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Friday, April 15, 2005

Low expectations for the MSM

The Anchoress is on a roll with blogging today. Her post regarding George Felos' ex and Terri Schindler leads me to a prediction of sorts.

Wait. What? George Felos’ ex is going to WHAT?
Filed under: Terri Schiavo

Maybe I need a tonic, or something…am I reading this press release correctly?

Terri Schindler-Schiavo Foundation has harsh words for the former Mrs. Felos’ attempts to capitalize on Terri

In a press release issued through PR Web, titled “Lawyer Who Presented CT Scan & Medical Evidence in Court Analyzes Autopsy Results in Terri Schiavo Case” Ms. d’Angelis (former wife of Attorney to Michael Schiavo, George Soros) claims she will be available to interpret the anticipated Medical Examiner’s report on the late Terri Schiavo.

Quoted from her release: “Upon the release of the autopsy report, she can analyze the results and weigh in on the important matters of how–by reason, not emotion–the “persistent vegetative state” diagnosis of Terri Schiavo was arrived at, and why.”

The Terri Schindler-Schiavo Foundation would like to take this opportunity to point out that not only was Ms. d’Angelis co-counsel to George Felos during the guardianship proceedings on behalf of Michael Schiavo, she is not qualified to interpret or analyze a Medical Examiner’s report. She is only licensed as an attorney and as a massage therapist.


Statement of Pamela Hennessy, Media Coordinator for the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation: “The former Mrs. Felos is not a doctor, a surgeon, a pathologist or even an orderly. She is a massage therapist. Certainly, she can lend absolutely no analysis or insight into the results of the Medical Examiner’s report. Rather, she can only recant what her former husband suggests as the truth to Terri’s condition. Medical analysis is best left to medical practitioners and not lawyers.”

Is there anything about this case, from start-to-finish that isn’t utterly strange and outside-the-norm?

My prediction is that the MSM will treat her as an "expert" despite the obvious lack of qualifications. Their behaviour in this matter leads one only to low expectations. I am willing to bet her interpretation will also show up in an online forum where I argued long and hard for Terri. I will not be surprised if she is treated as Dr. Cranford was in one interview. It was not unexpected that he would attack his critics, however, the producers seemed to miss the ratings opportunity of having someone there who might disagree. Heaven forbid they actually consider the concept of balanced coverage.

Besides her lack of qualification is the substantial matter of how the autopsy deals only with a strawman argument. The issue was not so much the structural damage of Terri's brain but rather her ability to function. The autopsy can't reveal that and as I understand it there is no x number of brain cells damaged threshold that determines one cannot function. What we needed was an MRI/PET scan. But of course she would need to be alive for that. How convenient - for some.
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