In late August, Planned Parenthood officials released a report they paid a shady Democratic opposition research firm to produce. The report focused on the scandalous videos showing high-level Planned Parenthood officials engaged in the fetal organ harvesting trade. Unlike the videos themselves, the report was quickly and credulously covered by the Washington Post, NPR, Politico and the New York Times, and claimed that the videos were missing key footage. Here’s how NPR put it:
Fusion GPS found that at least two of the filmed interviews with Planned Parenthood officials are missing at least 30 minutes of content. It speculates that the cuts could include moments in which CMP activists, who were posing as representatives of a fictitious tissue procurement company, said things to lead the officials into damning statements.
This claim helped the media provide cover for Planned Parenthood, which has constantly referred to the videos as “edited.”
This month, Alliance Defending Freedom commissioned its own forensic audit to look into the videos. Instead of using a small partisan research firm, however, they used Coalfire, a third-party digital security and forensics firm with experience providing evidence for civil and criminal investigations. Unlike the Planned Parenthood-commissioned audit, Coalfire had access to every second of released audio and video investigative footage. The Fusion report only had access to four full-length videos released on YouTube through August 4, and none of the source material.
Both reports assert that there is no dubbing or alteration to the audio and no evidence of misrepresentative editing.
Here are the 5 shocking ways that the Center of Medical Progress edited the videos they presented to the public, according to Coalfire’s analysis.
You may want to sit down.
According to the forensic audit, there were five things that the Center for Medical Progress removed from its videos. The first is commuting:
“Commuting” footage consists of Investigator 1 and 2 driving in car to locations, or walking outside to locations outside or inside a building.
2) Camera adjustments
Coalfire doesn’t provide an image of this blockbuster claim, but they write that:
“Adjusting recording equipment” footage consists of times when Investigator 1 and 2 are manually setting camera or audio recording device equipment, adjusting the equipment, or changing the batteries.
3) Bathroom breaks
“Restroom break” footage consists of Investigator 1 or 2 going to the restroom primarily to relieve themselves
Here’s a snapshot of the female investigator’s time in the bathroom.
“Meal” footage consists of Investigator 1 and 2 eating.
“Waiting” footage consists of Investigator 1 and 2 waiting to engage with primary Planned Parenthood subject, or other personnel, usually in a lobby, office, or a restaurant table.
Sometimes, as this screen cap shows, the waiting involved food.