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Former NYT Editor Bill Keller and his Wife Under Fire For Commentary On Cancer Patient
Washington Post ^ | January 13, 2014 | Paul Farhi

Posted on 01/14/2014 2:59:00 AM PST by lbryce

Lesson No. 1: Publicly questioning the motives and intentions of a woman who is seriously ill with cancer can land you in a heap of controversy.

Writer Emma Gilbey Keller and her husband, former New York Times executive editor Bill Keller, seem to have found this out over the past few days. In a successive pair of columns in different publications, the Kellers opined about the prodigious tweets of a woman named Lisa Bonchek Adams, a Stage IV breast cancer patient in New York — and both reaped a whirlwind of outrage in the process.

For months, Adams, a mother of three, has been writing about her illness in 140-character bursts — tens of thousands of tweets detailing her treatment, condition and thoughts about an illness that has spread throughout her body. Her Twitter feed, followed by more than 10,000 people, is a painful chronicle of her decline, as well as a hopeful journal of optimism in the face of advancing darkness.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: adams; cancer; keller; newyorktimes; slimes
FTA:
In a column in Britain’s the Guardian headlined “Forget funeral selfies. What are the ethics of tweeting a terminal illness?,” Emma Keller questioned Adams’s copious self-disclosure and Keller’s own voyeuristic fascination with it last Wednesday: “Should there be boundaries in this kind of experience?” she wrote. “Is there such a thing as TMI? Are her tweets a grim equivalent of deathbed selfies, one step further than funeral selfies? Why am I so obsessed?”

The reaction was swift — and angry.

Well, one thing for sure. That liberals are a compassionate, caring, concerned specie of human being is every bit the lie as is everything else they say, espouse.

1 posted on 01/14/2014 2:59:00 AM PST by lbryce
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Nothing I have heard about Keller would suggest he is anything but an asshole.


2 posted on 01/14/2014 3:02:27 AM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Gene Eric
Ever notice how the news is becoming more inappropriate every day? Reporters are going over the edge. Take Melissa Harris-Perry denigrating the Romney's for there African-American step grandson. Or for the attack on Palin for having a Christmas Tree.

Remember when the liberals went after Palin for having not aborted her living down syndrome son?

Any wonder why folks don't trust reporters anymore.

3 posted on 01/14/2014 3:12:52 AM PST by sr4402
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To: Gene Eric

A veritable proctologist’s dream, a perfect a-hole.


4 posted on 01/14/2014 3:15:59 AM PST by lbryce (Obama:The Worst is Yet To Come)
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To: lbryce

Attacking the morals and ethics of critics seem to be their only remaining weapon. They attacked Gates’ memoir the same way.

This cancer patient is just the first in a wave that will encompass all of those who have the misfortune to become ill while we have socialized medicine. Already I’m hearing “The problem is they let private profit seeking companies run it when the government should be running it.”

Lord save us. (What, we have to save ourselves?!)


5 posted on 01/14/2014 3:30:19 AM PST by Gen.Blather
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To: lbryce

Bill is just worried that Adams’ tweets will undermine the death panels and the NYT cannot editorially stand for that.


6 posted on 01/14/2014 3:30:40 AM PST by NonValueAdded (It's not the penalty, it's the lack of coverage on 1 Jan. Think about it.)
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To: lbryce

Sure...all of you cancer patients, take this pain pill, drop your laundry, and head for the “showers”.

More dignified and much more efficient, eh Mr. Heller?

The National Socialists began using the “Showers” because it was more humane and less expensive than wasting ammunition shooting the undesirables in the back of the head.


7 posted on 01/14/2014 3:33:21 AM PST by 230FMJ (...from my cold, dead, fingers.)
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To: lbryce

These lefty clowns were wondering how appropriate it’s was for this woman’s story to be on twitter. Why do these clowns read it? Read something else if it bothers you.

I personally don’t DO social networking. I believe it is a sure way to get oneself unwanted attention. Though I assume the author used it as a blog and good for her


8 posted on 01/14/2014 3:40:55 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: All
The awful truth emerges: condoning the elimination of nascent life at its most vulnerable stage---in its mother's womb---goes hand in hand with demeaning and devaluing life at any stage.

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KELLER ON ABORTION: “Self-anointed advocates for the unborn” need to stay out of abortion debate"

EDITED---"The self-anointed advocates for the unborn have no inherent place in the matter. Nature entrusted the life of this new creature to its mother – not to lawyers or legislators – and it is between a woman and her conscience."

Keller of the New York Times rresponded to a letter to the editor asking him to share his rationale for supporting abortion “rights.”

