Monday, March 21, 2005

Do The American People Vastly Support Michael Schiavo?

When I heard about this poll this morning, I simply assumed it was another reflection of something I had encountered personally - people uninformed about the facts of the case. And indeed, it seems to be exactly that. But perhaps even more so for some disturbingly sloppy, biased, and/or lazy media problems.

From Captain Ed this evening:

However, a look at the questionnaire shows that ABC News completely misrepresented Terri's medical condition, which undoubtedly impacted the responses given. Question 2, which asks the central question, claims that Terri is on life support:
2. Schiavo suffered brain damage and has been on life support for 15 years. Doctors say she has no consciousness and her condition is irreversible. Her husband and her parents disagree about whether she would have wanted to be kept alive. Florida courts have sided with the husband and her feeding tube was removed on Friday.

What’s your opinion on this case - do you support or oppose the decision to remove Schiavo’s feeding tube? Do you support/oppose it strongly or somewhat?

Terri has never been on life support. The only medical treatment Terri received for the past five years has been food and water through a feeding tube, which is nothing at all like artificial life support. Artificial life support consists of ventilation for people unable to breathe on their own. The question sets up a strawman argument that so completely contradicts reality that the entire poll must be considered invalid.

And is this sort of thing effective?

Well it is according to the response of another blogger who is intelligent, media-savy, and fiercely independent. From The Moderate Voice this morning:

The question now becomes: "Do we have a Teflon Congress and President?" as a new poll shows Americans overwhelmingly give thumbs down on Congress and the President's stance on getting the federal government involved in the controversy over whether Terri Schiavo's feeding tube should be removed or not.
I doubt ABC would let me reword their question, but just out of curiosity I wonder what the results would have been had the question been worded this way:

"2. Schiavo suffered brain damage and as a result is currently disabled. Her husband's selected doctors say she has no consciousness and her condition is irreversible, yet other medical experts disagree. The judge in charge of the case will not allow those doctors with opposing views to testify.

Her husband and her parents disagree about whether she would have wanted to be kept alive, yet her husband can produce no evidence regarding Terri's views on such a matter. Additionally, the husband has refused medical tests such as an MRI, which are standard in such situations to more accurately assess her condition. Many experts believe Terri would respond to therapy, but her husband has also refused to allow this.

Terri's parents have offered to take over the care of her, financially and personally. They want to allow further tests to determine her condition, and allow others to attempt therapy to improve her condition.

What’s your opinion on this case - do you support or oppose the decision to remove Schiavo’s feeding tube? Do you support/oppose it strongly or somewhat?"

How about it ABC? Care to run the poll with that as question number two and compare the results to the previous one?


Anonymous Anonymous said...


9:19 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Anonymous, You must have rose-colored glasses. The Schindler's medical experts and witnesses have been systematically shut out of this case by Judge Greer, while Michael Schiavo's experts - his chief one being a leading advocate for assisted suicide and euthenasia of the severely disabled - have been the only voices the judge entered in his "findings of fact." No one has medically "proven" anything. Quite early Judge Greer arbitrarily picked a side and from that point on was unwilling to here testimony to the contrary. See this post for more detail.

And you're confusing "recovery" for "improvement." No one is claiming Terri Schiavo will "get better" and be like she was before. Numerous medical experts have signed affidavits that Terri Schiavo might respond well to therapy. They've been signing such statements from the time of her initial accident through this day. Michael Schiavo won a large medical malpractice suit specifically claiming that Terri would need such therapy. It has never even been attempted. Again, see the link I posted above for more information. You're poorly informed.

8:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are t=you positive you know what Artifical Life is? Obviously with out this feeding tube Terri will die. Any means of giving a person a substance of life, be it air, water, food, is artifical life. You should get all your facts straight before you start ranting about it. And You rebuttling will state somethign alond the lines that I don't know what I'm talking about yada yada yada, but guess what, I do.

5:59 AM  
Anonymous diamond girl said...

Hi DOug,
Evidently Terri has been on a respirator at some time (large scar visible in the repeated video).Her cerebral cortex is gone, space is filled with fluid, just like my granddaughters was. My granddaughter died in the same hospice. I can not imagine the government coming in and telling us we could not let her go. Her father did not want her to die. Why? Because he is the one who caused her injury and that would make him a murderer. DO you want to open the door to that? I would only hope and pray that if I were in that shape and some well meaning family member wanted to "take care of me" that my husband would fight as hard to honor my wishes. I also would hope if I could no longer be a companion to him that he would find love again but not divorce me and and leave me at the mercy of others.
SHe did have therapy-went to california for experimental therapy-many different attempts the first five years. Those of us that live here, that have been familiar with the case for years are astounded at the half-truths and lies being perpetuated. Just a Thought

3:29 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Hey folks, the blog has moved over here. Head on over if you're interested in my replies to your comments.

I'll put your comments into the comments section on this thread at the new site shortly:

New blog, same post.

3:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been in Michael's position dealing with death with four family members and having to make those difficult decisions with Hospice. I say let it end, all the hatred, death for a christian is a wonderful thing, just think how wonderful it was for Terri to hear today, welcome home my child from her Father in Heaven. I applaud Michael in all his efforts is letting Terri rest in peace and becoming whole again and being about to walk in golden fields. May Terri's family health from all the pain they have caused all those around them. I just think its amazing we are a society who are more humane to our animals than our loved ones.

4:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This American supports Michael Schiavo.

The country is beating up on this couragous and loyal man. He didn't have to continue this fight. It would have been easier not to, but he still remained steadfast to Terri's wishes all these years.

Michael, you have my deepest sympathies for your loss and my admiration for your integrity.

6:48 PM  
Anonymous Jennifer Roswell, Ga. said...

I as my husband are both avid supporters of Mr. Michael Schiavo. I truly feel with all my heart that he had her best interest at heart and was following her wishes. I doubt for a second he would have fought so hard in trying to fulfill her wish if he felt any other way. He would have given up long ago and took all the money offered to him. Even now after her death, i look at video of him talking about her and you can't help but see the sparkle in his eyes, he is still in love with her and probably always will be. I don't fault him for moving on either. EVERYONE deserves some happiness and Terri could not offer him that anymore. I think that her family has been selfish and have used her for their own causes and i find that pathetic. Throughout this entire ordeal they have consistently lied about how she looked, her condition, and how the Hospice was trying to "expedite her death" as stated by Bob Schindler on Tuesday on live tv. I find those statements disguisting and i am glad that Terri has finally received her wish and i hope that Mr. Schiavo has a long, happy future.

7:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am aproud supporter of Michael Schiavo.

I am absolutely appauled with the Schindler's behaviour throughout the past few weeks since her artificial life support was removed. They played upon people and in soing so attracted the likes of Randall Terry... RANDALL TERRY!! This man sent a fetus to a President! They have been selling video's of this poor woman for $100.00 each and who knows where the money actually went. I am appauled with Congress not to mention the President for even thinking of getting involved in this and Jeb Bush is a disgrace to all Floridians. Michael Schiavo is the ONLY one throughout this entire time has shown any real dignity or respect for Mrs. Schiavo and i wish him the best.

7:40 PM  

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