To fight Planned Parenthood requires a long-term commitment.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but while I am posting about the loss of stature of Planned Parenthood, I also need to report that we have a long way to go.
Here’s Mollie Hemmingway in The Federalist: “Thanks To Media Blackout, Most Americans Are In The Dark About Planned Parenthood Videos.”
That seems incredible to me, but there are still a great many people who don’t watch Fox and don’t pay attention to the conservative media on the internet.
YouGov claims a recent poll shows that “After video releases, opinion of Planned Parenthood little changed.” Buried at the end of their press release, however, is the real story.
The vast majority of Americans — a whopping 70 percent — have heard little to nothing about videos showing the involvement of Planned Parenthood in the harvesting and trafficking of human fetal organs. The revelations from the videos have led to federal and state investigations, calls to end the $530 million a year in taxpayer funding, and questions from human rights activists about the propriety of the practice.
Yet the media have so struggled to cover the story, much less cover it well, that one third of the public has heard literally nothing about them while another 38 percent have heard only a little. Democrats are particularly uninformed on the videos, with more than three out of four reporting they have heard little to nothing about the videos.
Of those who had heard at least a little about the videos, only 45 percent had seen any video, or even a clip from the video. But since only 68 percent of the population had even heard of the video, that means that relatively few Americans — 30.6 percent — had been exposed to even a portion of the video by the media. Again, Democrats were the least informed about the videos, with fewer than one in four — 23 percent — having been exposed by the media to any of the full videos, the edited videos, or even clips from the videos.
Not only has the media covered the story very little, and covered up for Planned Parenthood in most cases when they covered it at all, they have distracted us with non-stories. Rage over the murdered lion was treated as far more important than crushing babies in utero in a careful manner to protect intact organs for sale.
The bottom line is that we can’t stop talking about this and we need to make an effort to reach out across ideological and party lines.