Thursday, March 24, 2005

All Schiavo. All the time.

It's a good thing that Media Matters keeps track of the ongoing, sleazy hypocrisy involving the Terri Schiavo case, just so you don't have to.

In particular, you have to love the CNN anchor here, bringing up allegations of abuse while admitting he has absolutely nothing to substantiate them:

PHILLIPS: Bob, real quickly, just since you're outside the hospice there -- those who are caring for Terri Schiavo at this time. Yesterday, as you know, for the first time a former -- or a nurse who formerly cared for Terri Schiavo came forward -- not from this hospice but from another convalescence center-- just talking about Michael Schiavo and how she felt he was a threat to those caring for Terri Schiavo. Anybody responding to that? Anybody talking about that?

FRANKEN: No, and I'll tell you why, because there's an awful lot of very intense rhetoric right now. It's very difficult for anybody to sift through it. There are charges that Michael Schiavo years ago before the cardiac arrest happened, that there was some abuse, that there's been some litigation about that. As a matter of fact, the Department of Abuse and Family Matters in the state of Florida is in the local court now trying to get those records, records that have been kept confidential in the past. So, there is a lot of information, a lot of charges flying around. It's very difficult, if not impossible, to confirm any of them, including the comments of the nurse.

But it's not going to stop Franken from publicizing them, corroboration or no corroboration, is it? CNN: When you don't quite have the stomach for the vile depravity that is Fox News, but are working your way up to it slowly.

P.S. And about that Nobel Prize nomination ...

UPDATE: Survey says!! ...

Congressional leaders have insisted their only motivation in getting involved in the Terri Schiavo case was saving a life. But Americans aren’t buying that argument, a CBS News poll finds.

An overwhelming 82 percent of the public believes the Congress and President should stay out of the matter

And don't you remember the good old days when 51-48 was a "mandate"?

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