May 2, 2005
The public never learned about Terri Schiavo's true conditionTopics: Commentary
Joel Belz authored a recent World Magazine article about an interview with David Gibbs, the attorney who represented Terri Schiavo's parents "in their fruitless quest to have her life." Gibbs speaks openly about his own personal sense of failure:
"I wish," Mr. Gibbs said simply, "that we'd been able to show the American public how very alive Terri was."
However, Belz notes that Gibbs was up against a system that, by careful design, would not allow Terri to be heard.
More critical even than the various courts' final rulings that her feeding tube be withdrawn was their previous determination that any personal exposure to Terri would be limited to a tiny group of professional experts. No jury of peers got to hear or see Terri face to face. News reporters were officially excluded. The judges themselves never met or saw her--in spite of Mr. Gibbs's pleading that they do so. "She was altogether capable of coming to their courtrooms in a wheelchair," he insists now. "They turned down all my efforts to make that happen."The media played a role as well. Belz writes,
As a newsman, I understand Mr. Gibbs' sense of failure--for I share it painfully. Why couldn't we in the media have done our job more diligently? Why couldn't we have increased the wattage of our searchlight, forcing Michael Schiavo and his complicit judges to let the public see what Terri Schiavo's situation really was?Indeed... we all could have done more. However, there were many in the media had a different agenda in mind. Pamela comments,
"Call me paranoid, but I don't think the media's handling of Terri's case was ever accidental. Reading Terri's obituary (three days prior to her death) from CBS News where they stated she died in Michael's arms, and reading the push polls from ABC News is pretty good evidence to me that the media had it in for her from the beginning."
Posted by tim at May 2, 2005 11:48 PM
Articles Related to Commentary: