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Fox Attempting to Revive Controversy on Schiavo Anniversary

Reported by Judy - March 29, 2006

It must be a year since Terri Schiavo died -- how else to explain the reappearance of the Schindler family on Fox News?

"Dayside" on Tuesday (March 29, 2006) featured the parents and siblings of Terri Schiavo, who died in a Florida nursing home a year ago following the removal of a feeding tube that had kept her alive for years after she suddenly collapsed at the home she shared with her husband Michael Schiavo in 1991. The family was there to promote the book they have written about their fight to keep in the feeding tube, titled A Life That Matters.

The appearance was a chance to revisit, in an entirely one-sided fashion, the issues in the case, including casting suspicion on Michael Schiavo, suggesting that Schiavo was aware of her surroundings, and urging that such people be kept alive indefinitely.

Mary Schindler, Terri's mother, remained in denial about her daughter's existence after her collapse. "There’s a void in my life. I don’t have her any more … She was so funny and she laughed, and knew I was in the room," she claimed.

Schiavo's brother, Bobby Schindler, insisted more investigation was needed into what caused his sister to collapse. "Terri and Michael are the only ones that know what happened that night. … Michael’s never properly investigated. If we knew then what we know now, maybe this whole thing would have happened differently," he said. (Despite listening to Schindler's comments several times, it was unclear whether Schindler said "Michael's never properly investigated" or "Michael's never been properly investigated.")

The Schindlers insisted that anyone would do what they did to keep Schiavo alive. Her father claimed they have never encountered any animosity over fighting their former son-in-law over the decision to disconnect the feeding tube. "Anybody that knows what happened in Terri’s case immediately are already favorable and supportive for what we are doing for her," he said.

And her brother insisted, "Faced with the same circumstances, anybody in this room would have done what we did. … Terri had a brain injury. She was disabled.”

Such statements, however, reveal the depth of the family's denial. Even Fox News' own poll showed that a large majority of Americans thought Schiavo's feeding tube should have been removed and most would want it removed if they themselves were being kept alive in such a fashion.

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