More on the doctor and his lunch

During my travels, I have continued to follow the lively comments thread on the Krishna Rajanna case and the MSM vs. niche coverage of his Affordable Medical and Surgical Services business in Kansas City, Kan.

Much of the conservative coverage has, of course, been driven by that site that millions love and millions more love to hate — WorldNetDaily. This is, of course, the essence of an agenda-driven news institution. You take what you find there with a grain of salt, then look elsewhere for other coverage. At least that is what I do. Same thing for any culture-wars coverage I see in The New York Times.

The question is not so much what Rajanna is or is not doing at lunch. The question is whether the MSM professionals have even investigated the claims of the people involved in the turmoil about his lunch habits, and lots of other gross details about his business. Normally, when secondhand information of this kind surfaces, you see it confirmed or shot down. Silence is normally not the default media choice.

Meanwhile, here is a link to the controversial photos (PDF) of the doctor’s office and some of the contents of his refrigerator — where unborn children in plastic cups were stored side by side with, well, his perfectly legal lunch items.

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Terry Mattingly directs the Washington Journalism Center at the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. He writes a weekly column for the Universal Syndicate.

  • http://molly.douthett.net Molly

    What? Nothing about Terri Shiavo’s ?

  • tmatt

    So far, I have not seen a piece worth commenting on. The two sides are talking past one another. The mainstream Catholic and evangelical view on the case was that Terri was not going to “get better.” Thus, screaming headlines that she was beyond healing or something are beside the point.

    The larger point was this: She suffered permanent brain damage and was now a child, locked at the edge of oral communication. She could try to communicate in one-syllable replies, with little or no success.

    The issue was that her parents wanted that child. Her legal guardian did not. Correct?

  • http://theaccidentalanglican.typepad.com Deborah

    “The mainstream Catholic and evangelical view on the case was that Terri was not going to ‘get better.’” …. The issue was that her parents wanted that child. Her legal guardian did not. Correct? ”

    Um … no.

    Seems to me that not everyone — certainly not her parents and siblings — on the Catholic and evangelical side was convinced she “was not going to ‘get better.’” Several of the last-minute legal maneuvers were predicated on medical opinions on the possibility of restoring some brain function.

    I think a more accurate representation of the central argument was that her husband contended that his wife would not want to be maintained in a vegetative state despite no direct documentary evidence to support that wish, while the parents and their supporters held to the “where there’s life, there’s hope” and the “err on the side of caution in the absence of a clear directive” schools of thought.

    (And, BTW, why use the term “legal guardian” rather than “husband”? Hmmm? Adultery aside, his status as her guardian arose directly from his legal position as her husband.)

  • NateB.

    Did my reading comprehension just fail me?

    “The mainstream Catholic and evangelical view… ”

    which was responded to with:

    ” Seems to me that not everyone — certainly not her parents and siblings — on the Catholic and evangelical side was convinced she “was not going to ‘get better.’” ”

    What gives?

  • Beth

    Here’s something that’s been bugging me about the KC clinic story. I must admit I’m ignorant of usual procedure and never thought about it until now. What USUALLY happens with aborted fetuses? If they are usually stored (separate from employee lunches,) why? For how long? I’m serious. I can’t imagine why they wouldn’t be disposed of immediately. (I seem to recall someone on EWTN talking about finding some remains in a Dumpster. That’s macabre, of course, but it makes more sense than STORING them, doesn’t it?)


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