"Anyone who has watched this videotape, I dare
The videotape in question was put out by the
Fiorina's description of what takes place in the videos has come under withering attack.
And they have a point. The exact scene, exactly as Fiorina describes it, is not on the videos. But anybody who has watched the videos would find Fiorina's off-the-cuff account pretty accurate.
Most of the center's videos involve hidden-camera conversations with current Planned Parenthood managers, as well as interviews with veterans of the abortion industry, discussing the selling of fetal body parts for research purposes. The video Fiorina probably had in mind included eyewitness descriptions accompanied by borrowed footage of a fetus dying in a metal bowl, its leg kicking, to illustrate the witness' recollection of seeing precisely that in another case. That sort of juxtaposition might not fly on the nightly news, but it's the sort of dramatic device used in documentaries all the time. It's akin to a documentary maker interviewing a witness to Cecil the Lion getting shot, and using footage of another lion getting shot as an illustration. Fiorina's critics want to claim that because she didn't take into account these distinctions, she's just making stuff up.
To this end they've become Jesuitical nitpickers, muddying the water to conceal the fact that late-term abortions offend the conscience when discussed or displayed with anything like journalistic accuracy. That's probably why we get so little of it. Many of the media outlets that even bother to cover the videos have referred to the transferring of "fetal tissue," not "organs" -- the correct term for livers, hearts and brains. ("Tissue" is less suggestive of a human being than, say, "heart.")
We're also often informed that the videos weren't merely "edited" but "highly edited." Left out of such caveats is that the news reports passing along these descriptions come via highly edited newspapers, radio and TV programs.
The larger problem is that people are talking past each other. Fiorina's remarks -- and these videos -- are really aimed at the abortion industry and its Achilles' heel, late-term abortions. None of these videos would strike a chord if the only images were of blastocysts.
Most Americans are morally appalled by late-term abortions. Planned Parenthood and its allies know this, which is why they refer to "uterine contents," "clumps of cells," "tissue" and even "goop," when a more apt descriptor would be "fetus" or even "baby."
In other words, the people horrified by these videos aren't out of the mainstream -- they are the mainstream. The people trying to dismiss the videos are the extremists, and the media give them cover.
Indeed, when host
That is a far greater distortion of the truth than anything Fiorina said. I won't lose sleep waiting for the nitpickers to care.