Members of Congress Blast Television Networks for Censoring Planned Parenthood Videos

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Nov 4, 2015   |   1:33PM   |   Washington, DC

Some mainstream news outlets seem to plug their ears and cover their eyes any time an abortion scandal comes along.

A group of Congressmen say it’s time for that to stop.

Eight Congressmen recently signed a letter to the CBS, NBC and ABC broadcasting networks, demanding that they report on the undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood trafficking aborted babies’ body parts, Live Action News reports.

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The letter states:

In recent months, national attention has been drawn to a collection of undercover videos exposing a gruesome network of trafficking of infant body parts in America by abortion provider, Planned Parenthood. Astonishingly, your networks are effectively ignoring the entire affair, or worse, contributing to the defense of the indefensible. …

In failing to cover this story, you provide unequivocal evidence that your coverage is politically driven and that journalistic integrity has been abandoned. It is imperative that you cover this dramatic assault on women and children. The public relies upon your national reporting of stories that affect our nation. We as lawmakers depend on the free press for the truth — at least about vital stories like this. Please do not continue to deprive people of that. We urge your networks to shine your journalistic light where you have thus far shown neglect and darkness.

The Congressmen also called out the “big three” news agencies for biased reporting, stating:

Furthermore, in the one minute and 13 seconds where those news segments did show the videos, they showed a white-washed version of the videos — failing to include some of the most pertinent and horrific elements of these videos such as lab technicians callously picking through a pile of babies legs, arms and hands in a Petri dish.

The letter was sent to Steve Burke of NBC Universal, David Rhodes of CBS News, and Ben Sherwood of Disney-ABC Television Group. It was signed by Reps. Louie Gohmert, Jeff Duncan, Randy Weber, Andy Barr, Walter Jones, Jeff Miller, Trent Franks, and Tim Huelskamp, according to the report.

Katie Yoder, a staff writer for the Media Research Center, said the top three networks have not covered any of the last seven videos released by the Center for Medical Progress.

July 31 was the last date when CBS mentioned the release of a particular video, Yoder said. The last NBC report on a new video was July 30, while ABC’s last report was July 16 – just two days after the first video was released, Yoder said.

The 11th undercover video, released on Oct. 27, showed abortion doctor Amna Dermish from Planned Parenthood in Austin, Texas, describing what sounds like a partial-birth abortion procedure to terminate living, late-term unborn babies which she hopes will yield intact fetal heads for brain harvesting.

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This isn’t the first time the mainstream media has ignored a major abortion scandal. In 2013, the “big three” news outlets ignored the trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell in Philadelphia for months. According to the Media Research Center, it took 56 days for all three broadcast networks to report on the trial. Gosnell was convicted of murdering three newborn babies and contributing to the death of a female patient.