I’ve been waiting patiently for the German media to react to the explosive undercover video of a Planned Parenthood (PP) director, Deborah Nucatola, rolled by the Center for Medical Progress.
Warning – not easy to watch for people who even have just an inkling of compassion or any sense of humanity:
Sadly all this evil is happening now, and within the borders of the global “beacon of liberty and democracy”, of which I am a citizen, the United States of America.
It’s now been three days since the shocking video has been released and the reaction from the German media has been almost totally muted – just as I expected. Why? Here the predominantly center-left German media need time to carefully craft and spin the shocking story in a way that will not cause too much public disgust. They’ll get to it, though – dryly and curtly, and then rapidly move on to other things.
One major media outlet has gotten around and done a report on the PP video: the center-left Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) here – penned by Claus Hulverscheidt. How did he spin it?
As expected Hulverschidt presents the video as something that is part of an orchestrated attack campaign on a reputable “health and family planning provider”, of course one led by right-wing “Republikaner” (a harsh derogative in Germany) such as Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina.
Hulverschidt bends over backwards to depict the PP franchise abortion organization as “not just some organization” but as a respective one “that has made a name for itself” in services like “family planning“, “cancer prevention” and “the search for health insurance for low income earners“. He writes of PP:
“Especially in large cities it enjoys great respect among women, is supported by celebrities such as actress Scarlett Johansson, and gets funding from the federal government in Washington.”
Hulversheidt claims that the damage done by the video is not so much because of what Deborah Nucatola says at the dinner table, but because of the matter-of-fact way she says it: one professional speaking to another in her field. Never mind Nucatola openly admits in the video that PP centers are harvesting baby parts, organs and tissue for profit (maybe not PP’s profit, but certainly that of its scrupulous buyers).
Hulverscheidt concludes his piece:
In any case she indeed does say that they are operating in an ethical-moral gray zone. But with the help of the tissue samples, there is the opportunity to achieve progress in the fight against incurable diseases like Alzheimer and Parkinson, which otherwise would not be possible.”
Sorry, but the generational cannibalization of the unborn to the tune of millions of lives is not the way to cure diseases. Only a hopelessly, morally bankrupt and twisted mind could think so. Also disturbing is that Hulverscheidt fails to even bring up a single point or argument on behalf of the defenseless unborn.
Also no surprise, given the leanings of the SZ: Hulverscheidt does not bother to provide a link to the video itself to his readers, probably in the hopes they will just believe his every spin and not bother watching and deciding for themselves.
He also fails to mention that even Planned Parenthood Director Gloria Feldt is disturbed by the video and denounced (through clenched teeth, no doubt) “what seems to be totally inappropriate.”
This circling of wagons around a pet issue and defining it as black vs. white is typical of the German media, especially also when it comes to climate change, for example.
The media providing cover for an organization as loathsome as PP tells me that there are still many dark undercurrents at work in modern Germany.
Shame on Germany’s media.
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