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My Interview With Michael J. Fox
CBS ^ | 10/26/2006 | Katie Couric

Posted on 10/26/2006 3:24:32 PM PDT by dave k

I’ve interviewed Michael J. Fox several times before – but never quite like this.

After all the controversy and publicity and debate about his political ad, and the criticism he got from people like Rush Limbaugh, he really is in the eye of a political storm right now. But when he came to our studio for our exclusive interview, he was remarkably calm. He was also obviously symptomatic. He trembled uncontrollably, and his legs shook, but he explained it was actually a side effect of not taking enough medication. He told me he reduced his dosage because he didn’t want to have dyskinesia, which is the side effect of too much medication, and which causes the swaying back and forth that was so evident in the controversial ad for Missouri Democratic Senate candidate Claire McCaskill. Fox said that he can never tell from one day to the next how serious his symptoms will be. It’s a crapshoot.

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I have not had the (dis)pleasure of seeing the interview yet...I can just imagine this being a sap fest - 2 pawns for the DNC talking about how evil conservatives are for being critical of Fox's exploitation ad.

I'll be getting some Pepto-bismol on the way home to try and keep my stomach calm.

1 posted on 10/26/2006 3:24:33 PM PDT by dave k
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So did he NOT TAKE ENOUGH of his meds to make himself appear worse than what he really is all in the name of stem cell research?


2 posted on 10/26/2006 3:27:01 PM PDT by hsmomx3 (Steelers in '07--Go BIG BEN!!!)
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To: dave k

3 posted on 10/26/2006 3:27:10 PM PDT by Ouderkirk (Don't you think it's interesting how death and destruction seems to happen wherever Muslims gather?)
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To: dave k
And coming in at 7th on the overnight ratings means that the only DUmmies watching you, Katie, are the ones that forgot to put on their tin-foil hats in time to listen to Bev Harris.

STFUB

4 posted on 10/26/2006 3:28:08 PM PDT by IllumiNaughtyByNature (If a pug barks and no one is around to hear it... they hold a grudge for a long time!)
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To: hsmomx3

I think he's flip-flopping (his story) more that John Kerry...


5 posted on 10/26/2006 3:28:35 PM PDT by dave k (Unplug the spin machine...)
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To: dave k

Yes having Parkinson's disease is bad. But using it to promote a political agenda on an unproven science that kills babies is despicable.


6 posted on 10/26/2006 3:28:39 PM PDT by rocksblues (Do onto others as they do unto you!)
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To: dave k
Dont give Couric ratings.

Wait for the interview on YouTube.
7 posted on 10/26/2006 3:28:57 PM PDT by Pukin Dog (Being a Liberal is just a coping mechanism for low self esteem and/or bad parenting.)
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To: dave k

One of the chapters of Ann Coulter's book "Godless" was about the Dem's tactics of putting a "victim" up as the spokesman for some cause... ala Cindy Sheehan, The Jersey Girls, Max Cleland, etc... and if anyone disagrees with this spokesman's comments, then they are pilloried for being "insensitive" and for "attacking" the victim.

We can now add Michael J. Fox to the list.


8 posted on 10/26/2006 3:29:22 PM PDT by So Cal Rocket
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To: Pukin Dog

Good advice; thanks.


9 posted on 10/26/2006 3:29:58 PM PDT by dave k (Unplug the spin machine...)
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To: dave k

Hey,Katie....I think it's time for ya to buy a vowel.


10 posted on 10/26/2006 3:29:59 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative ("An empty limousine pulled up and Hillary Clinton got out")
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To: rocksblues

I absolutely hate to say this but he is an actor and "acting" is what he does for a living.

Please don't flame me but I view his actions as suspicious in light of the fact that he did not take enough meds and the fact that he is an actor and promoting stem cell research.


11 posted on 10/26/2006 3:30:28 PM PDT by hsmomx3 (Steelers in '07--Go BIG BEN!!!)
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To: rocksblues

Michael has inherited the role from Christopher "Superman" Reeve.


