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Monday, March 15, 2004

I'm watching a CNN piece on Melissa Rowland, the Utah woman in jail for murder after she refused a C-section, and as a result gave birth to a stillborn child.

Here's how the piece went:

1) display horrible picture of Rowland making her look like a crack whore
2) interview with an adoption agency worker who says after she was arrested, Rowland tries to scam the agency for bail money by offering up a non-existant unborn child for adoption
3) display horrible picture of Rowland making her look like a crack whore
4) mention that she refused the C-section at three different hospitals
5) second-hand quote from Rowland that she let her baby die because she didn't want a scar. No mention of the fact that she's had previous C-sections
6) report from some expert that she's probably crazy, and has problems with authority
7) display horrible picture of Rowland making her look like a crack whore
8) interview with some government official who says, "The jails are full of people who have problems with authority"
9) display horrible picture of Rowland making her look like a crack whore

oh, and snuck in right at the end of the piece...

10) interview with an attorney who says she was completely within her rights to refuse surgery for whatever reason she deemed fit

Hearst would've been proud, CNN. Way to demonize the unjustly imprisoned!

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