It could be argued that GOP Rep. Jim Jordan's 19 interruptions of Planned Parenthood Pres. Cecile Richard's testimony, during yesterday's congressional hearing, were offensive. Yet Bill Hemmer, in advancing GOP anti-Planned Parenthood propaganda, asked Jordan to name the "most offensive thing" that Jordan learned during the hearing. Say whaaatttt????
Hemmer began this morning's interview with video of Cecile Richards comment, during her GOP inquistion, that accusations against Planned Parenthood are "offensive and untrue."(Ya think!) This was followed by video of Jordan's attempt to snare Richards in a "gotcha" question of why she apologized if the videos were not accurate. The video showed that Richards was rudely interrupted, by Jordan, when she attempted to answer. Video was shown of another GOP rep who insinuated that Richards was acting like criminals who apologize for their crime.
Without mentioning the 18 other interruptions, Hemmer explained that Jordan was only "pushing for an apology" and asked what "logic" Jordan "was attempting to drive." Jordan eloquently (not) said it was "simple, you apologize when you done something wrong." He continued to blither about his "simple question" about why Richards apologized if the videos were edited. Naturally, Hemmer didn't mention that Richards kept trying to explain the Planned Parenthood worker's comments were "inappropriate in a clinical setting." More Republican rehab with Hemmer's explanation that Jordan was only "trying to get an admission, right?" Jordan brayed about how Richards couldn't say she was sorry for statements made by employees while claiming entrapment and, as such, "couldn't have it both ways."
Hemmer played video of Richards' statement that the GOP wants to ban abortion and asked Jordan to counter her suggestion that he is against women's rights. Jordan, as if on script ;), segued into the right wing meme, pimped on another Hemmer segment, that all the GOP cares about is taxpayer dollars. (These are the same folks who are giving us the useless taxpayer funded Benghazi hearings?) Jordan whined about how Planned Parenthood contributes to Democrats. As in his segment with Jason Chaffetz, Hemmer didn't mention that the political arm of Planned Parenthood is not taxpayer funded.
Jordan urged that taxpayer money go to organizations that "who weren't caught on video doing the things that Planned Parenthood was caught doing." Of course, they weren't "caught" doing anything, but Hemmer didn't say anything about that. In keeping with the money meme, Hemmer said that the videos were secondary because "it is the money thing." (Uh, no Bill, it's about taking away women's access to health care!)
In what had to be one of the most stunning and surreal examples of Fox "News" alternate reality, pro-life Catholic bachelor Hemmer asked Jordan "ultimately, what was the most offensive thing your learned at that hearing." Jordan responded that it was the videos, with their "cavalier attitude towards human life." He claimed that this is why "the majority" of Americans don't want - wait for it - their tax dollars going to the organization. Hemmer didn't mention that the videos are highly edited and show no evidence of wrong doing.
What was offensive was Richard's abysmal treatment by "pro-life" Republicans - an offense made even more offensive by its defense on the "fair & balanced" Fox "News."