Keller’s rationale comes from personal experience more than anything else. Keller’s experience led him to a place of support for abortion (unlike those of the pro-life Silent No More group).....

.....while Keller acknowledges wholeheartedly that “[n]ature entrusted the life of this new creature to its mother,” he doesn’t make the logical conclusion that the new creature (the pre-born child) has any value. In fact, he goes on to conclude that “it is between a woman and her conscience [whether to abort].”

NARAL President Ilyse Hogue, heartily praised Keller’s piecemeal conclusion that although the unborn are entrusted to their mothers, their mothers alone (and anyone else they invite into the decision) have a say in what happens to these new lives:

The idea that someone other than God (or nature, however you see it) has sole dominion over the life and death of children is not new or rare. In China, the government claims this authority. In ancient Rome, the paterfamilias, or head of the household, had the right to determine whether his newborn children would be welcomed into the family or left in the hills to be ravaged by wild animals or succumb to the elements.

SOURCE http://liveactionnews.org/self-anointed-advocates-for-the-unborn-need-to-stay-out-of-abortion-debate-says-nyt/


9 posted on 01/14/2014 3:52:32 AM PST by Liz
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To: lbryce

From further down in the article.....:::”“There, more routinely than in the United States, patients are offered the option of being unplugged from everything except pain killers and allowed to slip peacefully from life,” he wrote. “His death seemed to me a humane and honorable alternative to the frantic medical trench warfare that often makes an expensive misery of death in America.”.....spoken like a true liberal. except for Keller’s wife who apparently had a double masectomy. I’m sure they would spare no expense for Mrs. Keller’s treatments


10 posted on 01/14/2014 3:54:51 AM PST by GQuagmire
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To: All
GOVT-SPONSORED DEVALUATION OF LIFE---brought to you by Obamacare.

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LATE TERM ABORTION WORSHIPPERS IN THE WH---In February 2004, US Senate candidate Barack Obama's wife, Michelle, sent a fund-raising letter with the "alarming news" that "right-wing politicians" had passed a law stopping doctors from performing p/b abortions (stabbing half-born babies in the neck with scissors, suctioning out their brains and crushing their skulls).

Michelle Obama considers partial-birth abortion "a legitimate medical procedure," and asked supporters for $150 to attend a luncheon for her candidate husband, b/c he would fight against "cynical ploys" to stop p/b sbortions.

(NOTE: nurses at an Illinois hospital in 1999 discovered babies were being aborted alive and placed on shelves in soiled utility rooms to die unattended.)

BACKGROUND Legislation was presented on the federal level and in various states called the Born Alive Infants Protection Act. It stated all live-born babies were guaranteed the same constitutional right to equal protection, whether or not they were wanted.

BAIPA sailed through the U.S. Senate by unanimous vote. Even Sens. Clinton, Kennedy and Kerry agreed a mother's right to "choose" stopped at her baby's delivery. The bill also passed overwhelmingly in the US House.

NARAL went neutral on it. Abortion enthusiasts publicly agreed that fighting BAIPA would appear extreme. President Bush signed BAIPA into law in 2002.

But in Illinois, the state version of BAIPA repeatedly failed, thanks in large part to then-state Sen. Barack Obama. It only passed in 2005, after Obama left. Obama articulately asserted that legislation protecting live aborted babies might infringe on women's rights or abortionists' rights.

In 2003, as chairman of the next state Senate committee to which BAIPA was sent, Obama stopped it from even getting a hearing, shelving it to die much like babies were still being shelved to die in Illinois hospitals and abortion chambers.

(NOTE As chair of that same committee, state Sen Obama once abruptly ended a hearing early, right before the parents of six children killed as a result of Illinois' drivers licenses-for-bribes scandal, were to testify in favor of Choose Life license plate legislation. Obama stalled. He later killed the bill when no one was around.)

11 posted on 01/14/2014 4:00:20 AM PST by Liz
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To: 230FMJ
I feel morally compelled to make the statement that the 'showers' weren't used because they were more humane (compared to what?) or because they'd be saving money.

Shooting was in fact more humane than the ghastly experience of herding two hundred men, women an children naked into a space hardly enough for 150. The lights would then be turned off, the posion gas pellets poured in from a glass enclosure up above so they could watch the victims suffocating under extreme terror and agony. The victims would die, their bodies climbing over each other struggling to get some air that remained. After several minutes the doors were opened, the dead bodies covered with feces were removed and ended up in the crematorium.

The ruse of using the "showers" was not a money saving device but one in which huge groups of people could be kept calm, unsuspecting of any danger about to befall them.

