After interviewing the president of Planned Parenthood, Cecile Richard the night before, CNN's Eliot Spitzer felt somehow obliged to bring in the Family Research Council's Tony Perkins to respond to that segment, who of course continued his organization's attacks on Planned Parenthood despite Spitzer's best efforts to get him to admit that Planned Parenthood isn't doing anything any different than most hospitals or other health care providers across the United States that provide reproductive health services for women.
Why CNN felt the need to bring in someone from a group that the Southern Poverty Law Center has labeled a hate group for their anti-gay rhetoric is beyond me, but controversy for the sake of controversy seems to be what they do these days for ratings.
What I found extremely irritating about this segment is that after a long back and forth between Spitzer and Perkins on whether Planned Parenthood is really any different than any other medical provider that Perkins group is not singling out, which he never really answered for, Eliot Spitzer only half-assed called out Perkins his lie about Planned Parenthood and the sex traffickers.
Dave wrote about O'Reilly pushing that same lie on Fox here -- Right-wingers don't care if Planned Parenthood video was already exposed as a hoax -- they'll do it live!.
Word to Eliot Spitzer. If you're going to let known liars from hate groups come on your show to discuss Planned Parenthood, be prepared with a few facts ahead of time so you can give them some specifics about why they're full of it when they lie, instead of leaving your audience wondering what the truth is.
And Tony Perkins does not deserve one iota of "respect" or a 'respectful" conversation. The man is a hate monger and deserves to be treated as such. He trafficks in fearmongering and lies and the policies he's pushing for are harmful to the LGBT community and to women and he deserves every bit of scorn which can be given to him for that hatred and fearmongering, and who he's aligned himself with politically.
The man's "Christian values" align perfectly with those that manage to line his pockets for pushing the GOP's agenda of hatred and bigotry and to keep voters distracted from caring about their own economic interests and he should be treated as such. Heaven forbid we might ever see that happen on CNN or any other of our corporate networks he's willing to come on and be interviewed.