Why the prominence of the Schiavo case? Is it because the public supports conservative protesters, who prayed outside the hospice, with three of them arrested "when they tried to force their way past officers guarding the driveway of Woodside Hospice to take bread and water to Ms. Schiavo as a symbolic gesture" (Goodnough, March 20, 2005)? Not at all.
The public, by 63 percent-28 percent, supports the removal of Schiavo's feeding tube, and by a 25-point margin opposes a law mandating federal review of her case. Congress passed such legislation and President Bush signed it early today.In contrast, the demands of anti-war demonstrators give voice to the view quietly held by a majority of Americans:
That legislative action is distinctly unpopular: Not only do 60 percent oppose it, more -- 70 percent -- call it inappropriate for Congress to get involved in this way. And by a lopsided 67 percent-19 percent, most think the elected officials trying to keep Schiavo alive are doing so more for political advantage than out of concern for her or for the principles involved. (Gary Langer, "Poll: No Role for Government in Schiavo Case: Federal Intervention in Schiavo Case Prompts Broad Public Disapproval," ABC News, March 21, 2005)
"Do you favor keeping a large number of U.S. troops in Iraq until there is a stable government there OR bringing most of our troops home in the next year?"As far as the corporate media are concerned, there are protests, and there are protests. However marginal and at odds with the public opinion they may be, protesters for a right-wing cause, helped by right-wing lawmakers, land on the front page of the self-identified "paper of record." Protesters for a left-wing cause, however popular and important it may be, are confined to the back of the symbolic bus.
Wait for Stable Govt. Bring Home In Next Year Unsure % % % 2/8-13/05 39 59 1 11/9-14/04 50 47 2 10/14-17/04 47 50 3 9/9-13/04 38 54 7 8/10-15/04 40 54 5 6/8-15/04 39 56 6 4/8-15/04 42 51 8 2/9-16/04 45 51 4 10/03 46 47 7
Source: The Harris Poll. Feb. 8-13, 2005. N=1,012 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3. Pollingreport.com