Last month GotNews.com published the remaining Planned Parenthood videos, thanks to a source in Congress.
Boy, has it been expensive: $10,000 and counting in legal fees.
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Last month I received an email from a source named “Patriot Geist” who I believe to be a congressional staffer with a Google Drive containing five hours of grisly footage detailing abortionists bragging and joking about their inhuman practices.
The footage has been in the care of Congress after it was shot by the Center for Medical Progress, a pro-life whistleblower organization. It was leaked to GotNews in defiance of a controversial temporary restraining order filed by a controversial federal judge whose wife has a history of extreme pro-abortion activism.
The videos released have been written up in more than a dozen publications, including the Washington Post, Politico, Breitbart, and the Hill, among many others.
The videos have captured the attention of state investigators in Texas and Arizona who have contacted me to pursue criminal charges against Planned Parenthood for the trafficking of fetal tissue and organs.
Ten days ago I was served by the National Abortion Federation, represented by the San Francisco white shoe law firm, Morrison & Foerster a.k.a. “MoFo”. The controversial federal judge who is hearing this case is married to an extreme pro-abortion activist.
MoFo—yes, really—falsely accuses me of engaging in an elaborate conspiracy to circumvent a federal judge’s temporary restraining order. They demand that I do a deposition, testifying and potentially exposing all of my sources as early as this week.
My attorney moved to quash that deposition and they’ve replied. MoFo objected, but the judge has given my attorney a couple of weeks to review the material and make appropriate objections to the deposition in order to preserve my Constitutional rights as a journalist. As a journalist, I cannot testify because to do so would make it far less likely that sources would come forward in the future.
I have broken dozens of stories relying on the sacred bond between journalist and source.
Some of these stories have affected elections, led to criminal convictions, and trials precisely because my sources know that I will go to the ends of the earth to protect them.
I will never stop breaking the kinds of stories that change the world.
Even if you are not pro-life, this kind of court-mandated censorship of journalism should bother you as the precedent it sets.
The distinguished law professor, Eugene Volokh, has rightly noted that the case has parallels with the Pentagon papers. “The mere fact that Johnson’s actions frustrate the purpose of the restraining order, or accomplish the center’s political purposes, can’t get Johnson covered under an injunction that was issued in a case against the center, not against Johnson,” Volokh writes.
If you are pro-life, as I am, take comfort in that the leaked videos are now in the possession of state law enforcement. While many people talk about being pro-life, there are a few of us who will always fight the pro-life fight. As a journalist with a commitment to truth, I cannot remain neutral when it comes to the murder of the unborn and though I am not a pro-life warrior, I recognize that a country that bans babies before birth deserves what it gets.
You might even want support me if you disagree with me. The world needs journalists that push the boundaries of the First Amendment. We all become beneficiaries of free speech.
What is needed:
Help paying my legal bills in this fight. I am represented by Mark Meuser.
What you can expect:
We will be careful stewards of your resources and we will be extremely aggressive.
We are up against one of the most aggressive law firms in the country.
But I am betting that the good people of this country will join me in fighting back on behalf of those who cannot fight for themselves and for all of us who believe in a vigorous press.