Fact Checking The Sunday Shows - February 6, 2011

February 07, 2011 10:01 am ET — Media Matters Action Network

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli

Nearly all the major Sunday morning political shows dedicated their airtime to the ongoing mass protests in Egypt, save for Fox News Sunday. The network, apparently worried that Americans might forget it was Super Bowl Sunday, dedicated the entire hour of its flagship news program to host Chris Wallace yukking it up with Terry Bradshaw, Joe Buck, Roger Goodell, Lynn Swan, and other newsworthy NFL personalities. So it was not until afternoon that Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) appeared on Fox News to flat-out lie about the recent right-wing attempt to smear Planned Parenthood.

Once the anti-choice zealots from Live Action put a Virginia clinic on their target list, it was inevitable that the state's A.G. would be involved. It's no surprise that a conservative media darling like Cuccinelli would parrot the baseless accusations against Planned Parenthood, but he really went above and beyond on Sunday by accusing the nation's largest reproductive health organization of gleefully promoting child prostitution.

Cuccinelli's claim that Planned Parenthood is "happily willing to aid and abet" the "sex trafficking of minors" is utterly false; weeks before these heavily-edited videos surfaced, the organization actually contacted the FBI about the conservative pranksters who told clinic staffers they were running a child sex ring.

Read our full fact check HERE.

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