If you're going to lie through your teeth and pass it off as news, the least you could do is not cite an article that directly contradicts your lies with things like "facts."
There was a large anti-choice protest today in Houston, in front of a soon-to-be new Planned Parenthood facility. OK, fine. Certainly won't be the last time a PP facility sees a protest. This facility, however, is being called an "abortion supercenter" by anti-choicers, presumably because the building is a big one. It is in fact the biggest building PP will have -- because it will be serving as the regional headquarters for PP, and have a clinic, a call center, surgical suites and more. PP issued a statement today about the new building (PDF here), and it says
As far as I can tell, anti-choicers took "really big building," added in "Planned Parenthood," and concluded it obviously must be an "abortion supercenter." It's a tired, old argument regarding PP, and not at all surprising. (Do these people even realize how many women get their birth control from PP? You know, the very birth control that could prevent abortions? Or how many women get pre-natal care at PP? You know, for the babies they're going to give birth to? Sigh.)
But this guy at Dallas Blog writes about this story like this:
Headline: "Pro-Lifers Protest at Houston 'Abortion SuperCenter'"
Lede: "Wal-Mart is opening 'SuperCenters' all across the country, offering the lowest prices for everyday goods. Now, Planned Parenthood wants to open a chain of 'Abortion SuperCenters,' to reduce the population of African-American and Hispanic-born babies."
See what he did there? Lies = facts. Absurd, to say the least, and so freaking irresponsible that he shouldn't be allowed to have an Internet connection of any kind. OF COURSE Planned Parenthood does not want to open a chain of "abortion supercenters" (and technically, they already have a chain of abortion centers), and OF COURSE Planned Parenthood is not trying to reduce the population of non-white babies being born. Lies, lies, lies.
But then this guy goes on to quote, at length, a Houston Chronicle story about the protest, and at the end of his story there is a link to the Chronicle story that says "Read the entire article from the Houston Chronicle."
Well, I did. And guess what it says? "The protesters [did stuff] to convey their opposition to what they called an 'abortion super center' that Planned Parenthood will open ... [snip] Organizer Lou Engle used the Martin Luther King holiday to accuse Planned Parenthood of locating the new facility in a predominantly Hispanic and black area to target minorities for abortion services." (Emphasis mine.)
Not even close to what Dallas Blog Guy's story says. What's more, if you continue reading the Chronicle story, you learn that:
“This is because minorities often have more unintended pregnancies. Perhaps because they do not have the same access to birth control,” Tafolla said.
The Chronicle story also debunks the whole "abortion supercenter" claim:
If you want to read more about the protest, you can go here, here or here. But I would recommend something much more important: "Planned Parenthood assesses abortion coverage," on Lake Villa Review, about what is going to happen to abortion access if health care legislation is passed with abortion restrictions (and we all know how likely that scenario is).
By the way, such crap from Dallas Blog Guy would never ever make it into an actual news publication. "New media" has a long way to go before I'm putting both feet in. In the meantime, support real news organizations, both print and Web-based. And support PP too.