Tuesday, March 22, 2005

What Liberal Media?

Captain Ed looks at the ABC poll showing overwhelming support for Michael Schiavo, against Terri and the action of Congress. Whenever I hear poll results like that, I want to see how the questions were phrased. Sure enough, check out how they described Terri's condition in questoin 2:

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?

(My emphasis.) The entire poll is skewed by the bogus claim that Terri is or has been on life support. This is untrue. She's never been on life support. She has only had a feeding tube

A couple of months ago my daughter got the flu and received from fluids via an IV from the hospital. Would ABC consider her on "life support" during that time? Does ABC consider people who depend upon kidney dialysis to be on "life support"?

Ed writes:

Either ABC is completely incompetent in conducting research, or they have attempted to fool their viewers and readership with false polling that essentially lies about the case in question. Since when does ABC conduct push polling for euthanasia?