April 2, 2005

Stopped clock: Schiavo

It is very difficult to be unbiased when you read lines like this (ABC News):

"The court has already determined that (Michael Schiavo) will control the burial decisions," Gibbs said.

Outside the Pinellas Park hospice where Terri Schiavo lived for five years, just a few protesters returned Friday for a brief mass as city workers took down barricades used to control the crowd. Media crews from around the country packed up their gear.

These last lines are really depressing, and sort of show the humanity behind all of this, with both sides consequently failing. It is ending and there is nothing that anyone can do now, except wait for another death. It's all very morbid, isn't it?

Posted by Amanda Cochran at April 2, 2005 9:00 AM | TrackBack

I read a touching column the other day, written in the form of a letter from her to her family.

I still can't believe her husband refused to let her family see her in her last moments.

Posted by: ChrisU at April 2, 2005 10:31 AM

The entire situation is messed up on so many levels.

Posted by: Amanda at April 2, 2005 10:53 AM

I think "lack of humanity behind this" case would be a better way to put it.

I must agree with you that this is all VERY morbid. Especially when you think that about 50 protesters were arrested for trying to bring food/water to a woman...who was starving because the courts let her husband to out her feeding tube...even though her family desperately wanted to keep her alive...and the courts are supposed to uphold justice and doctors are supposed to uphold the lives of their patients...??? It's all so sick, it hurts my brain.

Posted by: Emily Kasky at April 2, 2005 6:55 PM

As a journalist-in-training, I am taught to see a multi-faceted story, rather than my own biases. However, I posted this becuase I think one side is sorely lacking in the public eye's perception of good and evil.

There are always two sides, and I am sadly seeing one. It is the principle of the entire Schiavo case, not the particulars that somehow leaked through the system.

Posted by: Amanda at April 3, 2005 2:05 PM

Time for some rude awakenings, Amanda. There is no such thing as an unbiased journalist. If there were any like that, the big media players wouldn't be getting slapped on with "Democratic" or "Republican" labels.

Think about how filtered the press really is. There's no one out there who gives the entire story. There's always something missing with it.

Posted by: Neha at April 5, 2005 6:42 AM
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