In discussing the Terri Schiavo case, several prominent media conservatives have accused liberals of wanting Schiavo to die and have imputed motives to them far beyond the belief, expressed by many liberals, that the courts were right to allow Schiavo’s husband to make end-of-life decisions on behalf of his wife.
Syndicated radio host Rush Limbaugh suggested that liberals “want this woman to die because Christian conservatives want her to live,” calling it “payback.” MSNBC host Joe Scarborough mused aloud about whether liberals “hate George Bush so much that they are cheering for Terri’s death only because the president of the United States and his brother are fighting for Terri’s life.” Wall Street Journal contributing editor Peggy Noonan claimed that the “pull-the-tube people” — she specifically named CNN Crossfire host James Carville and the website Democratic Underground — are “committed” to Schiavo’s death. Fox News host Bill O’Reilly singled out New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd and Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen, stating, “I don’t know why some of these left-wing columnists want her to die.”
I want Schiavo to die. But not because I want “payback’ or because I “hate the right-wing”. That’s stupid. It’s more than stupid. It’s retarded. I want her to die because I want her suffering to be over. Or maybe she isn’t suffering now, I don’t know, I’m not a doctor. I guess I think it’s her time to go. But to be perfectly honest, I agree with Annatopia . It’s really none of our business. And the thing that pisses me off about this situation is that, somehow, it has become our business. This should be a private, family matter.
The right-wing pundits think too highly of themselves. I’ve heard Micheal Savage say similar things, that liberals actually want death (in his example it was the soilders dying in Iraq) so that we can prove our point to the right-wingnuts. In reality I care nothing for these people and thier opinion. However, I am forced to deal with it because we have these people running our country and our media right now. And I speak up because thier beliefs are detrimental to our society. But my reaction has nothing to do with my counter-argument. No, my reaction is more of a disgust of what continually comes out of their mouth.