Fox News host Elisabeth Hasselbeck is shocked, SHOCKED that Nancy Pelosi dared to call the now infamous Planned Parenthood videos “doctored.”
In an interview with Congressman Jason Chaffetz, who has been put in charge of the Planned Parenthood witchhunt, Hasselbeck says that the word “doctored” was “spiking into my spine” when she heard it. She calls Pelosi’s comments “aggravating and irresponsible,” saying that Pelosi had not yet seen the videos.
Chaffetz responds that “Democrats want to bury their head in the sand on this topic.” He says that Democrats didn’t support him on issuing subpoenas, and they didn’t support him on obtaining the “raw materials,” by which he apparently means the unedited videos.
The right has been ripping Pelosi over this for the past few days, asking how she could know that the videos were doctored if she hadn’t watched them. This is the same right-wing that demands that opinions on things like climate change be left to the scientists. But on this issue, Hasselbeck thinks Pelosi’s remark is invalid because her information comes from experts, not her personal experience.
Fox News is trying to spin the claim about the videos being doctored by presenting a report from another analysis that calls the videos “authentic and show no evidence of manipulation or editing.” However, careful reading between the lines reveals that this report is talking about the full length videos. No one has ever questioned their authenticity. What Pelosi and others are talking about are the short versions of the videos, which are the ones that most Americans have seen.
For the record, here’s what some experts have to say about whether the videos were “doctored.”
The edited video, released July 14 by an anti-abortion group called the Center for Medical Progress, leaves the impression that [Planned Parenthood medical director Deborah] Nucatola is talking about Planned Parenthood affiliates making money from fetal tissue. But the edited video ignores other things Nucatola said that contradict that idea.
The company Fusion GPS was hired by Planned Parenthood to examine the videos. That company hired a group of experts to look at the recordings, and also had an independent transcription service provide a script of what was said in the videos. Here’s part of their conclusion:
A video forensics expert, a television producer, an independent transcription agency, and Fusion GPS staff reviewed this material. While these analysts found no evidence that CMP inserted dialogue not spoken by Planned Parenthood staff, their review did conclude that CMP edited content out of the alleged “full footage” videos, and heavily edited the short videos so as to misrepresent statements made by Planned Parenthood representatives.
Fusion GPS also said that the edited videos
have no evidentiary value in a legal context and cannot be relied upon for any official inquiries unless supplemented by CMP’s original material and forensic authentication that this material is supplied in unaltered form. The videos also lack credibility as journalistic products.
Nancy Pelosi was doing exactly what Republicans demand that people do — leave the conclusions to the experts. And those experts agree; the Planned Parenthood videos were “doctored.”
Here’s the video, via Fox News:
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