In a wide-ranging interview with Salon, liberal culture critic Camille Paglia leveled both barrels at Planned Parenthood and the media, blasting them for their conduct surrounding the series of undercover videos released over the last month.
Paglia, who is pro-choice although she acknowledges that abortion is murder, said the Planned Parenthood scandal is a “huge and disturbing story.”
“I was horrified and disgusted by those videos and immediately felt there were serious breaches of medical ethics in the conduct of Planned Parenthood officials,” Paglia told Salon.
Paglia’s disgust didn’t stop there, though. She also excoriated liberal media outlets for refusing to cover the story or its implications. The media blackout is “shockingly unprofessional,” Paglia said:
Now let me give you a recent example of the persisting insularity of liberal thought in the media. When the first secret Planned Parenthood video was released in mid-July, anyone who looks only at liberal media was kept totally in the dark about it, even after the second video was released. But the videos were being run nonstop all over conservative talk shows on radio and television. It was a huge and disturbing story, but there was total silence in the liberal media. That kind of censorship was shockingly unprofessional. The liberal major media were trying to bury the story by ignoring it. Now I am a former member of Planned Parenthood and a strong supporter of unconstrained reproductive rights. But I was horrified and disgusted by those videos and immediately felt there were serious breaches of medical ethics in the conduct of Planned Parenthood officials. But here’s my point: it is everyone’s obligation, whatever your political views, to look at both liberal and conservative news sources every single day. You need a full range of viewpoints to understand what is going on in the world.
You can read her full interview here.