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Schiavo Hysteria On FNC

Reported by Deborah - March 20, 2005

There has been an irrational hysteria evident on FNC this weekend. Caught up in the Terry Schiavo madness, FNC has been so busy pandering to the extreme right that the facts in this case have been totally ignored and Michael Schiavo,labeled a heartless monster, has been denied an opportunity to tell his side. Here are a few examples of irresponsible, biased and inflammatory reporting from the weekend frenzy on Fox News.

Around 3PM ET,3/20, Megan Kendall,breathlessly revealed that an audio tape of Terry Schiavo's Father speaking to his Daughter had been given exclusively to Fox News.Viewers heard Terry's Father speaking lovingly and finally a gutteral groan or grunt was heard in the background.That was definitive evidence that Terry Schiavo communicates.

Attention was quickly shifted to a story of four men who broke into Schiavo's hospice with water to give their"sister" a drink. Kendall told this story with urgency and admiration for these men.The fact that Terry Schiavo can't drink the water was not mentioned.

Last night on Heartland, John Kasich asked Schiavo's sister why she thought Terry's husband continued the struggle. The sister replied that she used to think it was money but he spent it on lawyers. Her theory was that Michael Schiavo didn't want her sister to learn to speak again because she would tell everyone what really happened to
her that night. Kasich nodded knowingly.

When Isadore Rosenfeld told John Kasich that Terry Schiavo had no cerebral cortex and could never be rehabilitated, Kasich objected claiming that there was a story of a man exactly like Terry who had recovered completely.Kasich quickly ended the discussion with Rosenfeld.

Randall Terry who appeared on H&C on Friday to rally his army to Florida, is claiming that Terry Schiavo screamed "I want to live!"

Right now in Congress they are debating a bill that will not be accepted by the courts because it is crafted for one person. So how will Terry Schiavo be helped? Does anyone really care.

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