Carly Fiorina, apparently emboldend by largely
getting a pass from the traditional media
for the massive lies she told about Planned Parenthood in last week's Republican debate and the massive lies about what she said she saw in the Center for Medical Progress's debunked videos, has decided she can get away with a little bit of video concocting of her own. According to a press release from Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), Fiorina's campaign created this
fake video "in an attempt to support her lies."
Here are the five different pieces they mashed up together for their one-minute video, produced after she was widely called out for lying:
- A photo of a Pennsylvania woman’s stillborn son, which was used without her permission and falsely passed off as an aborted fetus in an earlier video by the discredited Center for Medical Progress (which is behind the fraudulent video campaign).
- Video from the discredited Grantham Collection, an old anti-abortion archive based in Florida. The video is likely not even a fetus. The Grantham Collection has been called out in the past for posting photos alongside totally false claims about what they are (such as a photo of commonly used sponge tongs found in most hospitals, which the archive claimed were a tool used to tear babies' limbs apart).
- The audio from a video the Center for Medical Progress secretly recorded of a doctor in Colorado.
- Video from a Center for Medical Progress interview with a woman who claims she used to work at an independent tissue research organization in California.
- Audio from a phone conversation the Center for Medical Progress secretly recorded with a man who works at another independent health care organization in California.
Even with all of the editing and splicing Fiorina's team has done with the footage used in this video, "it doesn’t show what you have claimed," Dawn Laguens, Executive Vice President of PPFA writes Fiorina. "Simply put, the video you described at the debate does not exist, and the video you're now asking people to watch is not what you claim it is." Laguens asks Fiorina in the letter to take down the video.
That's unlikely to happen. Fiorina is getting a lot of mileage within the Republican base for this attack, and they don't give a damn if it's true or not.
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