Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Leftists for Schiavo

Terri Schiavo: Judicial Murder, a must-read piece in The Village Voice of all places. The author, Nat Hentoff is quite critical of the media's role in this sad tale, referring to the coverage of NYT, WaPo and the LA Times as "misinformation." He found Nightline to be "appallingly one-sided" and "distorted." He also quotes liberal darling Ralph Nader on the topic. And keep in mind from the Ralph Nader-Wesley Smith report:
"The courts . . . have [also] ordered that no attempts be made to provide her water or food by mouth. Terri swallows her own saliva. Spoon feeding is not medical treatment. This outrageous order proves that the courts are not merely permitting medical treatment to be withheld, they have ordered her to be made dead."
Add to this the sudden appearence of Jesse Jackson outside the hospice to pray with the Schindlers and the fact that nearly half the Congressional Black Caucus voted with the Republicans on the Schiavo bill. It's a strange brew indeed. No wonder The New Republic warned that this "is a no-win issue for Democrats, and their best course of action is to lie low and wait for the media storm to pass."
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