When the shocking video of a Planned Parenthood senior official bragging about organ harvesting from aborted babies went viral yesterday, The Washington Post originally ran the story with the headline containing the words ‘organ harvesting’. However, the headline was altered a short time later, to intimate the official was merely discussing “research”.
— American Elephant (@AmericnElephant) July 14, 2015
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) July 15, 2015
— Joseph Zucofski (@jwzgames2u) July 14, 2015
The story itself was also edited, with body parts like the heart and liver being changed to “tissue,” yet no note was made of any changes by the publication.
The timing of the Washington Post headline change coincided with Planned Parenthood releasing its own spin on the footage, claiming it was “heavily edited” and calling for journalistic “balance”.
— L. North (@LadyLNorth) July 15, 2015
The Post removed a sentence about the PP official “sipping red wine” while explaining how to preserve the organs of an aborted fetus while “crushing” it. The Post also added the sentence, “In the video, Nucatola appears to allude to methods for carefully extracting the organs.”
Also in the edited version, a whole new paragraph was added about fetal tissue research. “In the 1980s and 1990s, researchers considered fetal tissue transplants a budding treatment for Parkinson’s disease and diabetes. Some believed they held the potential to prevent autism.” the retouched version notes.
The video of Dr. Deborah Nucatola, Planned Parenthood’s senior director for medical services, clearly shows her bragging about how babies are aborted in a specific way so that their body parts and organs can later be sold for profit.
If this video proves true, at the very highest levels, Planned Parenthood is selling body parts… https://t.co/PrVgNVbP0D
— John Nolte (@NolteNC) July 14, 2015
“We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not gonna crush that part,” Nucatola said to actors posing as organ traffickers. “I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact.”
“I’d say a lot of people want liver,” Nucatola continued. “And for that reason, most providers will do this case under ultrasound guidance, so they’ll know where they’re putting their forceps.”
The sickening footage has prompted Texas governor Greg Abbott to promise a full investigation of the organisation. In a tweet, Abbott noted that he has already sued Planned Parenthood for Medicaid Fraud.
I already sued Planned Parenthood for Medicaid Fraud. Now Texas will look into these organ harvesting claims. http://t.co/V5YxR20bsk
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) July 14, 2015
The Washington Post wasn’t the only mainstream outlet to temper its coverage of the story. Newsweek was accused of conducting damage control when it began tweeting out a write ups of how “there’s more to [the video] than meets the eye”.
@Newsweek I read your article. I still didn't find "more than meets the eye."
— BJ Cobb (@BJCobb56) July 14, 2015
— Fer (@grillo_23) July 14, 2015
Newsweek claimed that “Tissue donation is different than the harvesting of human organs for sale”, and that “due to editing, the context is not entirely clear” in the video.
Several people pointed out that the unedited 3 hour video is even worse than the edited one, and provides all the context needed to understand exactly what Nucatola is referring to – organ harvesting.
@Newsweek I'm horrified that y'all are even attempting to make this seem less than what it is. The unedited video is even worse.
— theskinnyguy602 (@Thindudeprobs) July 14, 2015
— Jessica J Swindol (@jessicajswindol) July 14, 2015
Yet Newsweek also claimed that “At no point in the video does Nucatola say Planned Parenthood actually sells body parts, fetal or otherwise…Similarly, she does not admit to selling tissue, either personally or through the organization.”
@Newsweek hahahaha NO ONE is "claiming" — she str8 up SAID they sell body parts. wtf.
— Blondie (@BlondieTVJunkie) July 14, 2015
.@Newsweek She admits sales, admits affiliates do it is so PP can deny, admits to meeting to plan day's harvest, admits they'd lose in court
— American Elephant (@AmericnElephant) July 14, 2015
.@Newsweek I'm really disappointed in this reporting. The mention of body parts and pricing is in the video – Nucatola said it.
— MC Sweet T (@A_TaylorTweet) July 14, 2015
— Robyn Coggins (@Bzboyzmom) July 14, 2015
@Newsweek responsible journalism is dead in this country. If it was animal parts you would wet yourself trying to cover the story.
— J. Elizabeth (@LuvDanceDream) July 14, 2015
While Newsweek hashed out the spin, AP just went full on Orwellian with their coverage:
Anti-abortion group release video showing Planned Parenthood official discussing disposition of fetal remains: http://t.co/KiqNPkDvj1
— The Associated Press (@AP) July 15, 2015
— Heather (@hboulware) July 15, 2015
Nice spin AP but it was the head doc discussing felony sale of baby parts w procedure banned since 03 & conspiracy https://t.co/JGsWZv2jET
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) July 15, 2015
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) July 15, 2015
Funny how suddenly the sensationalist media feels the need to be markedly un-sensationalist. https://t.co/1HP2yTpMxQ
— neontaster (@neontaster) July 15, 2015
— Patrick Henrys Ghost (@Pissed_Pat) July 15, 2015
— Michi I. (@michi83) July 15, 2015
Then everything became clearer when it was discovered that the AP author is in bed with Planned Parenthood:
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) July 15, 2015
Meanwhile, no word from the White House, but Obama did tweet this:
"We recognize that every child deserves opportunity. Not just some. Not just our own." —President Obama
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) July 14, 2015
— Professor Ledbetter (@boatlandingbro) July 14, 2015
— Jim Argiro (@BigSmoothInBigD) July 14, 2015
Unless that child can be sold for parts. https://t.co/5mIlncjTds
— Aaron Gardner (@Aaron_RS) July 14, 2015
@BarackObama Including the unborn?
— Jordan Legg (@JordanLegg2) July 14, 2015
Steve Watson is a London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.