Skip to comments.HAS ANYONE WONDERED WHY THE MSM HAS ALL-TERRI ALL THE TIME? (VANITY)
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.
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.
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.
Oh no! We're all doomed!!!
Well, it IS a very compelling drama . . .
That's not true. Most Republicans, in three different polls, opposed Bush's and Congressional involvement in this matter.
Not news. Opinion. Why not post this in one of the existing threads on the topic?
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?
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.
Norm? Is that really you? You old lovable Patriot!
Trying a new tack?
Awww! Normie! Cut it out you old commie!
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?
Sorry, did I say "stunned"? I meant "stuned."
I don't see an agenda ... even Fox covers the story 24/7.
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.
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".
If true (no reason to doubt you), this is highly dissapointing.
BTW, I don't blame the MSM for pursuing the ratings. As an investor I want to see a profit. This IS capitalism, no?
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.
I'll second that.
My guess is because it happened on an Indian reservation.
I told my wife it was almost like the MSM said collectively "What would you expect from Injuns?"
Word up...The GOP is playing this wrong. They need to read the tea leaves.
It takes 24/7 spin to shape this story to help the DNC!
Probably higher. About 85% of the U.S. populace are socialists.
That time of month?
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.
What good is a government that starves a disabled woman to death? What good is a party that lets it?
Don't click on vanity threads.
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.
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?"
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.
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.
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.
Yesterday Felos publicly thanked the ACLU for their help in killing Terri. I think Felos is trying to spread the guilt around a little.
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.
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.
Right! Judge Greer is a Republican, should he be re-elected just because he has an R after his name? I think not!
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.
Just another worthless vanity. Good work.
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.)
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.
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.
"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. :)
"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?
The fact that you cite bogus statistics from MSM push-polling tells me all I need to know about your agenda.
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