Ben Carson is in trouble with some on the far-right because of a comment he made about the Terri Schiavo case. They take exception to him dismissing the case as “much ado about nothing.” He stated further that those sorts of situations are dealt with “every single day” in the medical field.
You may remember the Schiavo case from back when Jeb! was the governor of Florida. Terri Schiavo was a woman who was in a permanent vegetative state and had been for 15 years. Her husband, wishing to end his wife’s suffering, wanted to remove life support. Her parents, still holding out hope, did not. The state got involved, then right-wing pundits and preachers got involved. It was a circus.
After Carson’s comment, several activists denounced him for offering his opinion on one of the very few topics in which he has some actual knowledge. So Carson did what any good rightie does; he blamed the media. That always works with the Fox-fed base because only their media is fair and balanced. Uh-huh, sure.
When Carson spoke with the ultra-conservative LifeSiteNews on Wednesday, he told them that his remark had been taken out of context:
I regret that my recent comments about Terri Schiavo have been taken out of context and misinterpreted… When I used the term ‘much ado about nothing,’ my point was that the media tried to create the impression that the pro-life community was nutty and going way overboard with the support of the patient.
Of course, most on the right bought it. Because “liberal media.”
Yet, if we look at the transcript of the interview, it becomes obvious what Carson meant with those words. When asked what his view of the case “as a doctor at the time” was, Carson replied:
Well I said at the time, ‘We face those kinds of issues all the time and while I don’t believe in euthanasia, you have to recognize that people that are in that condition do have a series of medical problems that occur that will take them out.’ And your job is to keep them comfortable throughout that process and not to treat everything that comes up… I don’t think it needed to get to that level (of involving Congress). I think it was much ado about nothing. Those things are taken care of every single day just the way I described.
Pretty straightforward. He was asked what he thought “as a doctor” and his reply reflected that. But the pro-lifers aren’t doctors, by and large. They don’t accept Carson’s comment at face value. Or at all, really.
Cheryl Sullenger and Troy Newman of Operation Rescue, the
doctor murderers pro-birth organization, didn’t buy it. They think that he’s just doing “damage control.” They’re not wrong. They also think that he didn’t really understand Schiavo’s condition. That’s debatable.
The upshot is that Carson has lost support from Operation Rescue (and their ilk) at least and the extreme pro-lifers, at worst. But it’s all the media’s fault for quoting him verbatim. Aside from the other reasons Carson is unqualified to be president, his whining about the media is infantile. Sorry, no.
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