folks, based on the sting operation videos, Congress voted to strip ACORN, the low-income community organizing group, of millions in federal funds. This was by a democrat controlled Senate. Are these democrats all idots? OH wait, both our senators voted to strip the funding. Perhaps that's why you provide them and their organizations with undying support huh micky.

My last post is in review so I'll repost for ya without any linksAnd if ya want to see for yourself, google:"Franken, Klobuchar vote to prevent federal funding for ACORN" ​Both Minnesota senators voted today to prevent ACORN from receiving any federal housing grants from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The bill passed 83-7 with Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken voting "Yes." Only seven senators voted "No" (six Democrats, one Independent).

This is a huge win for politicians like Rep. Michele Bachmann that have been endlessly attacking ACORN for several issues with their work and a more recent misstep where employees are caught on camera helping conservatives undercover set up a tax system for a brothel. Last week, the Census told ACORN they didn't want their help anymore. More from the New York Times: Senator Mike Johanns, Republican of Nebraska said on the Senate floor that Acorn had received $53 million in federal funds since 1994. "This is a strong message by the Senate, and I hope this vote, which rises above partisanship to do what is right, becomes the rule rather than the exception," Mr. Johanns said in a statement released after the vote. "I will continue to work to see that Americans' tax dollars will not go to support fraudulent organizations or activities."

Mikey1969
Mikey1969

Yeah, It was defunded 9 months before they were found to have committed no wrongdoing. 'Defund ACORN' was October of '09, but the GAO finished it investigation in June of '10."The Government Accountability Office (GAO) opened an investigation of ACORN in December, 2009.[58] In June, 2010, the GAO released a preliminary report stating the investigation has found no sign the group or related organizations mishandled the $40 million in federal money they received from nine federal agencies.[105]"

Same source as before.

How do you type these posts while spinning so damn fast?

Mikey1969
Mikey1969

Here, I know it's Wikipedia, but it is heavily referenced:"On December 7, 2009, the former Massachusetts Attorney General, after an independent internal investigation of ACORN, found the videos that had been released appeared to have been edited, "in some cases substantially". He found no evidence of criminal conduct by ACORN employees, but concluded that ACORN had poor management practices that contributed to unprofessional actions by a number of its low-level employees.[90][91][92][93] On March 1, 2010, the District Attorney's office for Brooklyn determined that the videos were "heavily edited"[94] and concluded that there was no criminal wrongdoing by the ACORN staff in the videos from the Brooklyn ACORN office.[95][96] On April, 1, 2010, an investigation by the California Attorney General found the videos from Los Angeles, San Diego and San Bernardino to be "heavily edited,"[8] and the investigation did not find evidence of criminal conduct on the part of ACORN employees.[8][83] On June 14, 2010, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) released its findings which showed that ACORN evidenced no sign that it, or any of its related organizations, mishandled any federal money they had received.[97][98]"

Yeah, it's really hard to hire back fired people when your organization goes under due to false accusations.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A...

Mikey1969
Mikey1969

Wow, isn't this exactly like the fake video they used to bring down ACORN with false charges? Also, how can they call themselves 'Live Action' and then edit the fuck out of their videos, it's a total oxymoron.

yamfood
yamfood

The ACORN video worked so they figured they might as well try again!

Sarah
Sarah

I like the way you think, Mikey.

EarlDumarest
EarlDumarest

How can you smear an organization that kills babies? An organization that was started with the intention of sterilizing all poor blacks? How is it possible to make them look worse? These people have paid workers to go into black neighborhoods looking for pregnant girls and offer them government paid abortions. How can you get lower than that?

Mikey1969
Mikey1969

Wow, what KoolAid made you see THOSE pretty pictures in the sky? Might want to re-calibrate your tinfoil hat, some of the crazy is obviously leaking out onto your keyboard...

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Funny how liberal media always will group Conservatives / The TEA Party / Republicans together when someone disgusting turns up. Now look at the distance placed between the moral values of this one manager at Planned Parenthood and themselves. Correlation of Conservatives, Separation of Liberals. You see the hypocrisy? This, coming from the party notorious for their "group think"? In this case they even go as far as to defend her actions, and suggest it was "taken out of context". Ya right! I'm sure they cut out the parts where this manager laughed and said "just kidding".Ya know what would be the icing on the cake? If this was the first of many videos produced at numerous PP clinics. Remember the Acorn scandal? They defended it saying "it was an isolated incident, the BAM out comes the next sting video.

One more thing; Allowing your money to pay for the murder of the unborn without your personal objection, is in fact you taking part in the eternal sin of "thou shall not kill". But hey, I sure you're all Godless souls anyhow.

Mikey1969
Mikey1969

Hey douchebag, you didn't actually READ the article, did you?Here's the part that you missed:"But there's a problem with Live Action's story: Planned Parenthood reported the possibility of the sex trafficking ring to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and the FBI a week ago, before it realized that Rose's collaborators had posed as criminals to make the video."

See, they 'went along' with these people and then called the cops on them.

Jesus, not only are you a 'Conservative Jerk', but you're a fuckin' moron on top of it. If the Conservatives had any sense, they root out people like you and threaten you with force if you continue to use the term in public...

yamfood
yamfood

They probably cut out significant portions of this video. There is at least one point where I thought it was edited, but it will need to be examined by experts. If this woman wanted to help young women get access to abortions and testing for STDs then she may very well have been giving them advice on how to circumvent regulations that would prevent that. It does not mean that she was promoting or condoning underage sex-work, exploitation of minors, etc. But that's not the only important part of this story. There is also the fact that PP reported these incidents to the authourities and they were investigated and found to be a hoax. Then these Live Action idiots go and put their ridiculous video out anyway, because they know the media will be ineffective in debunking it.

As for the ACORN scandal, that is why Live Action think the media won't debunk them. The videos from the ACORN scandal were given a free-ride in the media. The mainstream media did such a bad job on this story that you still think there was something going on at ACORN. The various states where these videos were made investigated and found there was no wrongdoing on ACORN's part.

Sarah
Sarah

The pro-life position is completely religious. The government should not be able to legislate about it.

And just because I don't believe in the Christian version of God doesn't mean I'm a "Godless soul."

But thanks for playing.

madm2
madm2

How about this, Kirk: Allowing our money to pay for the slaughter of HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of innocent women and children in needless war is, in fact, you taking part in the eternal sin of "thou shall not kill".

Junga2001
Junga2001

If politicians are using propaganda to market their views - surely then these people can't be trusted. Journalism is much the same thing - if journalists begin making things up and bending the stories (much like today!!) - the news becomes less of an informational tool and more of a propaganda and marketing tool.

Certain folks need to exercise due diligence when they are public speaking - whether it's true or not - linking to it and backing it infers some creditable reasoning... one would think.. but sadly not.

David Schmidt
David Schmidt

How is it propaganda, the full video was released and Planned Parenthood fired the manager in the video.

Tommy Johnson
Tommy Johnson

In Bachmann's "defense"-- she never said it was true; she just said it.....

David Schmidt
David Schmidt

The video is true...Planned Parenthood fired the manager in the video.

Now Trending

From the Vault

 

Loading...