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March 21, 2005

Media Bias in Terri Schiavo Case at Extreme Levels in AP, Reuters Reports

Topics: Terri Schiavo's Life Counts

With the world's attention focused on Terri Schiavo, the media has picked up on the story of her plight. However, some say the bias in the news reporting has reached extreme levels as media outlets attempt to shape public opinion in favor of starving her to death.

One Associated Press article released Monday, "World Opinion Divided Over Schiavo," did less to gather the opinion of world leaders on the controversial case and more to paint a false picture that world religions universally oppose the actions of President Bush and Congress to save Terri's life.

While the news article mentioned the Vatican's opposition to Terri's starvation, the rest of the piece interviewed Islamic and Jewish thinkers who favor starving Terri.

The Monday AP report closed with comments from a leader of a Dutch pro-euthanasia group and quoted a German newspaper accusing American political leaders of using Terri's case for political gain.

Other than a couple of comments from a Vatican newspaper, the article contained no quotes or attributions from world leaders or religious thinkers who oppose starving Terri.

Raimundo Rojas, the Hispanic outreach director for the National Right to Life Committee, has been following the Terri Schiavo sage closely.

"The press has the facts wrong, they have consistently used the wrong language, and there is a repeated effort in all that you read and here in the media an urgency to sway the American people that Terri is somehow less then human," Rojas told

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Posted by Hyscience at March 21, 2005 4:58 PM

Incorrect information also being presented on major news web site BBC News:
How do we go about telling them clearly enough that there has been faulty reporting?

Posted by: Concerned at March 21, 2005 5:55 PM

So what else is new? Does this really surprise anyone? The news media has been agenda driven since at least 1991. Even average people have begun to get "news" elsewhere.

Posted by: Darrell at March 22, 2005 12:38 AM

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