MSNBC’s Olbermann Attacks Pro-Life Advocates on Obama Picking Schiavo Atty

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 14, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

MSNBC’s Olbermann Attacks Pro-Life Advocates on Obama Picking Schiavo Atty

by Steven Ertelt Editor
January 14
, 2009

Washington, DC ( — MSNBC anchor and commentator should have stuck to his original career giving out the latest sports news and information. The left-wing media man is coming under fire for bashing pro-life advocates and their opposition to Barack Obama picking a former lawyer for Michael Schiavo for a high post.

As has reported, Obama selected Thomas Perrelli, who is best known as the right-to-kill lawyer who represented Terri Schiavo’s husband pro-bono in his suit to euthanize his wife.

In the Obama administration, Perrelli will occupy the third highest post in the Justice Department.

Tom McClusky of the Family Research Council conducted media interviews outlining how Perrelli’s appointment as associate attorney general was "detrimental" to the pro-life movement.

In the media world, however, Perrelli seems to have at least one staunch ally — Olbermann.

Olbermann, host of MSNBC’s "Countdown," highlighted McClusky’s quote in a recent broadcast and named him "the worst person in the world" for criticizing Perrelli’s nomination.

Tony Perkins, the president of FRC, defended his colleague.

"In my opinion, if you’re on Olbermann’s hit list, then you must be doing something right," he said.

"In a leadership position for the Justice Department, Perrelli’s anti-life stance could be devastating. As the third in command, he is certain to play a key role in a number of cases, some of which could include end-of-life issues," Perkins added.

Bobby Schindler, Terri Schiavo’s brother, has also weighed in in an email to

"News media bias promoting the killing of the severely disabled like Terri is well known, but it’s not often that a media commentator so openly displays his vicious hatred of those who simply love life as Keith Olbermann did," he said.

Schindler took exception to Olbermann’s claims that FRC and the pro-life movement was on the wrong side legally and morally.

"What is morally wrong about preventing someone from being dehydrated to death? What is legally wrong with protecting the life of someone who is innocent, not terminally ill, and who simply wants to live?" Schindler asked.

Schindler said that an "anti-life trend is taking shape in official Washington" because of the selections Obama is making.

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