August 4, 2005
Federal funding of embryonic stem cell researchBy Edward L. Daley
Ever since last Friday, when Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist announced that he would support loosening restrictions on the federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, the mainstream media has become absolutely giddy over the prospect of George W. Bush bowing to political defeat on the issue.
This is no surprise, however, since most journalists generally support left—wing sociopolitical policies (just ask them) and tend to go out of their way to report on stories that are potentially harmful to the Bush Administration, like the fake Bush National Guard scandal, the fake Gitmo torture scandal, and the fake Valerie Plame/Karl Rove scandal, just to name a few.
A lot has been written about stem cells over the past few years, but most of the time news coverage only gives you a vague idea as to what the debate is really all about. The popular press seems intent on blurring the distinction between adult stem cells and the embryonic variety by routinely omitting the word 'embryonic' in its headlines, when that word may be critical to the substance of its stories.
Just do a simple search of the words 'stem cells' on google.com's news search engine, and see how many results you get which include the term 'embryonic' in the headline, as opposed to those that don't. When one considers the fact that most news items written on the subject are concerned with the embryonic stem cell debate, and the public funding thereof, one has to wonder why the word is so seldom included in news headlines.
Moreover, some of the stories written about the issue would lead the average person to believe that there is some sort of Bush—led federal ban on stem cell research... and not just the embryonic kind. For instance, take a look at the following headlines I found on the internet after just a minute or two of searching. I imagine that this list represents only a small fraction of the similarly—phrased headlines available to those who are committed to finding them.
Actually, I uncovered several more headlines of like phraseology which were attributed to the BBC, the Washington Post, and the Kerry Campaign of 2004, but the links to those articles are no longer valid, so I decided not to include them here.
Be that as it may, I think it's fair to say that the individuals who wrote the above headlines and stories had an ax to grind over the issue with respect to the current administration. If that is not the case, how then can one explain such headlines, especially in light of the fact that George W. Bush has never banned stem cell research of any kind in the United States, and that he is the only U.S. president to have ever authorized federal funding for embryonic stem cell research?
Heck, it was William Jefferson Clinton himself who initiated a total ban on using our tax dollars to fund the creation of human embryos for the purpose of harvesting medically useful cells, yet I'm willing to bet you won't learn that by reading the New York Times, or watching CNN.
And what I'm also fairly sure of is that those same news organizations, and many others just like them, don't give a damn that most Americans are against the idea of their money being handed over to scientists who think it's perfectly acceptable to create life for the sole purpose of destroying it through experimentation. See poll results here, here, here, and here.
It's also important to note that most journalists avoid mentioning the fact that adult stem cell research holds more promise when it comes to treating debilitating and often deadly afflictions than its embryonic counterpart. Adult stem cell research has actually yielded encouraging results in recent times, while embryonic stem cells are highly unstable, and have yet to lead to any potential treatments whatsoever. See here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.
That is exactly what I've been asking for years, and the article's author, Rusty Benson, seems to have come to the same conclusion I have on the matter... it's all about money.
Mr. Benson states that
He couldn't be more correct in that assertion. You see, most private investors won't give a dime to embryonic stem cell research because they don't think they'll make any money on their investment, but federal money, if it can be acquired, doesn't come with any pesky requirements attached, like a demand that at least some progress be made by the researcher. See here, here, and here.
If the left—wingers in the media and their pals in Hollywood want to expand embryonic stem cell research, why don't they unroll those huge wads of money they've been paid for doing practically nothing of value, and fund it themselves? Peter Jennings and Barbara Streisand could fund embryonic stem cell research from now 'till doomsday if they were forced to pony up a dollar every time they opened their big mouths to demonize President Bush. Instead, the Democrat party and its compatriots in the press would rather make you pay for their causes, even if those causes repulse you.
And that's just one more bit of truth you won't learn from the Los Angeles Times, CBS, or the San Francisco Chronicle.
Edward L. Daley is the owner of the Daley Times—Post.