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Dr. Death Gets Out of Jail

Wesley J. Smith

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Will the media finally tell the truth about the ghoulish aspirations of Jack Kevorkian?

Jack Kevorkian will soon be out of jail on parole: Let the media races begin.

Who will be the first to get the "exclusive" interview of Dr. Death? Will it be Katie Couric, hoping to score her first coup with the CBS Evening News? What about Oprah? She's the undisputed queen of television. The smart money should probably be on Barbara Walters. Not only could she offer Kevorkian an earnest interview on ABC's 20/20, but also a bonus appearance on the syndicated gab fest The View.

Whichever media king or queen scores the big get, the one thing we will almost certainly not see in the media's reporting will be the truth about Kevorkian's career as a suicide facilitator and euthanasia advocate. Nor will we be told much about the ultimate goal Kevorkian sought to achieve through his nearly 10-year, law-defying campaign of assisted suicide.

Kevorkian is almost always described in the media as a retired doctor who helped terminally ill people commit suicide. The December 13, 2006 Associated Press report about Kevorkian's pending parole, by Kathy Barks Hoffman, is typical of the genre, describing him as America's most vocal "advocate of assisted suicide for the terminally ill."

But that isn't completely true: Kevorkian does not believe that assisted suicide should be narrowly applied to the dying. This fact is easily discernible from his remarks, his writings, and his actions.

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

Posted: 16-Dec-06



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