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The Case Heard Round the Web: How Terri Schiavo became a household name

Wesley J. Smith

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The arguments over the fate of Terri Schiavo have sowed distrust among the courts and the political branches of government, and forced a state legislature, a popular governor, both houses of Congress, and the president of the United States into tight, uncomfortable political corners. The pending death-by-dehydration of this disabled, 41-year-old Clearwater, Florida, woman--thanks to a court order sought by her husband--has at the same time become a media event of epic proportion...

This controversy hit the stratosphere, I believe, because of one simple but very powerful innovation: the Internet. When the Michael Martin and Robert Wendland families fought almost identical battles in the 1990s, the Internet, especially as a source of news, was still in its infancy. It was difficult to spread facts or perspectives that the mainstream media did not want to present--and the reporting of those cases was as skewed and one-sided in favor of death as has been the coverage of Terri Schiavo.

Read the entire article on the Weekly Standard website (new window will open).

Posted: 27-Mar-05



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