12 posted on 10/26/2006 3:30:51 PM PDT by Yo-Yo (USAF, TAC, 12th AF, 366 TFW, 366 MG, 366 CRS, Mtn Home AFB, 1978-81)
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To: dave k
"he’s a big backer of Arlen Specter, among others"

This must have been Perky's feeble attempt at humor, trying to show MJF was "bi-partisan"....HA!

Backing Arlen Sphincter is the icing on the cake!

13 posted on 10/26/2006 3:31:41 PM PDT by traditional1
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To: hsmomx3
"So did he NOT TAKE ENOUGH of his meds to make himself appear worse than what he really is all in the name of stem cell research?"

Yes, this is today's story. You could see it develop, right here on FR, yesterday morning.

This is immaterial. This real issue is that what MJF states in the ad is a complete and TOTAL LIE.

In the ad he states that Jim Talent wants to criminalize stem cell research.

14 posted on 10/26/2006 3:33:09 PM PDT by A Citizen Reporter (Go Cards! Go Cards! Go Cards! Beat the TAR out of Detroit.)
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To: dave k

Liberals are giving false hope to the sick and dying in this country and it is high time that it be stopped. Liberals have no morales and would sell their soul as long as they could be God on earth.


15 posted on 10/26/2006 3:33:20 PM PDT by tomnbeverly (Terrorists cut our heads off and get medals. We put hoods on theirs and get sent to prison. hmmm)
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To: dave k

Wow, the last few threads have been about Fat Nat Maines on Oprah, Sheehan in Fresno, and now MJF. Is it VICTIM NIGHT or something? How long are the libs going to play the victim card? Oh, never mind...


16 posted on 10/26/2006 3:33:40 PM PDT by LibSnubber (Liberal democrats are domestic terrorists)
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To: dave k

"He told me he reduced his dosage because he didn’t want to have dyskinesia, which is the side effect of too much medication"

Staving off, no doubt, the questions that were raised by "people like Rush Limbaugh" that he manipulates his medication so as to appear appropriately "pitiful."


17 posted on 10/26/2006 3:33:52 PM PDT by Right Cal Gal
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To: hsmomx3
The Dnc aka Howard Dean thought that we the people would just let this act pass as Mr Fox is the victim of a horrible disease.

He and they were wrong. He is advocating murder to cure his disease.

18 posted on 10/26/2006 3:35:01 PM PDT by rocksblues (Do onto others as they do unto you!)
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To: rocksblues
But using it to promote a political agenda on an unproven science that kills babies is despicable.

MJF is just a Vader-wannabe. After all, he had a "good" reason to kill the Jedi younglings, too.

19 posted on 10/26/2006 3:36:35 PM PDT by Tamar1973 (We can't be brilliant all the time but the path to conservative brilliance starts at Free Republic!)
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To: rocksblues

They are pathetic. I will bet that people will lose respect for MJF.


20 posted on 10/26/2006 3:36:43 PM PDT by hsmomx3 (Steelers in '07--Go BIG BEN!!!)
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To: dave k

Gosh, the PR photo of Couric and Fox on the CBS website just makes to wanna hurl. How could she possibly challenge the guy who she's posing for publicity photos with him???


21 posted on 10/26/2006 3:37:25 PM PDT by bpjam (Hezbollah, Hamas, Al Qaida - The Religion of Peace)
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To: hsmomx3

So did he NOT TAKE ENOUGH of his meds to make himself appear worse than what he really is all in the name of stem cell research?




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No he claims that he took too much. Both too little and too much produce a similar lack of muscle control.


22 posted on 10/26/2006 3:38:08 PM PDT by photodawg
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To: hsmomx3
I absolutely hate to say this but he is an actor and "acting" is what he does for a living.

Please don't flame me but I view his actions as suspicious in light of the fact that he did not take enough meds and the fact that he is an actor and promoting stem cell research.

I can't say one way or the other, but what I CAN assert, unequivocally, is that the ad WAS TAPED and NOT live. Thus, if Fox was having an attack or a reaction from not enough/too much medication, he/they could have easily postponed taping until such time as he had resumed control.

