Watch: White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest Admits To ‘Merely Repeating’ Planned Parenthood Talking Points

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest admitted that the administration’s response to the damning Planned Parenthood videos that have been released over the last few weeks has come from the organization’s public comments, not from any investigation on the part of the White House.

Earnest was asked by Breitbart’s Charlie Spiering where he was getting his information that the videos were fraudulent and distorted:

I’m merely repeating what I’ve seen that they’ve [Planned Parenthood] said, and has been reported publicly about what they’ve said.

Earnest also said he suspected that someone in the White House had watched the Planned Parenthood videos, and that they were “grossly distorted” and “selectively edited,” even though he hasn’t seen them himself.

In this case, the truth apparently doesn’t matter, and Planned Parenthood’s word is good enough for them.

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WATCH: MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Says Media Underestimated The Impact Of Hillary Clinton’s Email Scandal

MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell admitted on Monday that the media have underestimated the impact of the Hillary Clinton email scandal. She said that none of the intelligence officials she spoke with at a recent security conference could explain why Clinton would use a private email server unless it was to thwart inquiries.

Mitchell was responding to a question from Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski about Clinton’s email issues:

Brzezinski:  Is it possible, Andrea, that the media analysts and others have underestimated the impact of this e-mail situation on Hillary Clinton’s campaign?

Mitchell:  I think so. Look, you have two inspectors general, and they are referring this to the Justice Department… What they are suggesting is that there were classified—four out of the forty randomly selected [emails] had classified information, and it was not information that was later ungraded to be classified, it was information that was classified as “secret”…

This gets very confusing, and it can be confused further by statements on all sides. That said, the original sin, if you will, is having a private email system.

I was at a security conference speaking to intelligence officials on all sides and the attorney general, and we’ll talk about that later. But nobody can give an explanation for why a cabinet secretary would have a private email system other than to thwart inquiries, FOIAs [Freedom of Information Act requests], and someone who had spent 20 years fighting off many investigations, many of which were unwarranted and which led nowhere and so you understand the defensive crouch that a lot of Clinton people were in. But it still doesn’t explain why going from the Senate into a cabinet-level position that there was a private email system.

The New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan has called the paper’s reporting “messy,” but said that doesn’t mean the story should be ignored:

None of this should be used to deny the importance of The Times’s reporting on the subject of Mrs. Clinton’s email practices at the State Department, a story Mr. Schmidt broke in March. Although her partisans want the focus shifted to these errors, the fact remains that her secret email system hamstrung possible inquiries into her conduct while secretary of state both by the news media and the public under the Freedom of Information Act and by Congress. And her awarding to herself the first cull of those emails will make suspicion about what they contained a permanent part of the current campaign.

Yes Hillary, even the liberal media want answers.

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Bloomberg’s Halperin: ‘Hillary Clinton Has Learned A Ton From The Master (Politician) She’s Married To’

Bloomberg TV’s With All Due Respect co-host Mark Halperin may not have been too impressed with Hillary Clinton’s performance during her CNN interview last Tuesday, but he did notice that she sounds amazingly like her husband Bill when answering questions:

But in her interview with CNN yesterday it is pretty clear that Hillary Clinton has learned a ton from the master she’s married to.

Halperin then played a video montage that compared previous Bill Clinton quotes with those of Hillary’s CNN interview.

Even though it’s been more than 14 years since Bill Clinton has been in office, after watching the video I couldn’t help but get a feeling of déjà vu.

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CNN’s Keilar: ‘I Didn’t Hear A More Open Or Transparent Hillary Clinton’

Hillary Clinton’s much anticipated and much hyped first national television interview on Tuesday as a Democratic presidential candidate didn’t win over her interviewer, CNN’s Brianna Keilar.

“I didn’t hear a more open or transparent Hillary Clinton,” Keilar said.

What Keilar said she did hear was Clinton not engaging on the question of Democratic challenger Bernie Sanders, the possibility of another Bush-Clinton presidential contest, and her belief that American voters trust her despite polls that show exactly the opposite:

The big issue has to do with her trust. She insists that voters should and do trust her, but at the same time, we see in our recent poll, that nearly six in ten Americans say they don’t find her honest or trustworthy. That’s very significant, credibility so key to leadership. And while she really is blaming Republicans on this, this is actually a recent development that we have seen with a couple of controversies plaguing her.

In a recent CNN/ORC poll, 57 percent of Americans said they didn’t believe that Clinton was honest or trustworthy, which is a staggering figure for a presidential front-runner.

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Former CNN Anchor Lynne Russell Defends Gun Rights After Husband Kills Armed Motel Intruder

Former CNN anchor Lynne Russell’s support of the 2nd Amendment grew stronger after her husband shot and killed an ex-felon who was holding her at gunpoint during a robbery attempt in their motel room on June 30.

Russell told police that she had left her motel room to grab something from her car when felon Tonorio Walton accosted her and forced her back into her room. Walton became agitated when Russell and her husband, former CNN reporter Chuck de Caro, took too long to gather up the items he wanted to steal. A gunfight then ensued in which de Caro – who has a Special Forces background, shot and killed Walton, while being shot three times. He is expected to fully recover.

Russell reiterated her support for legal gun ownership to FOX411:

The discussion over the debate to own a gun is just ridiculous. As Americans we have the right to bear arms and as humans the right to protect ourselves. I’m sure that the man who shot my husband did not have a gun permit. Criminals will always have guns. The rest of us legally obtain our gun permits.

If you don’t want to carry, please don’t. Then, shut the f–k up about it. Make your own decisions.

She wishes the government (aka liberal politicians) would stop arguing about gun control and pass a law that states, “If you committed a violent crime you can’t get a gun permit. Simple law.”

That may be simple for Russell, but not for liberal politicians, aided by the liberal media, who continue to cite the number of deadly shootings committed by criminals as a reason for increased gun control. That same media, which has covered Russell’s ordeal, have largely ignored her pro-2nd Amendment statements.

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