When researching candidates for their position on issues you can often trip over some pretty interesting statements. One that I found yesterday got my attention very quickly, and I was simply astonished (sarcasm alert) I never heard about it in the Richmond media. Toni Radler, Democrat candidate for the House of Delegates running against incumbent Buddy Fowler in Hanover, had this statement from July 15 on her website and Facebook page:
"Like many of you, I was dismayed to see the video about Planned Parenthood, purporting to show a doctor's callous discussion about the price of organs from aborted fetuses. Depending on the veracity of the video, it could actually be a disclosure of unlawful activity. I am well aware that this video was produced by an anti-choice group that is known for selective editing. Nonetheless, after reviewing the video several times, I remain concerned that the Planned Parenthood Federation's explanation was totally inadequate. Therefore, yesterday with regret I resigned my position from the Board of the Virginia League of Planned Parenthood.
"I want to be very clear: I believe that the Virginia League of Planned Parenthood, as distinguished from the Planned Parenthood Federation, provides wonderful comprehensive services to women's health and I feel confident that VLPP has not been involved in any such actions as described in the video. I have been impressed with the dedication and sincerity of the members of the VLPP board and staff. Furthermore, I remain a strong supporter of the right to choose, recognizing that to return to the days of back alley abortions would be a travesty. Back alley abortions killed women.
"I call on the Planned Parenthood Federation to look into this themselves to determine exactly what occurred. At a minimum they owe all of us a better explanation and reassurance that dignity, sensitivity, and legality are preserved at all times by all members of their staff."
Amazed you never read about this in the Richmond Times Dispatch, aren’t you? As far as I can tell, the three local television networks and WRVA radio news missed it, too.
Now, earlier in the year Ms. Radler’s opponent posted something on Facebook that some found offensive, and the local media went into hysterics.
But when a candidate for the House of Delegates resigns from the board of a hugely controversial organization in the midst of a scandal and calls out that organization for its “inadequate” explanation of the scandal, it gets zero news coverage. Zilch. Nada. Silence.
Coincidentally, a friend of mine challenged a local reporter on their lack of coverage of the Planned Parenthood scandal, and that reporter’s response was that it didn’t have a “local angle.” Yet, apparently, even when there is a local angle, the mainstream media is silent.