Sunday, April 03, 2005

Powerline finds in a Zogby poll that torturing Terri Schiavo to death wasn't so popular after all, when people actually understood her condition.
"If a disabled person is not terminally ill, not in a coma, and not being kept alive on life support, and they have no written directive, should or should they not be denied food and water," the poll asked.
A whopping 79 percent said the patient should not have food and water taken away while just 9 percent said yes.
I’ve been saying for weeks that those poll results showing people wanted Terri starved to death were utter BS. This is a perfect example of the kind of meme the MSM liberal echo chamber creates and perpetuates… and this time, it arguably got someone killed by appearing to make intervention unpopular.

I guess they get the Walter Duranty Award for Ethical Journalism.


Blogger Fargus... said...

It's a misleading question. It makes use of "in a coma," somehow implying that that state is worse than the PVS/liquefied-brain state that Schiavo was in. Perhaps the other polls may have been worded poorly, too (I didn't see their specific wording, and you didn't post it here), but don't try to act like Zogby's unimpeachable here.

4:14 AM  
Blogger TallDave said...

How is it misleading to be accurate? Terri was not in a coma.

We don't know the state of Teri's brain. She's never had a PET or MRI, and her CAT was 10 years ago.

Most of the other polls said Terri was "on life support," which is simply not true. Food and water are not life support.

10:55 AM  
Blogger Fargus... said...

The poll question clearly implies that a coma would be worse than other options there.

And if you had a tube inserted through your abdominal wall directly into your stomach, I'd call that a little bit different than "just eating and drinking."

1:23 PM  
Blogger TallDave said...

No, it just implies a different condition.

But since you bring the point up, is a coma worse than being conscious but severely limited in mental capacity? Medically, I think it's very hard to justify answering the question other than "yes."

4:24 PM  

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