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HAS ANYONE WONDERED WHY THE MSM HAS ALL-TERRI ALL THE TIME? (VANITY)
Self ^ | MMarch 25, 2005 | Edward Watson

Posted on 03/25/2005 6:23:30 AM PST by Edward Watson

All of us conservatives know the mainstream media is anti-conservative, anti-Republican and anti-Bush. They ridicule and oppose the pro-life movement. They make fun of Catholicism and Evangelicalism (and Mormonism and any Christian conservative denomination).

Why then are they giving the Terri Schiavo situation this extensive coverage? One cannot watch the news on any TV channel or read any newspaper without the Terri Schiavo case as one of the leading stories.

We've learned several things over the past few weeks:

1. President Bush's approval ratings have PLUMMETED since he got involved.

2. Anywhere from 2/3 to 4/5th of those surveyed believe the GOP-led congress and President Bush SHOULDN'T have poked their collective noses into the case.

3. Many of those who want Terri's feeding tube reinserted have vowed to punish the Republicans for not doing enough.

What these mean is there's a direct negative causal effect against President Bush and the Republicans.

This is why the MSM is covering the Terri Schiavo case - they know it's a 'lose-lose' situation for President Bush and the GOP. The longer they play it; the more damage is done to the Republicans.

The leftists and liberal Democrats couldn't be happier. This single case has turned their fortunes around and instead of losing more congressional seats in 2006; they now stand to gain a significant amount - perhaps even retake control over congress.

Why? Because the GOP will lose support from moderates and independents for their 'interference' and will also lose support from those who will want to punish them for not doing enough to keep Terri alive.

So, way to go Republicans! You've now given the Democrats control over the US just because you let your emotions be manipulated without thinking of the consequences.


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1 posted on 03/25/2005 6:23:30 AM PST by Edward Watson
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To: Edward Watson

This is the dumbest thing I've read on here yet. First off, Pres. Bush can't be re-elected, so who cares what his poll numbers are? And if anyone polled had really followed this story and understood it, and now think less of Bush, then their dems anyway.


2 posted on 03/25/2005 6:26:50 AM PST by mlc9852
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To: mlc9852

right on.


3 posted on 03/25/2005 6:27:28 AM PST by Recovering_Democrat (I'm so glad to no longer be associated with the Party of Dependence on Government!)
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To: Edward Watson

President Bush's approval ratings have PLUMMETED since he got involved.


If he hadn't, his rating in his base would of plummeted.. And rightly so.


4 posted on 03/25/2005 6:27:31 AM PST by Valin (DARE to be average!)
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To: Edward Watson

Oh no! We're all doomed!!!


5 posted on 03/25/2005 6:29:01 AM PST by PilloryHillary (Can vegetarians eat animal crackers?)
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To: Edward Watson

Well, it IS a very compelling drama . . .


6 posted on 03/25/2005 6:29:10 AM PST by AMDG&BVMH
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To: Valin
If he hadn't, his rating in his base would of plummeted.. And rightly so.

That's not true. Most Republicans, in three different polls, opposed Bush's and Congressional involvement in this matter.

7 posted on 03/25/2005 6:30:38 AM PST by sinkspur ("Preach the gospel. If necessary, use words.")
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To: Edward Watson

Not news. Opinion. Why not post this in one of the existing threads on the topic?


8 posted on 03/25/2005 6:31:32 AM PST by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: mlc9852

Of course I know he can't be re-elected. However, President Bush is the face of the Republican Party. If he is viewed negatively; it affects the entire party.

Claiming those polled who disagree with what President Bush and the GOP led-congress are just "dems" will give you a democratic body of anywhere from 66-80% of the total population. Are you sure that high of a percentage of the US population are actually "dems"?

Who exactly isn't thinking clearly here?


9 posted on 03/25/2005 6:31:59 AM PST by Edward Watson
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To: Edward Watson

I wonder about the MSM all the time. I wonder how anyone can listen to the BS they put out and consider it the gospel truth.


10 posted on 03/25/2005 6:32:59 AM PST by Piquaboy (22 year veteran of the Army, Air Force and Navy, Pray for all our military .)
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To: Edward Watson

Norm? Is that really you? You old lovable Patriot!
Trying a new tack?

Awww! Normie! Cut it out you old commie!


