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Date Posted: 00:18:29 04/02/05 Sat
Author: Jean
Subject: Not all veurologists beleaved Terri was brain dead!

I did not write this!
Joe Scarborough did!

On the following website is the location of where I got the article...That I cut and pasted.
Sorry Bee I still havent figured out how to do it yet(link it,...but I think most thinking people will know I havent tried to claim this as my writing...I did NOT write this article Joe Scarborough did)!

Havent had that much time lately to figure out anything.


There are lots of other articles on this same web page.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6845031/#050331b

I hope for their sake that Terri was brain dead. I hope they didnt kill someone who wanted to live.

Jean

April 1, 2005 | 10:40 a.m. ET

Status quo morally bankrupt (Joe Scarborough)

I learned to play baseball in the suburbs of Atlanta, with my big brother teaching me the rules of the game.

"Tie goes to the runner, Joey!" he would shout every time his baby brother came close to tagging him out at first base.

"Why?" I would ask.

"Just cause. That's the rules."

Fair enough.

I never really figured out why the runner got the benefit of the doubt, but in time I grew to accept it. You learn to mindlessly accept many things in this life that really don't make a lot of sense.

That's just the way it is.

This week, millions of Americans mindlessly accepted the verdict of newspapers and magazines that confidently concluded that Terri Schiavo was brain dead.

If I heard it once from media elites, I heard it a thousand times.

She is brain dead! All medical evidence proves it!

Doctors, lawyers, columnists, and comics came on Scarborough Country to state with absolute certainty that there was not a shred of medical evidence to suggest that Terri Schiavo was anything but a brain dead vegetable.

The arrogant belief that no rational person could conclude otherwise was quickly absorbed into the collective consciousness of the chattering classes.

When I dared to suggest that Terri Schiavo may have been more aware than a stick of celery, my Manhattan friends were aghast.

In the words of a shouting Christopher Hitchens, "She is brain dead, sir! D-E-A-D!"

But while the elites were listening to the ringing of their collective voices in the media echo chamber, someone forgot to whisper these facts into their ears:

(1) Judge Greer appointed five neurologists to examine Terri Schiavo. Three concluded she was in a persistent vegetative state. Two disagreed and said she could improve with therapy.

(2) A sixth neurologist recently reported that he also believed Terri was not in a persistent vegetative state.

(3) a radiologist testified under oath that scans of Terri's brain showed improvement from 1996 to 2002.

There are several ways to interpret these medical findings. But no one could reasonably conclude, as so many talking heads did this week, that all medical testimony pointed to the conclusion Terri was brain dead.

And yet that sick mantra was repeated time and again on news programs like mine.

The facts of this case were murky. And in a situation where a helpless woman's life was on the line, the tie should have gone to Terri Shiavo.

But that was not Judge Greer's brand of justice.

Now Terri's family is planning her funeral.

Unlike those summer days when I was chasing after my big brother with a baseball clutched in my hand, I no longer blindly accept things as they are.

Maybe that's because for those of us who believe the United States government should always err on the side of life, accepting the status quo in this case is nothing short of morally bankrupt.

What do you think? E-mail: JScarborough@msnbc.com

If you want to read more from Joe Scarborough, check out 'Rome Wasn't Burnt In a Day'. See Joe each weeknight on MSNBC TV 10 p.m. ET.

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