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March 28, 2005

Today's Obligatory Terri Schiavo Post

It's required of us, you know. Miss one day and the powers that be send over little guys in jackboots to trash the house. Ngnat calls them the Media Elves.

Commenters at the previous TOTSP have been trading charge and countercharge over which party, Terri's husband or her parents, is likely to be benefiting financially from their position on whether she should live or die.

But the answer to the question "Which party is in it just for the money?" needn't be one or the other. It could well be both. As long as they stay in the fight to the bitter end, both Michael Schiavo and Terri's parents will be able to look forward to what will amount to a lifetime stream of funds generated by the case; book contracts, lecture fees, TV appearances, various media rights. Their behavior upon being faced with the possibility of such magnificent remuneration will be what finally puts the "Who's in it for the money?" question to rest.

Posted by Bigwig at March 28, 2005 04:40 PM | TrackBack
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take this, multiply by the two sides:

This looks like a gang tackle of the tarbaby from Br'er Rabbit.

Posted by: KevinM at March 28, 2005 10:59 PM

Maybe this whole thing goes beyond money. Or, more accurately, beneath money. But maybe it can rise above petty things like cash and egos.


In a surprising development, the husband and parents of Terri Schiavo, who died yesterday after the tube giving her nutrients and water was disconnected two weeks ago have held a joint news conference in which they repeatedly apologized for their behavior towards eachother.

Her parents, Bob and Mary Schindler admitted that after Michael Schiavo refused to give them what they had felt was their "share" of the damage award following their daughters collapse, they launched a vitriolic smear campaign against him. Choking back tears, Mr. Schindler admitted that he had encouraged false claims that his daughter had been seeking a divorce from Michael. He also confessed that allegations his son-in-law had assaulted his daughter were completely false, and he confirmed that he had urged Michael to "get on with his life.

Michael Schiavo also sounded deeply repentant as he told reporters the "vicious slurs" against him had angered him so much, he had launched a vendetta against the Schindlers, trying to make their efforts to comfort Terri, and themselves, during her ordeal, as difficult as possible. He explained that, in the final days of Terri's life, the shame he felt over his actions led him to authorize a complete autopsy on Terri's body by the Pinellas Park medical examiner.

The three declined to answer questions from reporters. Before leaving the hospice where Terri died, they urged everyone to seriously consider living wills for themselves and their loved ones. They also expressed the hope that no family would ever be divided as deeply as theirs were by the death of a loving wife and daughter. And they apologized to the nation for their behavior, with Mrs. Schindler describing it as "emotional pornography".

Posted by: ovidsen at March 28, 2005 11:07 PM

If financial investment is the same for both parties, what about emotional investment? Is the person who pleads for life more passionate, more clouded by emotion than the person who pleads for death? Is the lack of attachment Michael Schiavo's position stipulates an indicator of clear thinking? Not that passion blanketly blinds reason, but intense emotion can affect our thinking, and it certainly seems that one party is more emotionally involved than the other.

Posted by: Andrew Watkins at March 29, 2005 12:14 AM
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