FIORINAEarlier this week, the Center for Medical Progress released its seventh video in a month and a half attacking Planned Parenthood over the (perfectly legal) use of fetal tissue for medical research. The video is just as heavily edited as the preceding six, but in a new move, the clips also uses photos from unrelated sources.

The video features Holly O’Donnell, a former technician at biological company StemExpress, which until earlier this week helped Planned Parenthood distribute fetal tissue to medical research groups. O’Donnell talks about the process of collecting the tissue, as the video cuts to photos of fetuses.

But the photos used in the video are actually not of fetuses aborted at Planned Parenthood clinics, Think Progress reports, and in one case, the photo is not an aborted fetus at all, but a picture of a stillborn infant, used without the mother’s consent. Lexi Oliver Fretz originally posted the photo on her blog, in a post talking about mourning her stillborn son.

In a post on Facebook, Fretz writes:

The Center for Medical Progress’ campaign to get Planned Parenthood defunded has instigated renewed calls from Republican law makers to investigate the health care provider. But a group of Democrats, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and New York Congressman Jerry Nadler, denounced the Center for Medical Progress, with Nadler called the videos “nothing more than a witch hunt” against Planned Parenthood.

Some Congressional Democrats are also calling on the Justice Department to investigate whether the group broke state or federal laws in their undercover recordings, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Earlier this month, a California judge issued a restraining order against the group, preventing it from releasing undercover videos of a National Abortion Federation meeting, citing safety concerns for some of the top abortion experts who attended the event.

Five states–Louisiana, Alabama, Utah, New Hampshire, and Arkansas–have so far moved to try and directly revoke state funding for Planned Parenthood on the back of the videos, though, the New York Times reports, the organization has successfully fought moves like this in court in the past.



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CARLY FIORINA IS AN INSIDER: Advised Sen. John McCain on economics and acted as a surrogate


She advised Sen. John McCain on economics and acted as a surrogate during his 2008 White House run. She is a liar and hypocrite.

John McCain’s economic adviser Carly Fiorina hidden away after gaffes 
An economic adviser to John McCain has disappeared from public view after saying that neither he nor his running mate Sarah Palin were capable of running a major corporation.
Carly Fiorina, who rose from a secretarial position to become chief executive of the technology giant Hewlett-Packard, made the gaffes in two separate interviews. 
First she was asked by a radio host – who had just praised her own business record – that since Mr McCain “thinks Mrs Palin has the experience to be president … do you think she has the experience to run a major company like Hewlett-Packard?” 
Miss Fiorina replied: “No, I don’t. That’s not what she is running for.” 
Asked later in a television interview about her remark, Ms Fiorina said: “Well, I don’t think John McCain could run a major corporation.”
Miss Fiorina has since had planned television appearances cancelled. The incident comes as a blow to Mr McCain, who has seen a brief lead in opinion polls over Barack Obama fade away, the match-up returning to a tie.He has faced criticism for his lack of credentials on economic policy at a time when America is suffering from a global financial crisis.Mr McCain found himself wrong-footed by the US government’s £47bn bailout of the insurance giant AIG, and was forced to declare support for the action after opposing it only hours earlier.Mr Obama’s campaign pounced on Miss Fiorina’s comments as apparent evidence of his unsuitability to guide the US through difficult economic times.
In a statement it said: “If John McCain’s top economic adviser doesn’t think he can run a corporation, how on earth can he run the largest economy in the world in the midst of a financial crisis?”


Carly Fiorina, THE TAKER: Received a $20 million in severance when fired from HP


She received a $20 million in severance when fired from HP

Fiorina’s time at HP was marred by controversy with several business publications later naming her one of the worst-ever CEOs. The company board ousted her in 2005. By that point, the company had lost half its value, approved a controversial merger with Compaq and cut 30,000 jobs. Still, Fiorina received the complimentary golden parachute. The GOP candidate defends her time at HP by saying she was in charge during the worst ever tech recession.




Donald Trump and Carly Fiorina sock it to each other over who has a better business record

GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump got into an argument with fellow business leader Carly Fiorina, a former CEO of Hewlett Packard, on the Republican presidential nomination debate stage on Wednesday night.

CNN moderator Jake Tapper cited news reports saying that Fiorina “ran HP into the ground,” is responsible for tens of thousands of layoffs during her tenure, and was eventually fired.

Fiorina responded by saying she led HP during “a very difficult time,” during which the NASDAQ stock index dropped by 80%. Despite that, Fiorina said, she doubled the size of the company, quadrupled the cash flow, and tripled HP’s “rate of innovation.”

“Yes, we had to make tough choices,” Fiorina said. “In doing so, we saved 80,000 jobs, went on to grow to 160,000 jobs — Hewlett Packard is almost at 300,000 jobs. We went from lagging behind to leading.”

Fiorina went on to say that her firing from the Hewlett Packard board was a testament to her leadership, saying that being a leader means making enemies.

“Steve Jobs knew that when he called me the day I was fired to say, ‘Hey, I’ve been there, done that, twice,'” Fiorina said.

