Frist’s Flop: Some Implications in the NYT Article
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Senate Leader Criticized and Praised for Stem Cell Shift – New York Times (registration required)
- Yet polls show that a majority of Americans support human embryonic stem cell research.
- We’re the New York Times; believe us or don’t. If we say that polls support it, just take our word for it.
- Scientists and advocates for patients believe that human embryonic stem cell research holds the potential to treat and cure a variety of diseases.
- Another case of believe it or don’t. Yet, in this case, the broad generalization argues in favor of “don’t.” All scientists believe that? All patients’ advocates believe that? Wow. That’s a lot to swallow without some proof, Ms. Stolberg.
- “Here’s a man who really knows science and who really knows government.”
- The implication here is that there are also people who know not science as well as people who know not government, and obviously those who know neither. Luckily for the venerable Times, this is a quote from a politician, so we expect this kind of vague implication.
- “There are 110 million people out there who are madder than hell about being afflicted with disease when it could be prevented or cured.”
- More political rhetoric. It “could be prevented or cured” is accurate — it is entirely speculation; that is why it’s called research. However, in this context, Mr. Specter makes it sound like there’s some definite treatment out there using human embryos. Not quite false advertising, so no one can accuse him of lying.
But I am happy to accuse him of being a politician, and I dare him to deny it.
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