12 posted on 01/14/2014 4:04:26 AM PST by lbryce (Obama:The Worst is Yet To Come)
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To: Gene Eric

arrogant snobs deserve stage 4 terminal cancer & a slow painful death!


13 posted on 01/14/2014 4:05:16 AM PST by wiseone (india,)
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To: lbryce
My first thought: what has that ignorant jerk Keller beclowned himself about now?
14 posted on 01/14/2014 4:07:42 AM PST by Amagi (Lenin: "Socialized Medicine is the Keystone to the Arch of the Socialist State.")
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To: lbryce

My intent was to highlight cruelty of Mr. Heller’s “take a pill and die” recommendation. “Efficient and humane” was intended as sarcasm.


15 posted on 01/14/2014 4:30:39 AM PST by 230FMJ (...from my cold, dead, fingers.)
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To: sr4402

The Romneys. Apostrophes are your friends and shouldn’t (note correct use of apostrophe here) be terribly mystifying. The rules are actually quite simple.


16 posted on 01/14/2014 4:37:13 AM PST by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINEhttp://steshaw.org/economics-in-one-lesson/)
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To: Gen.Blather
The government running it is very bad. Private companies running it through and with the protection of the government is worse.
17 posted on 01/14/2014 4:38:48 AM PST by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINEhttp://steshaw.org/economics-in-one-lesson/)
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To: Liz
The logic of obamacare and its bureaucratic direction of medical treatment must lead to proactively killing off those patients deemed unprofitable to the system- to the government. It won't be visible execution, at least at first, but will consist of administered heart attacks and apoplexies and such. "Well, there was nothing we could do to save him."

Doctors will have instructions to administer "miscarriages" and postnatal abortions that will be explained to the mothers as having been "stillbirths."

18 posted on 01/14/2014 4:46:15 AM PST by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINEhttp://steshaw.org/economics-in-one-lesson/)
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To: Liz

Another thought- The political use of “death panels” is a given. Will they decree “stillbirth” or surreptitiously induced abortions for the foetal progeny of politically incorrect patients?


19 posted on 01/14/2014 4:51:15 AM PST by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINEhttp://steshaw.org/economics-in-one-lesson/)
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To: arthurus

No question.


20 posted on 01/14/2014 4:53:14 AM PST by Liz
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To: arthurus
The biggest ACA whopper has yet to be publicly exposed: the feds tightening their grip over our doctors and our healthcare.

REFERENCE Section 1311(h)(1)(B) gives the Secretary of HHS blanket authority to dictate how doctors treat patients. Not just patients in government programs like Medicare and Medicaid, but patients with private plans they pay for themselves. On Dec. 2, 2013, we learned from the Federal Register that the rules are now being written. Starting in 2015, insurance companies will be barred from doing business with doctors who fail to comply.

REFERENCE--- More than half the cost of O/Care's so-called "senior entitlement" scam is subsidized by actually restricting and rationing senior care---by cutting what hospitals, doctors, hospice care, home care and Advantage plans are paid to care for seniors.

THE CUTS ARE NO ACCIDENT: "Tolerant and compassionate" Obama knows that the most expensive h/care is delivered the last three years of life.......

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CASE IN POINT---Sen Harry Reid, 74, recently said that enrolling in O/Care costs him about $4,500 more than before. But Harry says that's OK b/c the increase is "age-related.”

(Sniffle) "Tolerant and compassionate" Obama knows that the most expensive h/care is delivered the last three years of life...so oldsters HAVE to pay more (sob).

Heck, socking Harry w/ a massive increase could even save money. For sure, decrepit Sen Harry will necessitate expensive medical care for diseases of old age including the ones he's being treated for now--- senility, Alzheimer's, dementia, arthritis, osteoarthritis, heart problems, heart attacks, stroke, kidney failure, prostate enlargement, osteoporosis (brittle bones)....etc.

Course, just in case ol' Harry hangs in there, Obamacare's I-PAB kicks in to ration medical care when stubborn old buzzards like Harry insist on getting more healthcare than his lousy $4500 per month entitles him to.

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Harry's dam lucky he represents Nevada---if he represented Alaska, he'd been on the ice floe w/ the rest of the older, sick Eskimos----floating out into the frigid Arctic Ocean wearing a sealskin coat, bearskin shorts, and a pair of mukluks.

21 posted on 01/14/2014 5:00:12 AM PST by Liz
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To: wiseone

What a horrible attitude to have.