Trump responded by citing Jeffrey Sonnenfeld, who he incorrectly referred to as “the head of Yale Business School.” (He is a professor at the Yale School of Management, but is not the head of it.) Sonnefield has blasted Fiorina’s record repeatedly.

“One of the worst tenures for a CEO that he has ever seen. Ranked one of the top 20 [worst CEOs] in the history of business,” Trump said. Ranked as a disaster, and continues to be a disaster. They still haven’t recovered. In fact, today, on the front page of the Wall Street Journal, they fired another 20 or 30,000 people saying ‘we still haven’t recovered.”

Trump said that HP’s increase in revenue during Fiorina’s tenure was because HP bought Compaq, which was “a terrible deal.”

“I only say this: She can’t run any of my own companies,” Trump said. “That I can tell you.”

Fiorina said Sonnenfeld is “a well-known Clintonite” (referring to a supporter of Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton) who’s criticized her since she started at HP. She then switched tack to criticize Trump’s own business record. In particular, when he filed bankruptcies for his casinos in Atlantic City.

“Donald Trump filed for bankruptcy not once, not twice, but a record four times,” Fiorina said. “Four times! A record four times. Why should we trust you to man the finances of this nation?”

In response, Trump said he’s made over $10 billion, and blamed the bankruptcy of his casinos — as well as the others in Atlantic City — on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), who was also on the debate stage.

Carly Fiorina SCANDAL: Illegally sold millions in HP products to Iran


Will Hewlett-Packard’s past ties to Iran haunt Carly Fiorina?
When it comes to Iran, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina has cast herself as a tough-on-Tehran hawk. But as the Republican presidential candidate gains momentum, questions over the technology company’s past dealings with the Middle Eastern country – when Fiorina was at the helm – could come back to haunt her.
Despite a trade ban with Iran, HP reportedly used a Dubai-based subsidiary beginning in 1997 to sell hundreds of millions of dollars of products to the country. In fact, by 2007, HP printers made up 41% of the total market share in Iran. The story was first reported by the Boston Globe in 2008 and became a thorn in Fiorina’s side when she challenged Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer of California in 2010.
Boxer brought up the issue to msnbc on Wednesday night just before the debate. “What’s incredible is when she was the CEO of Hewlett-Packard, they were actually selling printers to Iran and there was an executive order that said no. And the [Securities and Exchange Commission] caught them. So she’s got so many problems. I say if the Republicans choose her, we’ll walk into the presidency.”
Team Fiorina did not return requests for comment. But during the 2010 Senate race, her spokesperson said that “to her knowledge, during her tenure HP never did business in Iran and fully complied with all U.S. sanctions and laws.”
Still, HP’s previous actions stand in stark contrast to Fiorina’s current hardline rhetoric against Iran on the campaign trail. During Wednesday night’s Republican presidential debate, for example, Fiorina declared that on her first day in office she’ll call the country’s religious leader, Ali Khamenei, to tell him the country must open its nuclear facilities to U.S. inspectors or else America “will make it as difficult as possible for Iran to move money around, so that every ally and adversary knows the U.S is back in the leadership business.”
In July, she told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, “And while [Khamenei] may not take the phone call, he will get the message. And the message is I don’t care what the deal is. New deal.”
In general, Fiorina has had to defend her controversial record as CEO of HP from 1999 to 2005, with the company cutting tens of thousands of jobs during her tenure and the Republican eventually getting fired in 2005.
Fiorina—who sparred with Trump over who had the worst business record—acknowledged during the debate, “Yes, we had to make tough choices. In doing so, we saved 80,000 jobs, went on to grow 160,000 jobs … We went from lagging behind to leading.” She also pointed out that she has since landed the endorsement of an ex-HP board member who said the company was wrong to fire her.
The candidate—who did well enough at last month’s undercard debate to make the main stage on Wednesday night in California, where she also stood out among the crowded field—was asked on NBC’s “Today” on Thursday morning how she can assure Americans she’s a winner despite getting fired from HP.
“Well, you know, when you lead you challenge the status quo, which is what the American people want now,” Fiorina said. “And you make enemies when you challenge the status quo, and I made some.”


