August 8, 2015

AP Shows Double Standard in Covering State Planned Parenthood Fetal Parts Followups

The Associated Press has demonstrated a double standard in covering developments in various states in the wake of the gruesome Planned Parenthood videos posted by the Center for Medical Progress. Bad news for Planned Parenthood gets only local coverage. Exculpatory news, even if artificially concocted, gets national exposure.

In Florida, a statewide review of the state’s 16 Planned Parenthood facilities ordered by Governor Rick Scott led to four citations, as reported at Townhall: “[T]hree were conducting procedures that were outside of their licenses (a.k.a late-term abortions) and the last one was improperly logging the disposal of infant remains.” The AP treated this news as a local story. Meanwhile, news that there have been no transfers of fetal tissue from the three abortion facilities in Kansas has been posted at both the wire service’s main national site and at its “Big Story” site.

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Positivity: When the Senate won’t defund Planned Parenthood, states will

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:00 pm

From Washington, and certain state capitals:

Aug 7, 2015 / 03:41 pm

Alabama on Thursday became the third U.S. state this week to withdraw funding from its local branches of Planned Parenthood, after the U.S. Senate failed to bring to the floor a bill that would have blocked federal funding of the abortion group.

The decision comes in the wake of a series of undercover videos showing officials from the organization describing the harvesting of body parts from aborted babies at their clinics.

Alabama governor Robert Bentley wrote to the head of Planned Parenthood Southeast Aug. 6 informing her that his state’s Medicaid agency is terminating is existing agreements with Planned Parenthood Southeast. The termination will take effect in 15 days.

Bentley tweeted that “As a doctor and Alabama’s Governor, the issue of human life, from conception to birth and beyond, is extremely important to me” and “I respect human life, and I do not want Alabama to be associated with an organization that does not.”

Casey Mattox, a senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, commended Bentley’s decision: “Not one more penny should go to Planned Parenthood, a billion-dollar abortion dealer caught on camera negotiating the sale of hearts, lungs, and livers from aborted babies. Governor Bentley should therefore be commended for ending the use of state taxpayer dollars for such barbarism.”

“Our tax dollars instead should fund local public health clinics, which outnumber Planned Parenthood locations more than 10 to 1 and are not tainted by constant scandals and misdeeds. America doesn’t need Planned Parenthood,” Mattox concluded.

On Aug. 5, New Hampshire’s Executive Council (the state’s executive body alongside its governor) voted 3-2 to deny the state’s contract with Planned Parenthood of Northern New England. The decision will remove $639,000 in state funding of the organization. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

Irony-Unaware Salon Writer Wails About ‘Black Lives’ and ‘Disposable Garbage,’ Ignores Planned Parenthood Videos

Filed under: Life-Based News,MSM Biz/Other Bias,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:08 pm

Arthur Chu is “the fourth highest-earning Jeopardy! champion in non-tournament gameplay, with a grand total of $298,200.”

That achievement, and a supposedly high-end education at Swarthmore College (2013-2014 tuition – $44,368), supposedly qualify him to be columnist at Salon.com. Apparently, you have to be a really smart guy like Chu to figure out that any American who says that “All lives matter” is a flaming hypocrite. After the jump, ignoring Chu’s tired criticisms of the U.S. atomic bombings in World War II — PJTV’s Bill Whittle has, excuse the expression, completely nuked those arguments for all time — watch how Chu proves that there is indeed an especially odious level of hypocrisy at work — and he’s the one exemplifying it (bolds are mine throughout this post):

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Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (080815)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.