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Memo to ABC, NYTimes: Terri Schiavo was not “brain dead”

By Michelle Malkin  •  November 19, 2007 09:46 PM

Via LifeNews, Terri Schiavo’s family members try to hold the MSM accountable for continued lies and distortions about their loved one:

Terri Schiavo’s family is upset with the media for again erroneously depicting the disabled woman as “brain dead” when she was able to interact with them before her former husband took her life. This time, the Schindler family says ABC News and the New York Times wrongly reported on her condition.

Yesterday on ABC’s “This Week” program, George Stephanopoulos, in an interview with Senator Fred Thompson, commented that Terri Schiavo’s autopsy proved she was “brain dead.”

The New York Times reported on the television interview, and repeated the erroneous claim.

Terri’s brother Bobby Schindler told LifeNews.com on Monday that the “brain dead” assessment is patently false. He said Terri’s family is requesting that the media immediately stop using this “offensive and inaccurate expression” to describe her condition.

Brain death is an authentic diagnosis, not some catch phrase that should be loosely used based upon a ‘summary of widespread response’ or opinions that have been written about my sister,’ Schindler said.

“We are requesting that the media take a few minutes to research the facts regarding Terri’s case and, more importantly, her condition,” he added. In doing so they would learn that not one doctor ever diagnosed Terri as being ‘brain-dead.'”

The Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation website is here.

More: Sworn affidavits of more than 40 medical and therapeutic professionals.

Flashback: The Schiavo autopsy–a sober look.


As for Fred Thompson, looks like he got his memory back:

September 13, 2007:

Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson gave no opinion Thursday when asked about efforts by President Bush and Congress to keep Terri Schiavo alive, saying he does not remember details of the right-to-die case that stirred national debate.

Thompson was asked in an interview for Bay News 9’s “Political Connections” program whether he thought Congress’ intervention to save the life of the brain-dead woman two years ago was appropriate.

“I can’t pass judgment on it. I know that good people were doing what they thought was best,” Thompson said. “That’s going back in history. I don’t remember the details of it.


Fred Thompson set forth a more clear picture of his views on assisted suicide and euthanasia in a Sunday interview on ABC News. He said he would have supported Terri Schiavo’s parents in their efforts to prevent their daughter’s euthanasia death and he said courts should err on the side of life.

Thompson said the motives behind the actions Terri’s former husband took to subject her to a 13-day starvation and dehydration death were “suspect” and he said he would have backed the Schindlers’ efforts to save her life.

“From what I know about the facts, or recall about it, I would side with the parents in, you know, keeping that child alive,” Thompson said.

“Based on the notion that I can’t imagine a parent or a spouse or a doctor deciding anything — if there’s any question that this person might live,” he added.

His comments are a more pro-life presentation of his end-of-life views and could help him regain his footing with pro-life voters upset by earlier statements.

Looks like he’s going to need a lot more to “regain his footing:”

Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson has skidded into sixth place in a new CNN/WMUR poll of likely Republican voters in New Hampshire, edged out by ex-Libertarian and anti-war congressman Ron Paul and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney topped the poll, widening a lead he has held for months in neighboring New Hampshire, while Arizona Sen. John McCain and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani were running close in the second and third spots.

The CNN/WMUR poll was conducted by the University of New Hampshire between Wednesday and Sunday. Pollsters surveyed 404 Republican voters for the survey, which had a sampling error of 5 percentage points.

Thompson came into the GOP race late with the hope of winning over social conservatives unsatisfied with the rest of the party’s field, and racked up a key endorsement from the National Right to Life Committee last week. But the former star of the television drama “Law and Order” has trailed the GOP front-runners in early voting states since entering the race in August, and his support in New Hampshire dropped from 13 percent in a September poll to 4 percent in November’s survey.

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