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Major Garrett spins Schiavo poll numbers

Reported by Chrish - April 1, 2005

On Special Report with Brit Hume today 3/31/05 Major Garrett was talking about various facets of the Schiavo case and the related end-of-life issues brought up by the publicity around the situation.

Garrett cited the following Fox News/Opinion Dynamics poll, taken before Terri's death this morning:

Terry Schiavo - Removal of Feeding Tube
Agree 42%
Disagree 38%
Unsure 20%

He summarized it like this: "...show(s) a majority either oppose or are unsure if they supported removal of Terri's feeding tube. 42% say they supported removing it."

Had he not been pushing the "pro-life" "out-of-control judiciary' point of view he might have said "...show(s) a large majority either support or are unsure if they supported removal of Terri's feeding tube. 38% say they opposed removing it."

This would be more in line with the following poll, in which 61% said they would want the feeding tube removed if they were in Terri's condition, while 24% would want to keep it and 15% were not sure.

He then read a statement from the Vatican, which has been opposed to the removal all along.

Major then quoted that other great bastion of moral authority, Tom DeLay, who "decried what he called an out-of-control, arrogant judiciary. (4) that he said ignored the will of Congress to take a fresh look at the Schiavo case. DeLay also said 'the time will come for the men responsible for this to answer for their behavior.'

Comment: This last soundbite was a set-up for the upcoming Tom DeLay interview and the talking points therein. See my post on that segment by clicking on the (4) above.

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