Carly Fiorina FIRED

The Carly Fiorina Leadership File

Carly Fiorina officially launched her presidential campaign with an appearance Monday on Good Morning America and a video called “Meet Carly” that she published on her website.
Fiorina doesn’t have a long political track record, aside from a failed run for the U.S. Senate in 2010.  So she’s running on her record as a business executive at AT&T and Lucent, and later as the chief executive officer of Hewlett-Packard.
To cut to the chase: Fiorina was fired from HP because she did a bad job. She also hasn’t held a major corporate position since she was pushed out of the company in 2005.
Fiorina is spinning a story that she was a victim of sexism at HP. In a recent interview with the Hill she wouldn’t say outright that she was fired because she’s a woman. But she said that there’s “no question that women in positions of authority are scrutinized differently, criticized differently and characterized different.”
Fiorina also noted in the interview that “Men understand other men’s need for respect, but they don’t always understand women’s need for respect.” She went on to imply that she was fired because she threatened certain badly behaved male board members when they got the message that she was “a leader would not tolerate that conduct.”
Don’t buy that line. It’s not true.
There’s a distressing and unjust abundance of sexism in tech – some of which Fiorina surely faced – but that doesn’t magically turn her flawed tenure at HP into a successful one. Fiorina’s male successor, Mark Hurd, was canned just as unceremoniously as she was. And HP has never seemed to shy away from female executives. Fiorina beat out another woman to run the company, a widely respected internal candidate named Ann Livermore. Meg Whitman, the former eBay chief, currently runs the show at HP.
Fiorina has made much of the fact that during her tenure, from 1999 to early 2005, HP’s revenue nearly doubled, rising to $87 billion from $44 billion. She created a huge, leading PC-maker with a large workforce that also added some jobs while she was in control.
There’s truthiness in the numbers that Fiorina presents. But they don’t tell the whole story.
HP’s revenue doubled during Fiorina’s tenure because she decided to buy a rival PC company, Compaq, in 2001. When the deal was announced, the New York Times reported that the companies would have combined revenue of $87 billion. (When the companies reported their final numbers for 2001, Compaq had revenue of over $33 billion and HP had revenue of more than $45 billion.)
The HP-Compaq merger was a bet that the combined company could beat IBM, then the largest PC maker. It had gotten tougher for all companies to make money in the hardware business, so the merger logic suggested that size and scale mattered. HP compromised its very profitable printer business in order to dive headlong into the PC market (a market with declining margins). IBM, however, saw what the business was facing and sold its PC division in 2004 to Lenovo. It was a smart move that allowed IBM to focus on its more lucrative services and consulting units.
HP became mired in the aftermath of the merger – a deal that board member Walter Hewlett castigated. (The boardroom brawl that broke out over the deal is another story altogether.) Fortune’s Carol Loomis wrote the definitive story about how the deal failed to create value for shareholders and how it left the company in a weakened state.
Loomis’ analysis presaged Fiorina’s ouster:
The fundamental and overpowering problem here is that HP’s shareholders paid $24 billion in stock to buy Compaq and in exchange got relatively little value. In fact, so little value was secured that accounting rules could force HP to write off a chunk of the $14.5 billion in goodwill assets it set up on its books after the deal… a write-off of goodwill at HP would say as clearly as anything can that, financially, this merger has been a lemon.
Fiorina’s poor assessment of the PC market forced her to eventually preside over so many layoffs at HP that my Bloomberg colleague Peter Burrows said she was dubbed “chainsaw Carly.” (Former employees haven’t forgotten, including one who is using the URL to remind us how many people she laid off while HP’s CEO.) Soon after Fiorina was fired, HP employees and shareholders debated whether or not the company should spin off its PC business, essentially undoing Fiorina’s big wager. Current HP CEO Meg Whitman eventually did exactly that.
Fiorina’s failures didn’t stop there. She also misjudged her ability to run HP and manage its board.
In the video she released Monday to announce her campaign, Fiorina asked viewers if they’re tired of “the vitriol, the pettiness, the egos, the corruption” of politics. It’s a good question because she wasn’t particularly adept at handling her own vitriolic and petty board.
HP’s board was famously dysfunctional, a group that fought over the Compaq acquisition and, later, what to do about HP’s flagging stock price. As the Wall Street Journal’s Pui-Wing Tam reported at the time, HP’s directors had presented Fiorina with a management reorganization plan a few weeks before they fired her. The idea was to distribute some of her power over key operating units to other executives in a bid to even out HP’s spotty financial performance. The company at that point was thought of by investors as bloated and ineffectual.
The idea that her ouster came as a surprise, which Fiorina has asserted, is in and of itself a surprise. Bruising boardroom battles. A floundering stock. And a board that wanted to limit her power. How could she not be aware that her job was on the line?
The Wall Street Journal’s detailed report about the boardroom talks, which had been private, ambushed Fiorina on her way to Davos. In a lengthy New Yorker article in 2007, the writer James Stewart noted:
The next day, Fiorina convened a conference call with all the board members … and demanded a confession from any director who had spoken to Tam or any other reporter… she asked the board’s nominating and governance committee to order an investigation by the company’s outside counsel, Lawrence Sonsini, to identify the leaker.
Clearly there were board members who were leaking confidential information to the press and then denying it, a situation that Fiorina said in her book, “Tough Choices,” made her feel violated. But as then-board member Tom Perkins told the New Yorker, “Leaks don’t happen in stable, happy companies. They’re a steam valve. People talk. They’re a symptom of something else.”
HP’s directors were violating their responsibilities to the company and its board, which was inexcusable. But for her part, Fiorina was completely unable to manage HP’s business, its tricky challenges or its board. It’s hard to imagine the same person managing the vicissitudes of a divided Congress as the government tries to work through complicated issues that often lack clear mandates.
In an interview last month with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Fiorina said that leadership is about two things: unlocking potential in others and changing the order of things for the better. By that definition, Fiorina’s time at the top of HP was a disaster.
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