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Saturday, April 2, 2011
WND's Chief Schiavo Distorter Returns For More Bias
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Diana Lynne -- the WorldNetDaily reporter who turned in highly biased accounts of the Terri Schiavo case -- returns to WND to pen a follow-up story.

In her March 31 article, Lynne frames the Schiavo case around "the recent clamor over imminent Obamacare 'death panels'" -- never mind the fact that the "death panels" claim has been declared the lie of the year.

Lynne goes on to invoke the case of Baby Joseph" Maraachli, writing:

Meanwhile, in the case of "Baby Joseph," Ontario, Canada's top court sided with the hospital's desire to hasten death, ruling it could pull the 13-month-old's life-sustaining breathing tube over the objections of his parents.

The infant suffers from a progressive neurodegenerative disease that is fatal. The family sought a tracheotomy in order to care for their son at home while likely extending his life by weeks or months.

In fact, nobody has claimed that the tracheotomy would extend Joseph's life; the claim centered on the family's desire to have the child die at home versus the hospital's contention that a tracheotomy would increase discomfort and risk of infection -- not about rationing medical care or "death panels" as Lynne suggests.

The tagline for Lynne at the end of the article calls the WND-published quickie book she wrote on the Schiavo case "powerful" and "comprehensive." In fact, as we documented, the book was as biased as her reporting, heavily favoring Terri Schiavo's family and demoninzing her husband, Michael Schiavo, who had initiated the legal battle to withdraw life support from Terri, who was a persistent vegetative state.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:23 AM EDT

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