70% of Americans know little to nothing at all about Planned Parenthood videos

The liberal mainstream media may have lost their monopoly, but they retain an oligopolistic control over the mindshare of the American public. By choosing to minimize or completely ignore the five videos of released so far of shocking conduct by Planned Parenthood officials, the American public remains overwhelmingly in the dark about the haggling over price in the sale of body parts from fetuses, aka human beings.

Mollie Hemingway reports in The Federalist:

YouGov claims a recent poll shows that “After video releases, opinion of Planned Parenthood little changed.” Buried at the end of their press release, however, is the real story.

The vast majority of Americans — a whopping 70 percent — have heard little to nothing about videos showing the involvement of Planned Parenthood in the harvesting and trafficking of human fetal organs. The revelations from the videos have led to federal and state investigations, calls to end the $530 million a year in taxpayer funding, and questions from human rights activists about the propriety of the practice.

Yet the media have so struggled to cover the story, much less cover it well, that one third of the public has heard literally nothing about them while another 38 percent have heard only a little. Democrats are particularly uninformed on the videos, with more than three out of four reporting they have heard little to nothing about the videos.

Of those who had heard at least a little about the videos, only 45 percent had seen any video, or even a clip from the video. But since only 68 percent of the population had even heard of the video, that means that relatively few Americans — 30.6 percent — had been exposed to even a portion of the video by the media.

As discouraging as this data is, a few considerations may be worth noting before writing off the possibility of political change when the left so thoroughly dominates the media.

  1. It is summer, and people pay much less attention to the media, especially political media when the beach, campgrounds, and open road beckon.
  2. The videos so far, while startling, do not feature fully audible soundtracks. When you have to us subtitles, you lose a big part of the audience. The demand that people pay attention and focus always diminishes the impact on the low info crowd, who comprise the majority
  3. Congressional hearings are coming. These will provide more drama, and potentially some clear audio with remarkable answers to pointed questions.
  4. Denial can last only so long. It’s the first stage of grief, and the abortion enthusiasts have a lot of grief of late, as the momentum of public opinion continues against them.
  5. There are more videos to come.

So, while it is sobering to account for the power of the biased media to hush up stories, that power has its limits.

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