A few days ago I wrote an email to the station protesting what their health reporter, Su Ling Goh, did (she was praised by her on-air colleagues). I shared the email with a number of specialists who work in end-of-life care across Canada. Last evening I received an email response from one of those specialists "Jean". She is an associate professor of nursing at a major Canadian university and palliative care consultant.
Part of Jean's note is immediately below in which she suggested I post the substance of my email to the television station on this blog. I have done that with a few adaptations to make it more suitable to a blog format and you will see it beneath Jean's note.
News is supposed to be balanced and unbiased, otherwise it becomes advocacy or worse: propaganda!
Thank you so much for sending this piece along. It is my hope that you sent this in its’ entirety to Global TV and cc’d Su! In addition I hope that it’s on your Blog. Your language skills are so amazing and everyone needs to read your work.
From: Mark Pickup
|Reporter Su Ling Goh on set|
Contrary to what Gord Steinke alluded to, a reporter reports and should remain objective and neutral. Assisted suicide is illegal and other people with degenerative diseases (like me) will continue to lobby to ensure it stays that way. Amy Doolittle had the right to the very best palliative care available – and ALS symptoms can be treated with modern specialized pain management medications and techniques – I know a number of end-of-life-care specialists who have effectively relieved ALS symptoms: Su Ling Goh did not interview any.
|Donna Wilson, University of Alberta|
As late as this past October, the Canadian Parliament gave unanimous support to the idea of establishing a national suicide prevention strategy. Such a strategy should be for all Canadians not just healthy and able-bodied Canadians.
According to Su Ling Goh’s story 78% of Albertans support assisted suicide. Really? Do they support assisted suicide for everyone or just the sick, disabled and dying? If not, is the issue really one of a "right" but culling the herd of its diseased, disabled and dying?
|Mark Davis Pickup|