GOP Candidates Cash In On Latest Right-Wing Lie About Planned Parenthood


Some people will believe anything so long as it dovetails into what they want to believe. A perfect example of this malicious gullibility is the recent video that claims to show a Planned Parenthood official illegally selling fetal tissue.

The video is an elaborate lie, like most things that prop up Political Christianity. Other Christians have condemned the video as nonsense, but that hasn’t stopped several Republican candidates from stepping up to cash in on the controversy.

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Right-wing pornography

On July 14 — a day after this piece appeared on Christianity Today, warning Christians against being gullible — a video began making rounds in the right-wing noise-o-sphere. Released by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), the video is deceptively edited, and claims to show a Planned Parenthood official discussing prices for the illegal sale of fetal tissue from an abortion.

The right-wing media jumped on the manufactured outrage train, with Fox News of course leading the charge. While Bill O’Reilly called for an FBI investigation into Planned Parenthood, Megyn Kelly accused the organization of “celebrating its practice of harvesting the organs of aborted fetuses for money.”

Of course, not all of Fox’s guests were interested in playing along: one guest on Kelly’s program referred to the video as “right-wing pornography” during the July 15 edition of her show:

Still, the storm around the video continues. And now the GOP candidates are joining in the manufactured outrage, despite various media outlets having attacked the CMP’s “shady video” and concluding that it “shows nothing illegal.”

A congressional investigation

Earlier today, House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, along with the National Republican Congressional Committee, called for a congressional investigation into Planned Parenthood as a result of the faked video, and the House Energy and Commerce Committee agreed to oversee what’s almost certainly going to be a kangaroo court.

Ted Cruz also advocated for a federal and state criminal investigation while joining Megyn Kelly on the July 15 edition of Kelly’s program, while Jeb Bush called the fake video “shocking and horrific” on Twitter.

Among the candidates who are using the video to raise money are Mike Huckabee and Rand Paul, both of whom are urging donors to “chip in a contribution.”

That the story has been thoroughly debunked by Snopes is a moot point to most conservatives, who, by this point in time, are only interested in hearing what they want to hear.


Feature image via Media Matters

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