|All right now, during the Terri Schiavo case, ladies and gentlemen, I made a prediction to you. I said it won't be long -- and even during that week before she had died -- I said it won't be long, maybe this week, maybe soon thereafter, we're going to get a story about a bunch of beached whales, beached dolphins or something, and everybody is going to go crazy trying to save them, everybody going to go nuts. And I said it's going to be a great contrast here how we are on one hand starving an American citizen, a human being, and on the other hand a bunch of beached dolphins or whales are going to show up and people are going to go nuts, "Save them! Save them! Save them!" Well, it happened. Last night on CNN, an unreal report from John Zarrella. He covered the Schiavo case for CNN in Florida. This is a report about volunteers who are feeding beached dolphins through a feeding tube. We didn't hear any mention of euphoria experienced by these starving dolphins. What we have here is a montage of John Zarrella's report. |
ZARRELLA: The dolphins needed her help. More than two dozen rough tooth dolphins required around-the-clock care. For 25-year-old Kate Banick and the others who came to save the dolphins, this was the most challenging, demanding part of the work, the animals in a penned off area of a rehabilitation facility had to be hand fed three times a day. Members of Banick's team held their mouths open with pieces of cloth as she fed them dead herring. To provide the required round-the-clock care, hundreds came to work four-hour shifts. The volunteers are in the pool 24/7 holding the animals and keeping their blowholes out of the water so they can breathe. A veterinarian injects the dolphins with vitamin E to help with muscle cramping. These mammals are unable to eat on their own. Kate Banick uses a feeding tube to get them the nutrition they need.
RUSH: Do you hear all of the sensitivity, the compassion, and the empathy for these animals in John Zarrella's report? Can you hear all that? Can you contrast that to the way the media at large reported the court ordered starvation of Terri Schiavo? I told you people that this was going to happen. I predicted it. I know these people like every square inch of my glorious naked body. I predicted it, and, lo and behold, it happens. It happens within two weeks of her death. "These poor animals, oh, these poor suffering animals, oh, they can't eat on their own. They have to be held up so their blowholes are held out of the water so they don't drown. Why she even had to insert a feeding tube." No mention of euphoria, no mention of how this was a pleasant way to die which is what the dolphins may want to do. Who actually knows? I just wanted to pass this on, ladies and gentlemen, and we're not through with this.
One more CNN report, this is from the bubbly one, Heidi Collins, whose report here on how the beaching of the dolphins may be the responsibility of the evil US military. Here's the first line of that report to give you an idea of their point.
COLLINS: Sonar became a staple of warfare in the 20th century, key to defending against submarine attacks. Sonar stands for sound navigation ranging. It's the use of sound waves to detect underwater objects from enemy subs to volcanoes. But some scientists are warning it may be an inadvertent weapon against whales and dolphins.
RUSH: Well, there you have it, we're killing the dolphins and courageous people are trying to save them out there with feeding tubes. So I just wanted to pass this on to you, folks, because I predicted this exact thing to you.
|Just to put an exclamation point on this, folks, I want you to listen to two sound bites. We're going to replay John Zarrella and his empathetic plea for the dolphins to be saved and fed, and his respect for the people trying to save them versus his characterization of the protesters outside the hospice where Terri Schiavo was. This is March 23rd. It ran on Anderson Cooper 360, a montage of John Zarrella's report -- there's B-roll under it so you'll have to listen closely, but here he is discussing the protesters, people who hoped to save Terri Schiavo's life.|
ZARRELLA: Police presence is everywhere and in numbers. For several weeks, Michael Schiavo has been under police guard. He has received death threats. Protesters have even staged rallies at Schiavo's house. Given the level of religious zealotry evident in the debate over Schiavo, there is reason for concern. Florida has seen its share of violence by extremists. In 1993, Michael Griffin murdered an abortion doctor in front of a Pensacola clinic. He's serving a life sentence. Paul Hill, one of Griffin's supporters, took the lives of an abortion doctor and his escort the following year. He was executed for his crime. One of Hill's supporters was caught by the FBI in Miami Beach. He was sentenced last year for plotting to blow up abortion clinics. The Florida department of law enforcement says it is monitoring the situation in Pinellas Park and, in its words, quote, collecting intelligence.
RUSH: So here we have these protesters outside the Schiavo hospice being compared to people that murdered abortion doctors, who were captured and who were punished for committing their crimes. So a report on protesters outside the Schiavo hospice, 75% of the report centers on ten-year-old, 12-year-old crimes involving the murder of abortion doctors, with the obvious conclusion that the same kind of people are outside the Schiavo hospice. Now listen again to last night's CNN montage, same reporter, about dolphins who beach themselves.
ZARRELLA: The dolphins needed her help. More than two dozen rough tooth dolphins required around-the-clock care. For 25-year-old Kate Banick and the others who came to save the dolphins, this was the most challenging, demanding part of the work, the animals in a penned off area of a rehabilitation facility had to be hand fed three times a day. Members of Banick 's team held their mouths open with pieces of cloth as she fed them dead herring. To provide the required round-the-clock care, hundreds came to work four-hour shifts. The volunteers are in the pool 24/7 holding the animals and keeping their blowholes out of the water so they can breathe. A veterinarian injects the dolphins with vitamin E to help with muscle cramping. These mammals are unable to eat on their own. Kate Banick uses a feeding tube to get them the nutrition they need.
So the people feeding dolphins via feeding tubes and keeping their blowholes out of the water are heroes, they're worthy of our respect and love and adoration. The people outside the Schiavo hospice were akin to those who murder abortion doctors. Thank you, CNN. Thank you, John Zarrella, for once again proving me, the all-knowing, all-caring, all-thinking, all-concerned Maha Rushie, exactly right in my prediction.
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