Questions the media needs to ask Democrats about the Planned Parenthood videotape
The media loves to browbeat Republican presidential candidates with "gotcha" questions – questions designed to trip up or embarrass a candidate by making him or her seem extreme, uncompassionate, or incompetent. The questions can be about almost anything, but the darlings are religion, sex, evolution, gay marriage, and abortion.
During a February trip to London, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker was asked if he believes in evolution. He responded, "I'm going to punt on that one."
In May, Senator Rand Paul was asked about exceptions to his pro-life stance in the abortion debate.
He turned the tables on reporters by answering, "You go back and you ask Debbie Wasserman Schultz if she’s OK with killing a seven-pound baby that is not born yet. Ask her when life begins, and you ask Debbie when it’s okay to protect life. When you get an answer from Debbie, get back to me."
But reporters are nothing if not persistent, and they'll take any controversy they can get their hands on and shove it in the face of a Republican candidate to get an unscripted – and hopefully damaging – response.
Seldom do reporters pose the same kinds of gotcha questions to Democrat candidates, preferring instead softballs that gently encourage candidates to explain their positions on their own terms.
Now an undercover videotape has emerged that shows a Planned Parenthood executive sipping wine while explaining how the organization harvests body parts of aborted fetuses and sell them.
“I’d say a lot of people want liver,” says Dr. Deborah Nucatola, senior director of medical services for Planner Parenthood. “And for that reason, most providers will do this case under ultrasound guidance, so they’ll know where they’re putting their forceps.”
In the videotape, Dr. Nucatola blithely talks about how to harvest the desired organs without doing damage to them – even if it means "crushing" other parts.
“We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know that, so I’m not gonna crush that part, I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I’m gonna see if I can get it all intact.”
If the media were doing its job – the same job it does every time a Republican makes even the tiniest gaffe – reporters would be rushing to the campaign sites of Democratic candidates with a barrage of questions based on this videotape.
• Do you approve of the harvesting and selling of body parts from aborted babies?
• Should organizations like Planned Parenthood be allowed to make money by selling fetal body parts?
• Do you believe that trafficking in fetal body parts should be legal?
• Should taxpayer money fund the harvesting of limbs and organs of aborted fetuses?
Don't hold your breath for questions like these. The mainstream media is keeping a pretty low profile on the video, even as abortion activists go into high gear to defend Planned Parenthood's macabre practices. The media will continue to sweep such gruesome stories under the rug while focusing all its attention on Scott Walker's lack of a diploma, Marco Rubio's $80,000 yacht, or Donald Trump's latest rant.