MSNBC’s Chris Matthews: Terri Schiavo’s Dad Having "Good Time"

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Apr 1, 2005   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
April 1
, 2005

New York, NY ( — Chris Matthews, the host of the "Hardball" political talk show on MSNBC shocked listeners of the Don Imus radio show yesterday when he claimed Terri Schiavo’s father Bob Schindler was having a "good time" as his daughter starved to death.

Just hours before Terri Schiavo succumbed to a thirteen day starvation and dehydration death, Matthews made the comments.

"There’s nobody here who looks particularly compelling or attractive," Matthews told Imus on the his program.

"The father seems to be having, I hate to say this, a good time. I don’t know why, maybe it’s the focus, maybe he’s giddy with sadness of the tragedy that has been going on for so long," Matthews said.

One pro-life leader told the comments were "mean-spirited" and "insensitive" and made with "terrible timing."

However, Bob Schindler has been grieving throughout the entire process and told the media earlier in the week that he was "scared to death" to visit his daughter because he was so worried about her fate and weakening condition.

"She’s shown such a determination to live. It’s incredible," he said at the time.

In a press conference with reports after Terri’s death, Bob told the media that Terri "spoke loudly" even thought she was unable to speak for herself.

"As a member of our family unable to stand under your own power, you stood with a grace and a dignity that made your family proud," he said. "Terri, we love you dearly, but we know that God loves you more than we do. We must accept your untimely death as God’s will."

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