The New York Daily News reports on the latest claim:
Planned Parenthood on Thursday provided congressional leaders findings from a private research company that asserts the so-called secretly recorded footage was manipulated and can’t be used as evidence.
“A thorough review of these videos in consultation with qualified experts found that they do not present a complete or accurate record of the events they purport to depict,” the 10-page analysis said.
Planned Parenthood has denied the validity of the videos, saying they were “heavily edited” and falsely portrays the health care group’s work.
Statements were spliced together at least 42 times to appear like seamless conversations, the analysis found. Two of the videos were each missing 30-minute chunks of footage.
CMP’s “undisclosed edits and cuts distort the meaning of the encounters the videos purport to document,” the analysis said.
It was conducted by Fusion GPS, a Washington-based research and corporate intelligence company, and its co-founder Glenn Simpson, a former investigative reporter for The Wall Street Journal, according to The New York Times.
I looked into Fusion GPS, and the company’s public website is nothing more than this:
Information on co-founder Glenn Simpson is equally hard to come by. I searched the WSJ’s archives for his byline, but the search function doesn’t go back far enough — only four years. So what his biases might be I have no idea.
This takes us back to an item from earlier this month:
Last week, Massachusetts’ Attorney General Maura Healey became the latest in what’s sure to be a long list of state attorneys general to conclude the same thing. Specifically, Healy concluded,
“Over the past week, my office has conducted a thorough review and found that Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts’ health care centers are fully compliant with state and federal laws regarding the disposition of fetal tissue. Although donation of fetal tissue is permissible under state and federal law, PPLM does not have a tissue donation program. There is no evidence that PPLM is involved in any way in the buying or selling of tissue. As such, our review is complete.”
Sure, Massachusetts is a leftward-leaning state, but Indiana is very much not. Back on July 16, Gov. Mike Pence, R-Ind., launched an investigation of Planned Parenthood following the release of what was obviously a doctored and misleading video. The probe focused on facilities in Indianapolis, Bloomington and Merrillville, and this past week the Indiana Department of Health reported it was “unable to find any non-compliance with state regulations. Therefore, no deficiencies were cited.”
At this point, CMP really ought to turn over the source tapes to a third party agreed to by them and by Planned Parenthood.