Every time I see Hank Johnson’s name in the news, I can’t help but think of that moment that propelled him into political stardom: when he said he was afraid that if there were too many troops stationed on Guam, that the island itself might capsize. He later claimed he was joking. Even if he were, it was too late. The damage had been done. No matter what he’s done or said since then that might be considered good, the only thing people will remember about him is his concern about Guam capsizing. As a result of his “joke,” every time he opens his mouth to speak, I expect him to insert his foot.
The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on Planned Parenthood, and the National Right to Life’s lawyer James Bopp testified. Johnson tried to belittle the hearing, calling it a “show trial,” because Bopp had nothing to do with the production of the videos themselves and because Bopp admitted that he hadn’t even seen the unedited video clips. Bopp was basing his testimony on the edited video clips. For that reason, Johnson thought the whole thing was a farce. As it turned out, Johnson hadn’t even seen the edited clips:
Everything is edited these days. If you want to watch an interview on the news with some politician, it’s more than likely edited. Otherwise, you’d end up with a ton of footage, a bunch of “uhs,” “ums,” and long pauses. (Of course, if it’s someone they don’t like, they’ll leave those sorts of things in to make the person look bad.) The video editor has to make the interview short and watchable. And yes, that means that a lot of the quotes you get are taken out of context.
With the Planned Parenthood videos, the Center for Medical Progress has the unedited footage available. They edited it to give us the gist of each video. You don’t have to see the full footage in order to find out what exactly was going on. The edited footage has plenty of context, and there’s no question that what they’re talking about is the sale of aborted babies’ fully intact bodies or parts.