Terri Schiavo -- Domestic violence murder 15 years in the
[Posted 28 March 2005]
I've been watching mainstream news' coverage of the Terri Schiavo affair, and as
usual, am appalled at the dishonesty and laziness.
I've noticed that both the mainstream news and some "mainstream alternative"
news sources (like Pacifica radio and Air America Radio) are both promoting
Schiavo's husband's lines as fact. The only honest coverage I've seen on this
particular issue is found
on Rense.com. ...And I'm VERY disappointed in those alternative
news sources who cover this issue without so much as bothering to read the evidence
that Schiavo's parents -- her blood relatives -- have collected.
First of all, here are some of the arguments that mainstream news sources have
presented as fact:
1.) That Terri Schiavo is a "vegetable,"
2.) That she has no comprehension of things around her,
3.) That she'll never recover,
4.) That Michael Schiavo should exercise rights as her guardian despite
already living with another woman for years and having children by that other woman,
5.) That the domestic violence allegations against Michael Schiavo are groundless,
6.) That sworn testimony by nurses caring for Terri Schiavo, claiming that
Michael Schiavo denied Terri Schiavo therapy that
could have led to her recovery, is false,
7.) That testimony by medical employees
that Michael Schiavo obtained zero care for his wife via threats is false,
8.) That Schiavo spending lawsuit money designated for Terri's care on litigation
to end her life was OK,
and so on.
The fact is, too many people have weighed in against Michael Schiavo. The
only people in his corner are attorneys and doctors who have been PAID by him,
and a few Florida state officials in a Southern state known for its poor quality of
medical care and political corruption. Terri Schiavo is very aware of her
surroundings -- her parents have video tapes of her interacting with them,
proving this fact, apparent to anyone who bothers to watch. According to past
nurses, Terri was able to say simple words and could be spoon fed at the outset
of her care. Fifteen years of neglect, plus other damage alleged via insulin
injections by her husband, may account for her deterioration. But the most
damning evidence against Michael Schiavo is the fact
that he won't just walk away.
Terri Schiavo's parents have wanted to take their daughter home for years.
Instead of warehousing their daughter in a hospice, (not because Terri is terminally
but because the care is free to Michael Schiavo), Terri's parents could have had
appropriate therapies given to Terri, and possibly helped their daughter to recover
at least partially. Her husband has already moved on with his life,
so why wouldn't he allow his wife's family to take care of their daughter? I
think it's because he's afraid of what Terri might say when she could finally
than just a few words. She might tell people why she really collapsed
that night, and perhaps some of the things her husband said and did to her, prior
to empty insulin vials being found in her room for no apparent reason. What other
reason could there be?
Yet the mainstream press doesn't bother looking into this at all -- they just
portray the case as a "right to die" issue, assuming that Michael Schiavo's claim
of Terri's "wishes" are true. This is despite others remembering Terri saying
things directly the opposite. Is this because news outlets are
too cheap to have another
journalist talk to the Schiavo family, or because they don't want people to know
the whole truth about the domestic violence and civil rights issues at play?
And the "mainstream alternative" press just uses the issue as an opportunity to
take a shot at the Bush family. Oh look, Bush is killing people daily
overseas with oil wars, and trying to force old people below the poverty line
with bogus Social Security "reform." But he really cares about Terri Schiavo.
Hey, I'm the first person to admit that a cockroach would be a better President,
but I'm not going to be heartless enough to use an abused woman as
fodder against the President -- a President who actually did the right
thing in this case, even though he's no women's advocate.
Domestic violence is not OK. Killing a person to get rid of evidence is not OK.
Denying her appropriate care is not OK. It's all just more abuse against women,
and I'm sick of alternative news sources who want to just brush over the facts in
this case to take a cheap jab at the Bush brothers. The Bush brothers give
people plenty of material to show how evil they are already
-- there's no need to justify anything being
done to Terri Schiavo in order to add to that mountainous heap.
I'm glad that Bush, Bush, & the Republicans in Congress tried to help Terri
Schiavo. But as usual for people pretending to be Christian in order to get
votes, they didn't really put up a strong enough effort. The fact is,
Jeb Bush should
have had Social Services take Terri into protective custody years ago, and the
judges might have ruled with him if it'd been done well ahead of the media blitz.
Now everyone thinks he's just trying to appease Christians while he finds himself
in front of the
TV cameras, and I'm sure that's true to a certain degree. Now if Jimmy Carter
were Governor or
President during all of this, maybe things would have been handled differently.
But the people in power now are hollow shells when it comes to moral values, and
the press will just roll over and do what's cheapest or in the best interests of
And so Terri Schiavo will die the neglected and abused woman she
always was. I'm not happy, and no truly informed person is happy. This isn't
about the right to die nearly as much as it's about a domestic violence death, 15
years in the making.
Terrie Schiavo: Abused by her husband, abused by a corrupt system, abused
by the media. Then murdered in the cause of ignorance.