Media Attacks Against Terri Schiavo, Schindler Family Continue Five Years Later

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   May 19, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Media Attacks Against Terri Schiavo, Schindler Family Continue Five Years Later

by Bobby Schindler
May 19, 2010 Note: Bobby Schindler is the brother of Terri Schiavo and he and his family now work for the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation to help disabled and incapacitated patients like her.

As you know, it’s been over five years that we all lived through the barbarism of Terri’s death. And since Terri died, our family has been astonished to the extent that her brain injury has been the focus of repeated mean-spirited media attacks. If that wasn’t enough, the work of Terri’s Foundation is now being included in these attacks!

In our last E-Newsletter we informed you about what happened on National television—within days of the anniversary of Terri’s death—when an episode of Fox’s The Family Guy program parodied Terri with a school play called, "Terri Schiavo: The Musical." (Click on "The Family Guy" icon to read about our continuing on-line petition.)

Recently, a local Florida TV Station smeared the Foundation with a baseless report claiming that we were profiting from our sister’s tragedy. The reporter’s key witness: Terri’s estranged husband, Michael Schiavo.

If that wasn’t bad enough, a National radio shock jock, in an act of gross insensitivity, has joined many of his media brethren, boasting that he’s glad our Dad is dead, repeatedly making fun of Terri’s brain-injury, and is accusing the Foundation of dishonest activity.

It has become painfully clear to us that the secular media has one objective: succeed in making Terri’s Foundation go away.

Please know that despite these constant attacks our family and everyone with Terri’s Foundation are committed to helping other families and their loved ones.

Terri’s Foundation has given support to countless families, and has been actively involved in hundreds of cases, helping families protect their loved ones since Terri’s death in 2005.

Indeed, we recognize every day how important your support is to the success of what we are doing. It is because of your generosity that we can continue our non-stop efforts, advocating for these families that are working tirelessly to ensure their loved ones receive proper care.

So thank you for supporting us in this never ending fight against a growing culture that is relentlessly attacking our most vulnerable. With your assistance, we will continue to do what we can to protect the rights of the elderly, the chronically sick and people with profound cognitive brain injuries.

We can stand the Big Media attacks, but we need you to stand with us!

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