Editors Ink

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Sunday, March 20, 2005

Al Tompkins, as usual, as a great point about the use of Schiavo's pictures.

As the Terri Schiavo case moves into a new pitched emotional debate, I urge all journalists to carefully consider what video and pictures they use to depict this woman who has been described by doctors as being either in a persistent vegetative state or a permanent vegetative state since 1990.

The images and file tape that we use repeatedly in our newscasts, Webcasts and on our newspaper and Webpages affect how the public (and probably legislators) think about her ability to communicate or respond to others.

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