Lessons from Schiavo Case Continue to Surface

Even though Terri Schiavo’s death occurred some ten months ago, grave questions continue to surface. These ponderings will do nothing to save Terri Schiavo, of course: but they may well prepare the rest of us for considering the crucial issues involved – and the degree to which public opinion – maybe your own opinion – was created and manipulated by an agenda-driven media.

WorldNetDaily just ran an analysis of the media’s coverage of the Terri Schiavo killing. They quoted several media analysts as arguing that the mainstream media’s coverage of her condition and the legal issues as incredibly inaccurate. Columnist Nat Hentoff called the shoddy reporting on the case the worst case of “journalistic malpractice” he’s seen in twenty-five years.

The media regularly misinformed the American public about Terri’s condition. The media, for example, constantly referred to Terri as being on “life support”. But Terri was never on a breathing machine and maintained her own blood pressure. She did rely on a feeding tube – but so do some 125,000 American adults and 10,000 children.

The big media also habitually characterized Terri as being in a coma and even “brain dead”. All of that was meant to convey the idea that Terri’s existence was merely artificial. But the fact is, no medical testimony came forward to substantiate the idea that Terri was in a coma. She actually was comatose in the first three months following her still-mysterious injury – but she recovered and was able to breathe on her own for the last fifteen years of her life.

And did you know that Florida law allows the removal of feeding tubes only in cases where the patient is in a “permanent vegetative state”? The judge in Terri’s case ruled in favor of killing Terri on the basis of two neurologists hired by her estranged husband; meanwhile, some 40 other medical experts submitted sworn affidavits disputing that finding.

There is much more to this case than we’ve learned by reading the Spokesman Review.

But the bottom line is that we have been manipulated by the same press corps that relentlessly pushes the abortion culture – and for many of the same reasons.

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