Ari Fleischer — who once criticized Planned Parenthood as a “partisan, ideological organization that receives undeserved positive coverage in the press”– secretly helped Komen for the Cure figure out what to do with its pesky Planned Parenthood problem.
From Think Progress:
Ari Fleischer, former press secretary for George W. Bush and prominent right-wing pundit, secretly helped guide Komen Foundation’s disastrous strategy regarding Planned Parenthood. Fleischer personally interviewed candidates for the position of “Senior Vice President for Communications and External Relations” at Komen last December. According to a source with first-hand knowledge, Fleischer drilled prospective candidates during their interviews on how they would handle the controversy about Komen’s relationship with Planned Parenthood.
Fleischer’s relationship with Komen and the Planned Parenthood controversy was previously undisclosed.
According to a source, during at least one interview, Planned Parenthood was a major topic of conversation. Fleischer indicated that he had discussed the Planned Parenthood issue with Komen’s CEO, Nancy Brinker, and that she was at her wits end about how to proceed. Fleischer described himself as a longtime friend of Brinker.
Did anyone actually believe Nancy Brinker when she said that Komen’s decision to defund Planned Parenthood was not political? I didn’t think so.
Republicans are doing everything in their power to strip women of their reproductive rights, even at the expense of women’s breast-health. The 3 million dollars raised to cover the Planned Parenthood funding gap, however, demonstrates to the GOP that men and women who believe in reproductive freedom have political power and are willing to wield it. And now that Komen has walked back its position, more women will benefit from Planned Parenthood’s breast-health services thanks to the generosity of Planned Parenthood supporters.
Not bad for a few days of netroots/social media organizing, eh?
We’ve shown the wingnuts what we can and will do to keep them from implementing Operation Tiny Vagina Governments and stripping women of their reproductive freedom.
They’ve been warned.
(h/t John Cole)