Monday, September 21, 2015

Laura Berman and the Detroit News owe Carly Fiorina an apology and retraction

In a recent column for the Detroit News, columnist Laura Berman claims presidential candidate Carly Fiorina was being untruthful during the most recent presidential debate in describing a scene from one of the videos released by the Center for Medical Progress

In the debate, Fiorina challenged President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton to watch the videos and described a scene from one of them (specifically the 7th video at approximately the 6th minute mark) by saying, “Watch a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking while someone says we have to keep it alive to harvest its brain."

So how does Berman know what Fiorina said was untruthful?  Did she watch the videos herself?  No.  She believes a pro-abortion writer named Sarah Kliff who claims to have watched all the videos.  Sarah Kliff gained notoriety in the prolife community when as a writer for the Washington Post she didn’t cover the trial of abortionist and serial killer Kermit Gosnell because she believed it was a “local crime” story.   

Berman writes,
Planned Parenthood has denounced it as blatantly false, while’s Sara (sic) Kliff called it “pure fiction,” after watching all 12 hours of the Center for Medical Progress’ videos targeting Planned Parenthood. “But the things Fiorina describes — the legs kicking, the intact ‘fully formed fetus,’ the heart beating, the remarks about having to ‘harvest its brain’ — are pure fiction,” she wrote, posting all 12 hours on the website.

Although several GOP candidates expressed outrage at abortion and Planned Parenthood’s involvement in it, Carpentier said Fiorina is being singled out because she’s “attesting to things that are blatantly untrue.” Fiorina has yet to retract any of her statements, instead saying people can “rest assured” her description is accurate.                   
Instead of retracting her statements or telling people to "rest assured," a super PAC supporting Fiorina has created the below 1-minute ad which includes her statement from the debate and the video footage she references.  

So who are you going to believe?  A pro-abortion writer or your own eyes?

The Detroit News should immediately update Berman's column online to include the footage or at bare minimum a link to the footage which Fiorina references and let their readers decide for themselves who is spouting "pure fiction."