It was a moment of justice so delicious that we need a new German word for it – as schadenfreude isn’t impactful enough.
A Houston area grand jury was convened under the orders of Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick to investigate allegations that Planned Parenthood was running a black market for-profit fetal tissue trafficking ring.
After perusing the evidence the grand jury exonerated Planned Parenthood but then turned around and indicted David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt two of the people that helped create the hoax videos that took this lurid right-wing urban legend out of the world of email forwards and into the mainstream media.The entire episode however is a stunning illustration of how far the Republicans have gone when it comes to embracing even the most ridiculous and fringe right wing causes.As long as a group or cause is perceived a ‘liberal’ Republicans will go along with the most ridiculous attacks on it even if it makes them look like complete morons to anyone outside of the tribal politics of the right.
That Daleiden and Merritt are facing criminal charges is in itself no surprise.
The videos they made under the auspices of the Center for Medical Progress used heavy editing to make it seem like Planned Parenthood employees were saying things they clearly didn’t say.
Most notably they made it seem like they are profiting off fetal tissue when they explicitly say in the unedited footage that Planned Parenthood does not profit off fetal tissue.
That people who are willing to do something so deeply deceptive and unethical are also willing to cut legal corners is the least surprising thing in the world and this is just the latest in a series of legal problems they’ve gotten themselves into, including being sued for criminal misconduct by Planned Parenthood.
Their lies have also been implicated in the deaths of three people who were murdered by a self-proclaimed anti-choice warrior who cited the hoax videos as cause for shooting up a clinic.