11 posted on 03/25/2005 6:33:15 AM PST by CBart95
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To: Edward Watson

I don't know if I agree with all of your conclusions, but I will agree that I was stunned that Schiavo trumped a school shooting. I was away from all sources of news when the shooting happened for most of the day (Monday I think it was), but I'd been home late Monday with the news on for a couple of hours (all Terri Schiavo coverage) before I heard about the school shooting. When has there ever been a school shooting with so many dead and so little national TV coverage during the week?


12 posted on 03/25/2005 6:33:18 AM PST by SittinYonder (Tancredo and I wanna know what you believe)
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To: SittinYonder

Sorry, did I say "stunned"? I meant "stuned."


13 posted on 03/25/2005 6:34:58 AM PST by SittinYonder (Tancredo and I wanna know what you believe)
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To: Edward Watson
I work in the stockmarket. I KNOW the MSM are corporations trying to get ratings.

I don't see an agenda ... even Fox covers the story 24/7.

14 posted on 03/25/2005 6:35:00 AM PST by BunnySlippers (When it comes to humility, I'm the greatest! - Bullwinkle J. Moose)
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To: Edward Watson

If your premise is true, then why is Rush Limbaugh pushing this story to the degree he is? I think Terri's passing will leave a very bitter taste in the mouths of evangelicals, but I don't think the Bushes will be blamed. They have done what they could given the parameters of the law. No human's life is worth the price of imposing marshal law. Millions have been killed in wars in order to protect us from that very thing.


15 posted on 03/25/2005 6:37:16 AM PST by massadvj
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To: Edward Watson

When you base conclusions on biased and flawed MSM polls, which are push polls plain and simple, then you reach flawed conclusions.

Garbage in garbage out, this is a tragedy but the only person suffering irreversible harm is Mrs Schiavo.

President Bush is a man of conscience and morals, he's reacted to this the only way he ever would. He stated and acted "to err on the side of life".


16 posted on 03/25/2005 6:37:19 AM PST by federal
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To: sinkspur

Link?
If true (no reason to doubt you), this is highly dissapointing.


17 posted on 03/25/2005 6:38:09 AM PST by Valin (DARE to be average!)
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To: BunnySlippers

BTW, I don't blame the MSM for pursuing the ratings. As an investor I want to see a profit. This IS capitalism, no?


18 posted on 03/25/2005 6:38:22 AM PST by BunnySlippers (When it comes to humility, I'm the greatest! - Bullwinkle J. Moose)
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To: Edward Watson

If you want your elected officials to govern according to polls, fine. I don't. I would prefer people of principle who believe life is sacred and don't believe in starving innocent people to death. Again, I believe many of those polled (though I don't know how questions were phrased) probably haven't followed the case closely or researched the nuances of it, especially all the rulings from Judge Greer. If "Republicans" don't value life, then there isn't much hope for this country.


19 posted on 03/25/2005 6:38:32 AM PST by mlc9852
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To: AMDG&BVMH
All the polls are bogus anyway!Even the Fox news poll.Fox News opinion dynamics poll over several years has been very unfriendly towards the president,just look at the polling the weekend prior to the last election for a example.Fox news has had the wool pulled over its eyes by this liberal polling company.All the major polls are done by liberals.Gallup used to be the standard.George Gallup was a Christian man and no longer owns it.The Gallup poll is still one of the best polls around unless you are approaching a election.If its crunch time, as it is right now ,then Gallup crunches the #`s in favor of the dems.
20 posted on 03/25/2005 6:39:19 AM PST by presidentsfriend
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To: mlc9852
This is the dumbest thing I've read on here yet.

I'll second that.

21 posted on 03/25/2005 6:39:34 AM PST by randog (What the....?!)
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To: SittinYonder

My guess is because it happened on an Indian reservation.


22 posted on 03/25/2005 6:39:59 AM PST by mlc9852
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To: mlc9852

I told my wife it was almost like the MSM said collectively "What would you expect from Injuns?"


23 posted on 03/25/2005 6:40:53 AM PST by SittinYonder (Tancredo and I wanna know what you believe)
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To: Edward Watson
Strange that the majority of posters on the Schiavo threads are starting to sound alike.

If I read another post with

"I'm never going to vote Republican again"

"I'm never going to give a cent to the Republican party"

"Jeb Bush will rot in Hell for doing nothing"

and my always favorite

"IT'S GEORGE BUSH'S FAULT"

Something tells me we have been infiltrated bigtime. I would like to think this anyway. I think I will leave this site for a few days and maybe they will be gone.
24 posted on 03/25/2005 6:41:21 AM PST by Republican Red (DU: ''Reality sucks. That's the problem. We want another reality.'')
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To: sinkspur; Edward Watson
Most Republicans, in three different polls, opposed Bush's and Congressional involvement in this matter.

