By Dave Andrusko
This will be very brief. My search engine automatically scour the web for certain stories, based on “tags.” One of the word combinations (”tags”) I’ve plugged in is [surprise, surprise] Planned Parenthood.
For the most part, what I get is PPFA propaganda. It’s one thing to see the same three paragraphs appear all over the Internet. It’s another to see the sense of those three paragraphs parroted by media types.
Today I ran across a blogger who had snagged a clip from MSNBC. Featured in the short clip was MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts and Chris Frates from POLITICO.
The gist is very, very simple. PPFA’s problem is marketing/branding. This, by the way, said of a $1 billion “non-profit” which is the beneficiary of tens of billions of dollars of free media spin. But, no matter.
What to do? Before he recycles the PPFA sound bits, Frates begins with this amazingly revealing comment: Speaking of PPFA he tells Roberts
“Because they are one of the most prevalent and well known abortion providers, people make the assumption that abortion services and Planned Parenthood is synonymous.”
Imagine that. How could anyone draw the conclusion that PPFA=abortion?
It’s not like PPFA performs 332,00+ abortions a year; or that nearly one in eight women walking through the door of a Planned Parenthood clinic receiving services has an abortion; or that 97.6% of the services Planned Parenthood reported in 2009 that would have involved pregnant women (prenatal care, adoption referrals, abortion) were abortion; or that the money from abortions represented 37% of the $404.9 million in clinic revenues PPFA took in for their fiscal year than ended June 30, 2009.
Whoops, sorry. That IS what takes place behind the doors of the “largest abortion provider” in the United States.
Maybe the only way to change the “brand” would be to lie or stop killing unborn babies.