CASE CLOSED!!!!!

23 posted on 10/26/2006 3:39:37 PM PDT by seasoned traditionalist ("INFIDEL AND PROUD OF IT.")
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To: photodawg

Okay, I am speechless.


24 posted on 10/26/2006 3:39:43 PM PDT by hsmomx3 (Steelers in '07--Go BIG BEN!!!)
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To: hsmomx3
So did he NOT TAKE ENOUGH of his meds to make himself appear worse than what he really is all in the name of stem cell research?

Excuse me. You are as ill as you are...meds make it better. He didn't appear worse, he appeared the way his disease make him appear. I just can't believe the viciousness of FR about Fox. He is a very sick man, and to minimize that is so completely beneath us. Why shouldn't he show people what Parkinson's looks like.

Let me ask you something personally. Do you get upset when people stand in front of abortion clinics showing people what abortions look like?

25 posted on 10/26/2006 3:40:09 PM PDT by Hildy
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To: dave k
What's NOT being discussed here -- and what the MSM is keeping secret -- is Fox is not just supporting federal funding for Embryonic Stem Cell research, they are talking about an AMENDMENT to the Missouri constitution that would allow CLONING...

The CREATION of a life just to create stem cells.
26 posted on 10/26/2006 3:40:15 PM PDT by Jackson Brown
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To: dave k

27 posted on 10/26/2006 3:40:39 PM PDT by maggief
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To: seasoned traditionalist

I would have to say this was planned.


28 posted on 10/26/2006 3:40:39 PM PDT by hsmomx3 (Steelers in '07--Go BIG BEN!!!)
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To: rocksblues

Even more despicable is using another person with a medical condition to win a political election.


29 posted on 10/26/2006 3:43:21 PM PDT by tioga
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To: Hildy

This is not about his disease. It is about how he comes across to the general public.

He wants so badly this stem cell research and in order to achieve it, he wants babies murdered in order to research.

Personally, how many people do you know that get up in front of a camera and flaunt a disease so badly and ask that babies be killed?

I don't and never would.


30 posted on 10/26/2006 3:43:41 PM PDT by hsmomx3 (Steelers in '07--Go BIG BEN!!!)
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To: hsmomx3

What Rush said was true. MJF was acting AND he was off of his medication -- by his own admission.

Rush was right on target - AGAIN.


31 posted on 10/26/2006 3:43:54 PM PDT by i_dont_chat (I have the right to offend. You can take offense or not.)
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To: dave k

The more that they want to enrage the Republican base, the better. I mean, I was wondering why CBS or some other outlet hadn't had a MJF puff piece, i.e. "see how this poor man has been victimized by the Republicans, why, you can't dare criticize him, he is a (human shield)."


32 posted on 10/26/2006 3:44:01 PM PDT by FlipWilson
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To: hsmomx3

I hate to sound like a broken record, but he is promoting embryonic stem cell research.....everyone is in favor of stem cell research, it is adult stem cells that are ok and do not harm the unborn.


33 posted on 10/26/2006 3:45:26 PM PDT by tioga
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To: FlipWilson

CBS's ratings are in the tank and they think the rest of their viewers are dimwits.


34 posted on 10/26/2006 3:45:37 PM PDT by hsmomx3 (Steelers in '07--Go BIG BEN!!!)
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To: dave k

I'm watching...how can you not be heartbroken.


35 posted on 10/26/2006 3:46:12 PM PDT by chalkfarmer
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To: tioga

How would we ever know if they were adult cells or those from an infant?


36 posted on 10/26/2006 3:46:26 PM PDT by hsmomx3 (Steelers in '07--Go BIG BEN!!!)
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To: Hildy
Why shouldn't he show people what Parkinson's looks like.

Because the implication is that without embryonic stem cell research, he looks like that all the time, when in reality he is much closer to "normal" when he takes his meds. The problem we have is not with the symptoms of Parkinsons, its the deception MJF uses both in his appearance and his words in order to push an agenda.

There is no deception in abortion pictures. What you see is what you get, and no amount of medication makes murdered babies look/feel better or worse.

