Media Blacks Out Abortion Industry Admissions Of Baby Body Part Trafficking And Kamala Harris’ Abuse Of Power
Media Blacks Out Abortion Industry Admissions Of Baby Body Part Trafficking And Kamala Harris’ Abuse Of Power By Madeline Osburn for The Federalist
Why would journalists supposedly concerned about the First Amendment ignore the case of David Daleiden, prosecuted by former California attorney general Kamala Harris?
As the second week of preliminary criminal hearings against undercover journalists David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt continue to reveal gruesome admissions of baby body part trafficking in a San Francisco court, mainstream media outlets remain uncharacteristically silent about an important First Amendment case.
Daleiden and Merritt, citizen journalists with the Center for Medical Progress, are charged with 15 felony counts of illegal taping of confidential information, in which they exposed the illegal activity of Planned Parenthood and the human tissue procurement company, StemExpress. Four days into the hearings, significant and graphic details about StemExpress’ business steadily emerge, such as their supplying of beating fetal hearts and intact fetal heads to medical researchers. Yet a quick search for Daleiden’s name across national and local news sites (The New York Times, CNN, The San Francisco Chronicle, The L.A. Times) turns up zero stories on the hearings.
Why would reporters find no interest in a case’s outcome that could result in serious implications on their own First Amendment rights as journalists? And a case with click-grabbing, alarmingly graphic details to boot? The answer it is two-fold.
First, is the inconvenient fact that this case exists, not because there is a consensus that Daleiden’s videos were actually illegal, but because former California attorney general Kamala Harris sought to prosecute Daleiden at the behest of her political donors at Planned Parenthood. Even though Daledien’s unreleased footage should have been protected by the California Shield Law, Harris ordered a search warrant against Daleiden in 2016 and a raid of his apartment, seizing his computer, camera equipment, and footage.
Email records show correspondence between Harris’ office and Planned Parenthood officials, orchestrating public responses, filing police reports, and even drafting legislation targeting Daleiden. Harris has received tens of thousands of dollars in political contributions from Planned Parenthood-affiliated entities, so the nature of her behavior is no mystery.
The illegitimacy of this orchestrated cover for Planned Parenthood bore out in the courtroom over the last four days. On Day 1, the attorney general office’s primary witness, Melissa Fowler, vice president of external affairs for the National Abortion Federation, admitted to meeting with the AG’s office in April to discuss questions the prosecutors would ask in the preliminary hearing. On Friday, it came as Deputy Attorney General Johnette Jauron introduced what she claimed was evidence of threats and harassment that some of the subjects of the videos, including employees of Planned Parenthood and StemExpress, supposedly received.