Word up...The GOP is playing this wrong. They need to read the tea leaves.

25 posted on 03/25/2005 6:42:10 AM PST by Drango (All my ideas, good or bad, are stolen from other FReepers)
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To: Edward Watson
The media is just doing it's job.

It takes 24/7 spin to shape this story to help the DNC!

26 posted on 03/25/2005 6:42:24 AM PST by mrsmith
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To: Edward Watson
Claiming those polled who disagree with what President Bush and the GOP led-congress are just "dems" will give you a democratic body of anywhere from 66-80% of the total population. Are you sure that high of a percentage of the US population are actually "dems"?

Probably higher. About 85% of the U.S. populace are socialists.

27 posted on 03/25/2005 6:43:01 AM PST by Sloth (I don't post a lot of the threads you read; I make a lot of the threads you read better.)
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To: Edward Watson

That time of month?


28 posted on 03/25/2005 6:43:34 AM PST by FreedomSurge
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To: mlc9852

Bingo!


29 posted on 03/25/2005 6:43:37 AM PST by BunnySlippers (When it comes to humility, I'm the greatest! - Bullwinkle J. Moose)
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To: Edward Watson

Bush could care less what his poll numbers are. He has always put his beliefs first.

That being said, the 24/7 media circus is disgusting, horrible, and a self-perpetuating ratings monster. Frankly I wish the families had NOT gone to the media.


30 posted on 03/25/2005 6:43:50 AM PST by finnman69 (cum puella incedit minore medio corpore sub quo manifestus globus, inflammare animos)
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To: Republican Red

What good is a government that starves a disabled woman to death? What good is a party that lets it?


31 posted on 03/25/2005 6:44:04 AM PST by Sloth (I don't post a lot of the threads you read; I make a lot of the threads you read better.)
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To: Edward Watson
Reminder to self:

Don't click on vanity threads.

32 posted on 03/25/2005 6:44:54 AM PST by CharacterCounts
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To: Edward Watson
Sometimes our faith calls us to do the right thing, despite what might be politically correct, or expedient.

It seems to me another person of faith, who also had a government rule against him, was sentenced to death 2000 years ago on this very day.

Ironic, isn't it?

Blessings to you and yours.

33 posted on 03/25/2005 6:46:39 AM PST by Northern Yankee (Freedom Needs a soldier)
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To: Edward Watson

If we only had a president who was driven by high poll numbers and focus groups.

"Should I help save a woman's life or buy a dog named Buddy?"


34 posted on 03/25/2005 6:47:41 AM PST by KidGlock (Get in the pit and try to love some one)
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To: finnman69
Frankly I wish the families had NOT gone to the media.

You are absolutely correct. Someone in this case went to the press ... probably early on. These right-to-die cases are normal everyday occurances. But this one has blown up beyond all measure.

35 posted on 03/25/2005 6:47:52 AM PST by BunnySlippers (When it comes to humility, I'm the greatest! - Bullwinkle J. Moose)
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To: Republican Red

Well, some of the folks saying those things about Jeb and George W. have been on Free Republic for a long time. They're not all newbies or trolls.

My point is that there are lots of people here who are fair-weather supporters of conservatism. They're for it when it agrees with their list of important things, but turn their backs whenever something doesn't go exactly as they'd like it to.

This Terri Schiavo thing has brought that to the forefront. Despite both Bush brothers' hard work to save Terri, the fact that they won't do illegal things to save her means, to these people, that they aren't deserving of support.

That's the problem with one or two issue people. They blow with the wind and support whomever gives them what they want.

It's pretty sad.


36 posted on 03/25/2005 6:48:29 AM PST by MineralMan (godless atheist)
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To: Edward Watson
Why then are they giving the Terri Schiavo situation this extensive coverage?

This notoriety is part of George Felos' plan.

He says Terri will have a peaceful death, but people know that death by starvation is gruesome. They will clamor for "physician assisted suicide" death by injection, which is what Felos' helpers, the ACLU, have wanted all along.