37 posted on 10/26/2006 3:46:39 PM PDT by The Blitherer (You were given the choice between war & dishonor. You chose dishonor & you will have war. -Churchill)
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To: tioga

I'll go one up and state that the MSM media that is promoting this despicable attempt to win an election should be ________ fill in the blank!


38 posted on 10/26/2006 3:49:27 PM PDT by rocksblues (Do onto others as they do unto you!)
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To: The Blitherer

Just because he takes medication, does not mean he's not seriously ill or won't die sooner because of it. There's NOTHING wrong with what he did. The meds he takes to appear more normal, have other side effects that are horrible. I just don't see why it's unfair for him to do this. It's reality...and our side would do it to if it it suited our needs. Just disagree with him, don't attack his illness. THAT is real.


39 posted on 10/26/2006 3:50:12 PM PDT by Hildy
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To: hsmomx3

--embryonic stem cells cause tumors in animals when they attempt to use them and presumably will in humans. NO one is using them in humans. We can all donate adult stem cells for research. My friend provided her own for her bone marrow transplant, it is quite common.


40 posted on 10/26/2006 3:50:17 PM PDT by tioga
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To: photodawg

High recent dose is walking through mud. Low late dose is uncontrollable dancing. According to my mom that's about to die with (not of) Parkinson's.


41 posted on 10/26/2006 3:52:13 PM PDT by dhuffman@awod.com (The conspiracy of ignorance masquerades as common sense.)
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To: dave k

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What's wrong sweetie, ratings down?


42 posted on 10/26/2006 3:53:04 PM PDT by MCT- RI - IL
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To: rocksblues
It annoys me that no one will explain to the American public that the real progress is being made with adult stem cell research and that all indications are that embryonic stem cell research is causing tumors in animal testing. The other point they conveniently leave out is that it is perfectly legal, just not being funded by the federal government.
43 posted on 10/26/2006 3:54:01 PM PDT by tioga
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To: dave k

My grandmother had Parkinsons (no medicine to control it) and I am sure she would say, shame on you young man.


44 posted on 10/26/2006 3:55:22 PM PDT by razorback-bert (I met Bill Clinton once but he didnít really talk ó he was hitting on my wife)
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To: Hildy

Nobody has attacked his illness. We've attacked the way he represents it and the way he uses it to deceive.


45 posted on 10/26/2006 3:55:38 PM PDT by The Blitherer (You were given the choice between war & dishonor. You chose dishonor & you will have war. -Churchill)
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To: dave k

I've seen the previews of this "interview". Fox flops around like a break dancer, just like he did in the ad. IMHO, he's exaggerating to get sympathy. I've seen people in the final stages of his disease, and they shook, but they didn't put on a show like Fox. Then again, they weren't making RAT commercials.


46 posted on 10/26/2006 3:57:05 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: Hildy

Do you think it is wrong to lie in the commercial?


47 posted on 10/26/2006 3:58:23 PM PDT by A Citizen Reporter (Go Cards! Go Cards! Go Cards! Beat the TAR out of Detroit.)
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To: The Blitherer

But according to the MSM, to question a liberal is to attack them.


48 posted on 10/26/2006 3:59:37 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: A Citizen Reporter

What part was he lying about? He wasn't lying about his illness....he was MISREPRESENTING all the other stuff and that's the stuff we should be calling him on...not the effects of his illness.


49 posted on 10/26/2006 4:03:01 PM PDT by Hildy
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To: The Blitherer

Nobody has attacked his illness. We've attacked the way he represents it and the way he uses it to deceive.


Not only that, he was not challenged about the fact he was supporting a phony non-cloning amendment to our state constitution. This really isn't about stem cells, it's about the sneaky way this was put on the ballot, and the fact that if it passes there will be absolutely no legislative oversight for these procedures. Cloning will be legalized and enshrined in the constitution even though the wording of the legislation leads the average person to believe otherwise.

It is goulish to think we are on the verge of creating human life, then killing it in the name of helping people.


50 posted on 10/26/2006 4:04:48 PM PDT by regularperson
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