In a long post/update on the sad case of Haleigh Poutre, Michelle Malkin laments the fact that no talk-show hosts or big media types have taken up the cause, and then dishonestly singles me out:
Radio talk show host Michael Graham, now at Boston’s WTKK, is also staying on top of the Haleigh Poutre case. Be sure to check out his website for the latest Haleigh developments.
Michael e-mailed me that many talk show hosts don’t want to discuss the story:
I fear it’s the post-Schiavo syndrome.
I think Michael is right, and that the post-Schiavo syndrome is affecting more than just talk radio. Few on either the left or right–in politics, in the blogosphere, in the MSM punditocracy–want to grapple with the moral, legal, and medical implications of this wrenching case. And as I noted before, the bleeding hearts in Hollywood–so quick to leap to the defense of every last Death Row convict–are AWOL. There’s already a jaded and shockingly callous exasperation about Haleigh’s case epitomized by the title and comments at John Cole’s blog: “Dear God, not again.”
Some days, Michelle seems to exist only to make Bill O’Reilly look like a straight shooter.
Putting aside her lame attempts to make me responsible for comments made by others in my comments section (where is your comments section- Michelle?), if there was callous exasperation exhibited on my part, it was not at the plight of Haleigh, it was at the rhetoric of Mrs. Malkin, who served up yet another heaping helping of bullshit. Anyone who looked at my post, “Dear God, Not Again,” can plainly see that. What I am not ready for is another round of crap from folks like Michelle, who write things like:
Haleigh wants to live.***
This is a huge story, a wake-up call to “right-to-die” ideologues who recklessly put such unlimited trust in the medical profession and Nanny State. The same government bureaucrats and doctors who had conclusively deemed the 11-year-old girl “hopeless” and her vegetative state “irreversible” now tell us she is responding to stimuli and breathing on her own.
They were wrong.
Next, look for The Professionals to tell us that despite her improvements, her “quality of life” will be worthless. We already know how they feel about people with feeding tubes.***
When the state condemns a convicted murderer to die, Hollywood celebrities trip all over themselves to protest.
Where are the Tinseltown activists who will rally to protect a truly innocent life?***
Ace of Spades: “I do think it’s interesting that a court can spot a conflict-of-interest, but only when the purported guardian with the conflict-of-interest is in favor of keeping the patient alive.”
See-Dubya at Patterico’s: “Unlike the Schiavo case, not only has Haleigh not told anyone of her true wishes, but she legally can’t make these kind of decisions. There should be a presumption that people, that children, even brain-damaged orphans, ought to live.”
Karol at Alarming News frames the ghouls’ position succinctly: “Quick, let’s starve her to death!”
This isn’t about Haleigh Poutre, this is about rehabilitating and reviving Michelle’s attacks on those who disagreed with her about Terri Schiavo. And it is about as transparent as it gets. These cases are not the same, and should, through some miracle, Haleigh manage to recover (which I doubt, but we can remain hopeful), it has no impact on the judgements made in the Schiavo case.
So if Michelle observed some callous exasperation, it wasn’t directed at poor Haleigh Poutre, but rather it was aimed squarely at Michelle and the rest of the folks like her who are going to use this poor girl as another prop in the never-ending ‘culture of life’ war. Remember, during the Schiavo unpleasantness, it wasn’t my ‘side’ who smeared everyone who agreed with Michael and Terri (as decided by the courts) as being members of the ‘culture of death.’
As I have pointed out before, it was not my ‘side’ who had Peggy Noonan penning columns attacking people for worshipping a culture of death. It was not my ‘side’ pretending that everyone who thought the law was clear and that this was a decision for Terri and Michael Schiavo was some evil ghoul who believed in mandatory euthanasia.
It was not my ‘side’ lying about medical records, impugning the integrity of one of the victims (Michael Schiavo), making remote diagnoses via video tape, or rushing to Washington to make up new laws to subvert already established law.
It was not my ‘side’ screaming about activist judges, or attacking anyone who dared to follow the law.
And it was not my side pretending that Terri Schiavo was screaming ‘I want to live’ after 15 years in a PVS. It was Michelle and her cohort, who just the other day made a Fristian diagnosis and decided that “Haleigh wants to live.” Some of them are still lying about the Schaivo autopsy to this day.
Considering the crap Michelle and her friends are gearing up to put everyone through, I think a little callous exasperation is in order. But it isn’t aimed at Haleigh Poutre, and Michelle should at least have the decency to not hide behind the lifeless body of an 11 year old when launching her broadsides at other bloggers and her political opponents.