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Monday, February 28, 2005

Journalistic Pretzel-Twisting

I still can't get over this twisting of the truth. These days it's called a spin, but I see it as a serious lack of professionalism:
 "A judge gave Terri Schiavo's husband permission to remove the brain-damaged woman's feeding tube in three weeks, handing him a victory in his effort to carry out what he says were his wife's wishes not to be kept alive artificially."
The articles spins what this means for Terri's husband by calling it a victory. It wasn't a victory because Judge "Greer previously granted the parents a stay until 5 p.m. Friday." That's Friday, February 25. The stay has effectively been extended, as the new ruling "will allow the husband, Michael Schiavo, to order the tube removed at 1 p.m. on March 18" instead. That's a three-week setback for his cause, not anywhere near a victory. To claim that it's a victory is .. pathetic, really.

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