The White House expressed its firm belief Thursday that recently-released videos attacking Planned Parenthood are “fraudulent.” Their source: Planned Parenthood.
Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, was speaking with reporters when they raised the matter of the videos released by the Center for Medical Progress which appear to show Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of fetal organs for profit, a violation of federal law. He claimed the videos were released in a “fraudulent way” with “not a lot of evidence” behind them.
“There is ample reason to think that this is merely the tried and true tactic that we’ve seen from extremists on the right to edit this video and selectively release this edited version of the video that grossly distorts the position of the person that’s actually speaking,” Earnest said. (RELATED: Planned Parenthood President: Our Critics Are Extremists)
But Earnest indicated that the reason he thought the videos were fraudulent was because, well, Planned Parenthood had told him as much. (RELATED: Hillary Calls Planned Parenthood Videos ‘Disturbing’)
“Planned Parenthood has indicated that’s exactly what occurred here,” he said. “And any review of the policy that PP says they implement indicates the views expressed in the videos, or at least the way they’re pictured on the videos, is entirely inaccurate.”
In other words, Earnest said, because the images on the videos don’t correspond to Planned Parenthood’s official policies, they must be untrue. Earnest even encouraged reporters looking for more information to simply contact Planned Parenthood.
Earnest admitted he did not know if President Obama had actually watched any of the videos.
“I do know he has been following this story in the news,” he said.
Even if Obama had not watched the videos, though, Earnest said he was sure the president would oppose any effort by Republicans to cut off federal funding for Planned Parenthood.
“The President certainly will not support another effort by Republican to try to defund an organization that offers important and needed healthcare services to women across the country.”
Watch the full C-SPAN video of Earnest’s press conference here. The exchange begins about 28 minutes in.
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