Thursday, March 24, 2005

Bias, Ever Bias

In case the near-giddiness in the MSM, and I have to include the cable news (Shep Smith) here too, was not a giveaway, here is a sample from a recent AP report:

... Bush's challenge to the disagnosis on Terri Schiavo's brain damage is based on the opinion of a neurologist working for the state who observed Schiavo at her bedside but did not conduct an examination of her.

The neurologist, William Cheshire of the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, is a bioethicist who is also an active member in Christian organizations, including two whose leaders
have spoken out against the tube's removal.

Ronald Cranford of the University of Minnesota, a neurologist who was among those who made a previous diagnosis of Schiavo, said "there isn't a reputable, credible neurologist in the world who won't find her in a vegetative state."

Well, here is a little more info about the good Dr. Cranford from WorldNetDaily (cap tip: BlogsforTerri):

Cranford is a member of the board of directors of the Choice in Dying Society, which promotes doctor-assisted suicide and euthanasia.

He was also a featured speaker at the 1992 national conference of the Hemlock Society. The group recently changed its name to End of Life Choices.

In 1997, Cranford wrote an opinion piece in the Minneapolis Star Tribune titled: "When a feeding tube borders on barbaric."

I have not heard that anywhere. And lest anyone think there has not been conflicts of interest in the adjudication of this case, consider this, also from BlogsforTerri:
... to [deny food and hydration] on the basis of heresay evidence, disallowing and devaluing the testimony to the contrary of Terri's parents and friends, can only be described as judicial action with an agenda - by a judge that has sat on the same board of directors of the same hospice with the euthanasia advocate George Felos, Michael Schiavo's attorney... (emphasis added)
Anybody hear that in the MSM? How about cable news? It ought to be something easily discredited by now, if not true. Ugh! This whole thing stinks to high heavens.

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