And now, a word from Mel Gibson

Fox News digs deep for expert commentary on the Schiavo case

By Page Rockwell
Published March 31, 2005 11:20PM (EST)

Perhaps Fox News is running out of "experts" to consult on the Terri Schiavo case. As Schiavo's condition worsened Wednesday night, "Hannity & Colmes" host Sean Hannity called on actor-director Mel Gibson for commentary. Gibson's weighing in on the subject has some precedent -- earlier this month, he apparently borrowed the fax machine at L.A.'s Drago's Seafood Restaurant to fax the Schindler family a statement of his support. But his Fox News appearance gave Gibson the opportunity to voice his opinion more forcefully: "It's nothing more than the sustained state-sanctioned murder."

And the reason the state "murdered" Schiavo? According to the "Conspiracy Theory" star, it's a conspiracy. Gibson opined that right-to-die cases like Schiavo's are the government's way of saving a buck or two: "We may be able to save a few Social Security dollars later on down the track by simply pulling the plug on the infirm, or the disabled, or the aged ... And I think that there is an agenda. And people say, 'Well, they can't all be in it together.' But, you know, there's no other way to explain this behavior."

Page Rockwell

Page Rockwell is Salon's editorial project manager.

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