Kudos: Los Angeles Times Objects to California Prosecution of Filmmakers Who Exposed Planned Parenthood

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Kudos: Los Angeles Times Objects to California Prosecution of Filmmakers Who Exposed Planned Parenthood


Adams, Becket, Examiner (Washington, D.C.), The


The Los Angeles Times deserves recognition for being one of the only newsrooms to object to the state of California bringing felony charges against the activists behind Planned Parenthood's fetal tissue scandal.

State Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who accepted multiple donations from Planned Parenthood during his more than 20 years in Congress, announced Tuesday that activists David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt would face a total of 15 felony charges.

For those keeping score, that's seven felony charges more than the state brought against the Manson family (seven counts of murder, one count of conspiracy).

Amazingly enough, the overall response to news that the state is bringing the full force of the law down on investigative methods that credentialed reporters from legacy media groups have relied on for decades inspired barely a sniff from the nation's reporters.

The L.A. Times, however, staked out a different position by publishing an editorial this week slamming the state's attorney general for his heavy-handed response.

"It's disturbingly aggressive for Becerra to apply this criminal statute to people who were trying to influence a contested issue of public policy, regardless of how sound or popular that policy may be," the paper's editorial board wrote.

"Planned Parenthood ... [has] another remedy for the harm that was done to them: They can sue Daleiden and Merritt for damages. The state doesn't need to threaten the pair with prison time," they added.

To be clear, the Times is no fan of Daleiden and his work. The paper has nothing nice to say about the pro-life activists or the hours of tapes showing Planned Parenthood employees in California discussing compensation for packaging and delivering salvaged fetal tissue. …

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