Breitbart on the Planned Parenthood Sting

Breitbart on the Planned Parenthood Sting

Breitbart on the Planned Parenthood Sting

Weigel
Reporting on Politics and Policy.
Feb. 7 2011 5:50 PM

Breitbart on the Planned Parenthood Sting

I spent today writing about the relatively muted political/media reaction to video stings of Planned Parenthood. And I posed a question to Andrew Breitbart, whose sites hosted both the 2009 ACORN tapes and the 2011 Live Action tapes of PP, very much in the O'Keefe tradition. His whole response was interesting, and because I could only quote part of it in the article, here it is.

It took six full days -- Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and, finally, Tuesday -- before CBS News broke the embargo on what was an astounding new media ACORN rollout that had immediate political impact. By Tuesday night we had released 4 videos (Baltimore, Washington DC, Brooklyn and Riverside). On Friday night ACORN had been delinked from the Census by the Treasury Department. On Saturday the 9/12 events around the country, specifically in DC, were filled with 1000s of placards pointing to the ACRON scandal, and the lack of media coverage was not just anticipated by us, we expected it and crafted strategy to force Katie Couric, Biller Keller et. al to reckon with the expose. Eventually the mainstream media touched on the scandal, but avoided showing the videos in any great detail. The MSM wanted the story to go away. And they basically failed, but not for a lack of trying.

Now Lila Rose and Live Action are contending with the same forces in the media that don't want beyond reproach left-leaning institutions to be exposed as corrupt and morally bankrupt. Team Podesta, including Media Matters and Planned Parenthood itself, are coordinating and applying the same tactics they used in the ACORN scandal to grant the mainstream media excuses not to report on a video expose that would be front page news if it were against a politically incorrect group associated with the right. Can you imagine how media would react if pimp and prostitute undercover video implicated a mega-church, GOP congressmen or the NRA? Need it be argued that it would be everywhere?

We live in two media Americas. Those not in the emerging and developing right media camp are inventing new ways to circumvent the liberal media's stranglehold on the national political narrative. Don't count Lila and LiveAction out yet. They've got more videos and in more relevant media markets. Good luck, Eric Boehlert and John Podesta, trying to suppress the truth in the name of covering up for unspeakably grotesque and immoral behavior.

David Weigel is a reporter for the Washington Post.