full expert analysis
conducted by Fusion GPS into the "sting" videos by anti-abortion extremists posing as medical company reps and released by a group calling itself the Center for Medical Progress leads one to believe that these would-be stingers are not all that bright. Certainly they're not technologically adept. But most certainly, they are extremely arrogant in their conviction that they don't actually have to do it right. Republicans will run with it, no matter what.
Fusion GPS created three teams experts in "video forensics, production, and transcription." These teams reviewed the initial five secretly recorded videos. Their experts include "Grant Fredericks who is a contract instructor of video sciences at the FBI National Academy and one of the most experienced video experts in North America." They contracted with an outside transcription company to watch and transcribe the videos, and did not tell the company who they were working with, so no possibility of bias could be introduced there. What they found was some astonishingly sloppy work.
It's easy for the analysts
to pinpoint all these discrepancies because the hidden cameras used had both time stamps and frame counters turned on. So they could clearly see where—in the long, supposedly raw and supposedly unedited—chunks were missing. There were instances where audio didn't match video, where camera angles and lighting changed in the middle of conversations, and time stamps revealed big jumps. These are not, the analysts conclude, the result of mistakes or using the equipment incorrectly. They are "intentional post-production edits" which "mean they have no evidentiary value in a legal context and cannot be relied upon for any official inquiries," and that they "lack credibility as journalistic products."
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