'Anatomy of a right-wing hoax:' The Planned Parenthood attack videos | Arkansas Blog

Friday, July 15, 2016

'Anatomy of a right-wing hoax:' The Planned Parenthood attack videos

Posted By on Fri, Jul 15, 2016 at 8:34 AM

Today's recommended reading: Amanda Marcotte writes in Salon about the developments  in the year after the release of fundamentally dishonest videos by an anti-abortion group trying to destroy Planned Parenthood with misleading accounts of body part sales.

The videos have been widely discredited. Investigations against Planned Parenthood have turned up nothing. Investigations of the filmmakers led to criminal charges against backers of the film by a Republican prosecutor. They also face lawsuits. Abortion remains a protected legal choice in America. Polls show more support for Planned Parenthood and abortion rights. 

It's an interesting, thorough account of the ins and outs of what Marcotte calls a hoax. It's true that the myth still holds in Republican-led states like Arkansas, where faith trumps facts with GOP elected officials and many voters. But, thanks to the federal courts, Republican efforts to parlay the dishonest films into unconstitutional limits on Planned Parenthood and abortion have failed, at a mounting cost to taxpayers and a signal victory for abortion rights at the U.S. Supreme Court. So there is that.

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