Some journalists talk about boldness and fearlessness in reporting and others actually live it out. We just spent eight years with the vast majority of the media having a love affair with the Obama administration to the point where real investigative reporting happened mostly at the margins. At this was not because Mr. Obama led an administration devoid of corruption.
No doubt it is very distressing to some Californians to have their state referred to as an example of left-wing, bizarre politics. After all, most of the craziness is located in the population centers with large swaths of less populated areas being very conservative.
None the less, we have a battle now brewing in California between a media outlet and the state’s attorney general. If this situation were reversed, we would have the left screaming how the state was trying to destroy the First Amendment rights of journalists. Here’s the story.
The abortion industry is front-and-center in this one, hence you should find this predictable. “California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is charging the people behind the Center for Medical Progress with a felony. You may know CMP from such classics as StemExpress CEO Cate Dyer Buys Intact Aborted Babies from Planned Parenthood and Abortion ‘Doctor’ Laughs While Describing Ripping Baby from the Womb. Undercover reporting is illegal in California, at least technically.”
While the attorney general may claim that he is just enforcing the law, he might also have another motivation. Life News reports: “Becerra, a Democrat, announced the charges Tuesday against Daleiden and Sandra Merritt of the Center for Medical Progress. Daleiden and CMP fired back with a new video exposing Planned Parenthood. California requires that both parties consent to be recorded. Becerra alleges that Daleiden and Merritt broke the law by filming their conversations with abortionists and others without their consent, according to the report. But reports from the center for responsive politics show Planned Parenthood has been a long time contributor to Becerra’s campaigns.”
What’s to be said here? For one thing, it would be interesting to see if the attorney general is as concerned about enforcing immigration laws as he is this particular one. It would also be interesting to explore to what degree he has prosecuted similar cases.
Clearly one of his campaign contributors was made to look very bad by CMP’s reporting and videos. And we’re talking about Planned Parenthood here which is a sacred institution to the left.
While the Merritts may well have broken this law, it does set up an interesting First Amendment case. It is also interesting to speculate whether the attorney general would be as aggressive in prosecuting Planned Parenthood had it produced hidden video interviews with pro-life groups.
Source: Louder with Crowder