ACLU Honors [former chief justice of the Florida State Supreme Court] Kogan With Poynter Award

Yesterday Felos publicly thanked the ACLU for their help in killing Terri. I think Felos is trying to spread the guilt around a little.

37 posted on 03/25/2005 6:49:43 AM PST by syriacus (Cranford says "Terri has no constitutional rights." Then why has she got a "right" to be starved?)
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To: Edward Watson

I disagree. The only ones who politicized this were those on the left. The right simply tried to remind us that there is a higher power than the judiciary - a power that is recognized by the United States Constitution. It was a noble attempt, one doomed from the beginning, but still noble. I don't think this will have longterm adverse effects at all. Whereas the law must be followed, those who make laws and those who administer judgements are not infallible. This event simply pointed out what we already know - that there is a great divide in this country caused by those on the left who have made it their life's work to secularize our society and that they are unhappy with the growing backlash against them.


38 posted on 03/25/2005 6:49:49 AM PST by sageb1
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To: Edward Watson

Could it have something to do with the 2 terrorist groups who claimed responsibility for the Texas refinery explosion? There was a lonely thread about it here at FR.


39 posted on 03/25/2005 6:50:38 AM PST by hispanarepublicana (I was Lucy Ramirez when being Lucy Ramirez was't cool.)
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To: mlc9852

Right! Judge Greer is a Republican, should he be re-elected just because he has an R after his name? I think not!


40 posted on 03/25/2005 6:50:48 AM PST by Vor Lady
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To: Edward Watson

the msm is all teri al the time because it wants the public to stop realizing the transformation taking place.

Bush's rising orange tide of freedom is going to set more people free than reagan.


41 posted on 03/25/2005 6:51:32 AM PST by spanalot (Bring it On)
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To: Edward Watson

Just another worthless vanity. Good work.


42 posted on 03/25/2005 6:52:47 AM PST by bmwcyle (Washington DC RINO Hunting Guide)
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To: Edward Watson
This issue has divided the Republican base to some degree between the policy conservatives (government should stay out of things) and the social conservatives (government should do whatever it takes to save a life).

The MSM loves this conflict as this type of "crack" in the Republican base might lead to the Dems regaining power. I think that is why they are playing this up so much and doing what ever they can to amplify this "conflict", which is actually not the fracture they hope it is.
43 posted on 03/25/2005 6:53:06 AM PST by joonbug
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To: Edward Watson

I feel like Rip Van Winkle! Have I been asleep this long? Is it really October 2006?

Oh... It's still March 2005?

Get real. This is a big issue now, and it will have some short-term consequences, but I hardly think it's going to have the political impact you describe a year and a half from now.

(I'm not addressing the real, personal and moral issues here. Just the political angle.)


45 posted on 03/25/2005 6:54:57 AM PST by rightcoast
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Anywhere from 2/3 to 4/5th of those surveyed believe the GOP-led congress and President Bush SHOULDN'T have poked their collective noses into the case.

Oh my,the msm have a poll that reflects negatively on President Bush and Republicans.I just can`t believe that,its incomprehensible that they would try to put Republicans in an unflattering light.

Who gives a s##t what their polls say.They kept telling us that Clinton had done no wrong either.

46 posted on 03/25/2005 6:56:15 AM PST by carlr
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To: Edward Watson

Considering that Free Republic was "All Terri, all the time" well before the MSM went that way I don't think we can point fingers at MSM bias for not protecting us from outselves. Its another example of the internet/blog culture shaping the MSM news.


47 posted on 03/25/2005 6:57:23 AM PST by Jibaholic (The facts of life are conservative - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: KidGlock

"Should I help save a woman's life or buy a dog named Buddy?"

LOL! Thanks. I needed that. Anything that reminds me that the Klintoons could still be in power always sobers me up to the issues at hand, and reminds me to be grateful, no matter what is going on in our country on any given day. :)


48 posted on 03/25/2005 6:58:09 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: Edward Watson

"Catholicism and Evangelicalism (and Mormonism and any Christian conservative denomination"

A good many of the Evangelicals I've known (I used to go to an Evangelical church) would say that Catholics and Mormons aren't really Christians. Can you feel the love?


49 posted on 03/25/2005 6:58:14 AM PST by RepublicMan4U
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To: Edward Watson

The fact that you cite bogus statistics from MSM push-polling tells me all I need to know about your agenda.


50 posted on 03/25/2005 7:00:46 AM PST by Antoninus (In hoc signo, vinces )
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