‘I Stand With Planned Parenthood’: Fact Checkers Expose Anti-Choice Smear Campaign

by Sarah Lazare – Lawmakers, fact checkers, and reproductive justice advocates sounded the alarm this week over a series of deceptive—and some say fraudulent—anti-choice videos aimed at slandering the not-for-profit organization that provides vital health services to millions of people a year. Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Jerry Nadler (D-Calif.), and Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.) sent a letter on Wednesday to Attorney General Loretta Lynch and California Attorney General Kamala Harris urging them to investigate “whether any laws were broken by individuals who participated in an elaborate, multi-year scheme to impersonate corporate officials from a fake biologics company, secretly filmed video of a Planned Parenthood physician in California, and make public portions of the video without her consent.” The shadowy anti-choice group Center for Medical Progress last week released a heavily-edited, nine-minute video that claims to “Hold Planned Parenthood accountable for their illegal sale of baby parts.” Its hidden camera...

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Associated Press Just Published a Hit Job on Tamir Rice

by Barbara Morrill – You are all familiar with this story. A young boy is playing in the park, a police car pulls up and in less than two seconds, 12-year old Tamir Rice is on the ground, bleeding from what would prove to be a fatal gunshot wound. For more than six months the investigation(s) into this videotaped killing has languished. Now, coincidentally, two days after a judge found probable cause that the police officer who shot Rice should face murder charges, and the Associated Press was presented with the opportunity to run a hit job on … Tamir Rice. And, boy, oh boy, did they run with it.It turns out that, again, after more than six months of silence and yet just two days after the judge’s opinion, documents in the killing of Tamir were released “in the interests of transparency.” Uh huh. Cue the Associated Press with its screaming...

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