Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Main Stream Media's Life and Death Distortions

In my post below "We Have Become As Death" (March 22) I noted that the polls say there is overwhelming public support (77%) for allowing Michael Schiavo to kill his wife. In accepting the polling results I underestimated the perfidity of the media.

From Michelle Malkin today (Read her whole column here. )

"On a fundamental matter of life and death, the MSM heavyweights have proven themselves utterly incapable of reporting fairly. Take a widely publicized ABC News poll released on Monday that supposedly showed strong public opposition to any Washington intervention in Terri's case. Here is how the spinmasters framed the main poll question:

As you may know, a woman in Florida named Terri Schiavo suffered brain damage and has been on life support for 15 years. Doctors say she has no consciousness and her condition is irreversible. Her parents and her husband disagree on whether or not she should be kept on life support. In cases like this who do you think should have final say, (the parents) or (the spouse)?

A follow-up question asked:

If you were in this condition, would you want to be kept alive, or not?

The problem is that, contrary to what ABC News told those polled, Terri Schiavo is not on "life support" and has never been on "life support." The loaded phrase evokes images of a comatose patient being artificially sustained by myriad machines and pumps and wires. Terri was on a feeding tube. A feeding tube is not a ventilator. Terri can breathe just fine on her own.

And as many of her medical caretakers and parents have argued, if given proper rehabilitation, Terri could learn to chew and swallow on her own as well. She is disabled, not dead."


At 3:25 pm, March 24, 2005 , Blogger Kateland, aka TZH said...

John, sorry the link wasn't working but it is now fixed but the short story is that Western is giving Henry Mogentaler an honourary degree for being a tirelessly champion of women's rights.

At 4:52 pm, March 24, 2005 , Blogger the monarchist said...

John, thanks for the visit and the sentiment. Cheers.


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