The New York Times is gushing with love for Carly Fiorina. Read the article if you think I’m exaggerating.
Commenter “mikeca” wrote the following:
If you are a low information voter I suppose you could get the impression that Carly Fiorina demonstrated command of the issues. Unfortunately, Fiorina most passionate moment when she was attacking planned parenthood was almost entirely factually incorrect.
Fiorina said: “As regards Planned Parenthood, anyone who has watched this videotape, I dare Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama to watch these tapes. Watch a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking while someone says we have to keep it alive to harvest its brain.”
There is a disgruntled former technician interviewed in one of the tapes. She talks about fetal hearts-beating and brain-harvesting, but there are no other witness or evidence to back up her claims. She admits at one point that the heartbeat was a response to an instruments and she definitely never says anything about keeping a fetus alive to harvest the brain.
In the video during this interview, CMP cut in couple of stock images that have nothing to do with Planned Parenthood. The one of a “fully formed fetus” that Florina was probably referring to is an image of a stillborn infant taken off the internet (without permission). This image is of a tragic stillbirth. It has nothing to do with abortion. It has nothing to do with Planned Parenthood. It has nothing to do with fetal tissue.
In other words Carly Fiorina was totally fooled by a deceptively edited video.
Of course in a Republican debate, nobody is going to call Carly Fiorina on her factually incorrect claims, because they all get their information from FOX News and other right wing news organizations that don’t bother to report these details. If Carly ever got to a debate with a Democrat, they would call her on her miss-information and demand she apologize to Planned Parenthood.
I thought about this comment, and I decided that Fiorina was not fooled by the video, she knew exactly what she was doing. I don’t think that Fiorina believes in half the crap she said during the debate, but she has a strategy to do whatever it takes to win the Republican nomination. She knew that no other candidate on stage would call her out and appear to be weak on abortion. She also correctly figured that the mainstream media will give her a pass on everything because she’s a woman and because they want anyone but Trump.
Let’s consider what else Fiorina said about Putin:
Having met Vladimir Putin, I wouldn’t talk to him at all. We’ve talked way too much to him. What I would do immediately, I would begin rebuilding the Sixth Fleet, I would begin rebuilding the missile defense program in Poland, I would also conduct military exercises in the Baltic states, I’d probably send a few thousand more troops to Germany. Vladimir Putin would get the message. By the way, the reason it is so critically important we that everyone of us know the General Soleimani’s name is because Russia is in Syria right now, because the head of the Quds Force traveled to Russia and talked to Vladimir Putin into aligning themselves with Iran and Syria to prop up Bashar al-Assad. Russia is a bad actor but Vladimir Putin is someone we should not talk to because the only way he will stop is to sense strength and resolve on the other side and we have all of that within our control. …
In contrast, Donald Trump, who said he would talk to Putin and get along with him, sounds like a sane moderate and an actual world leader in comparison.
Had any other had candidate said what Fiorina said, he’d be immediately branded by the MSM as a crazy extremist and a warmonger. But Fiorina can get away with it.