22 posted on 01/14/2014 6:12:59 AM PST by Coldwater Creek (")
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To: Vaquero

I was wondering the same thing. If her tweets offended him so much why didn’t he just quit following her? Immature and arrogant to say the least.


23 posted on 01/14/2014 6:45:31 AM PST by sheana
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To: sr4402

>> Ever notice how the news is becoming more inappropriate every day?

Yup. Too many from the Left drive it.

The MSM is the Country’s greatest threat.


24 posted on 01/14/2014 12:37:34 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: lbryce
Writer Emma Gilbey Keller and her husband, former New York Times executive editor Bill Keller ...

Gin + Gasoline make a potent cocktail.

25 posted on 01/14/2014 12:43:53 PM PST by x
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To: lbryce

I have 2 family members with cancer. They can say and do anything they want. I will not question, because it is not me that is suffering what they suffer.


26 posted on 01/14/2014 12:45:25 PM PST by Marie Antoinette (:)
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To: lbryce; Armen Hareyan; B4Ranch; bayareablues; BykrBayb; cajungirl; cookcounty; dadfly; duckbutt; ...
CANCER WARRIORS PING

This is a ping list for cancer survivors and caregivers to share information. If you would like your name added to or removed from this ping list, please tell us in the comments section at this link (click here). (For the most updated list of names, click on the same link and scroll to the end of the comments.)

27 posted on 01/14/2014 4:28:49 PM PST by Tired of Taxes
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To: lbryce
Here is the patient's website right here. There are many cancer patients like her blogging about their experiences. These kinds of blogs help other patients because they detail how they are surviving.

So, the Kellers need to back off. This woman has three children, the youngest just 7 years old. She is not going to throw in the towel and give up. And, these days, a patient can live with Stage 4 cancer for many years (depending on certain factors).

28 posted on 01/14/2014 4:48:44 PM PST by Tired of Taxes
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To: arthurus

” Apostrophes are your friends and shouldn’t (note correct use of apostrophe here) be terribly mystifying. “

==

What a mean spirited post.

.


29 posted on 01/14/2014 4:53:34 PM PST by Mears
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To: lbryce

The Kellers are vile and callous people.


30 posted on 01/14/2014 4:54:31 PM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Tired of Taxes

Thanks for the ping.

The Kellers are idiots.

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31 posted on 01/14/2014 5:04:24 PM PST by Mears
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To: Mears
Look what I found... Mrs. Keller herself wrote a whole article about her experience with cancer (very early-stage) with lots of details two years ago. Here it is.
32 posted on 01/14/2014 5:13:51 PM PST by Tired of Taxes
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To: Mears

As you like it.


33 posted on 01/14/2014 5:27:53 PM PST by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINEhttp://steshaw.org/economics-in-one-lesson/)
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To: Tired of Taxes

That is hysterical. Good for you.


Pot.
Kettle.

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34 posted on 01/14/2014 5:29:59 PM PST by Mears
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To: Liz

I love your poster picture of the baby. Will we ever make a serious effort to save the babies from abortion?


35 posted on 01/14/2014 5:37:08 PM PST by B4Ranch (Name your illness, do a Google & YouTube search with "hydrogen peroxide". Do it and be surprised.)
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To: 230FMJ

I wrote the comment not to admonish or castigate you in any way. I totally understand the point you were trying to make and the manner in which you made it. As far as I am concerned the use of your analogy did not violate anything that exceeded the boundaries of decency or good taste.

I wrote my comment simply out of a sense of moral compunction, strangely, and this has never happened to me before, as if disengaged from the post itself.


36 posted on 01/14/2014 6:16:32 PM PST by lbryce (Obama:The Worst is Yet To Come)
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To: lbryce

While I disagree and disdain their views on this, I cannot begrudge people the right to discuss. It’s good to be open rather than shut down in potentially important issues. When the shoe is on the other foot, we say the same sort of things. We disparage people who love Obamacare, or claim they will benefit from it.


37 posted on 01/14/2014 7:30:41 PM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: Tired of Taxes

Shows me a lot what the media types think of cancer patients. Wonder what they thought of Tony Snow getting a lot of story time during his fight with cancer. I am sure the couple sent him notes of encouragement. Instead how dare this “commoner” have more tweet followers than the Kellers had. /s


38 posted on 01/14/2014 7:31:58 PM PST by redleghunter
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To: redleghunter

They really crossed the line. The woman has stage 4 cancer. They shouldn’t have used her story to make a point. But maybe the woman herself will get more hits on her blog now that they’ve drawn even more attention to it. :-0


39 posted on 01/14/2014 10:31:44 PM PST by Tired of Taxes
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