As the days go by, the truth about those Planned Parenthood videos is growing clearer and clearer, just as it did to those of us who knew exactly what they were doing with them back when they were released.
But Neil Cavuto is here to save the Center for Medical Progress director David Daleiden from the divining arrow of truth.
During the September 25 broadcast of his Fox Business Network show Cavuto: Coast to Coast, Cavuto responded to critics pointing out that the CMP videos are edited and "did not represent what Planned Parenthood was really about" by falsely claiming, "I made a point when these [CMP] videos came out of picking any one of them -- which were not edited or strung together -- picking out an objectionable part and playing it at home. There was not a lot of doctoring going on there." Cavuto then hosted CMP founder David Daleiden, giving him a platform to promote falsehoods about Planned Parenthood and the CMP video stings:
Take THAT, skeptics! Neil Cavuto says they weren't edited so they must not have been edited.
Also? Don't worry about the fact that Daleiden's tactic was yanked straight from the book of LIfe Dynamics, Inc., an organization that is still alive and thriving in Texas.
Daleiden also said on the program: "It's been a good 15 years" since the issue of illegal sales of fetal tissue has been discussed. He did not mention that he modeled his own campaign against Planned Parenthood based on the work done 15 years ago by the discredited anti-choice group Life Dynamics whose star witness, a medical technician named Lawrence Dean Alberty, admitted to lying to Life Dynamics about having witnessed illegal activity involving fetal tissue collection and profiteering.
This might be a good time to note that Life Dynamics has received a good deal of money ($600,000 in 2013) from fracking billionaire Farris Wilks' Thirteen Foundation.
The veracity of what is "unedited video" from the Center for Medical Progress has become an issue in light of a subpoena issued on September 23 by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), the Chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, requesting from CMP "all unedited video footage in their possession, relating to the acquisition, preparation and sale of fetal tissue." Several GOP-led House committees have announced or begun hearings following the release of CMP's deceptively-edited videos targeting Planned Parenthood, leading to calls from some Republicans to shut down the federal government if Planned Parenthood is not defunded by Congress.
On September 25, attorneys for Planned Parenthood submitted a letter to both Chaffetz and House Oversight Committee Ranking Member Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), which included a document from former FBI forensic video/audio analyst Douglas Lacey, pointing out the committee's request of footage from CMP was not specific enough. According to this expert, "source footage" is needed from the anti-choice group -- "the actual original recording saved on the recording device" - and only upon review of that will the committee be able to "verify with any confidence the authenticity of a video recording and determine whether it has been edited or altered."
Long after we've finally settled the question of who paid for these videos and set David Daleiden up in business, Neil Cavuto will still be insisting there were no edits.
Repeat a lie often enough and it becomes fact.