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Michael Fox With Katie Couric

Katie Couric Interviews Michael J. Fox about his recent political ads and the ensuing controversy.



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Poor Michael. You know this is what is wrong with religious beliefs. Like Sam Harris has pointed out, it separates questions of morality with issues of real suffering.

Somehow blastocysts in a petri dish, literally undifferentiated clumps of cells, have to be given the same kind of moral concern, have the same interests, the same...no one even talks about suffering, but presumably we're worried about their experience at some level, and that the interest of these cells trump the interests of 8 year old girls with diabetes or 40 year old men with Parkinson's.

I'm very glad you posted this, Norm.

My father has had Parkinson's disease for almost 10 years now. He's had the surgery where they place nodes in the brain that "zap" a specific area to help stop shaking.

He's still got the bad dystonia throughout the day, very-low volume voice, "twitches", neck spasms and overal slow movement.

What I'm getting at is that it is seriously RIDICULOUS what Rush said about Fox at the time (I know he has apologized and all, though...)

Anyway, I'm rambling. I just wanted to say, there's absolutely NO acting whatsoever by Michael J. Fox done on this. This is coming from a person who lived with someone who has had it for quite a few years. It's sad to see Fox like this, but he's out there doing what he can to move Stem Cell research onward and hopefully, some day help some people.

Michael J. Fox has my sympathy with what he is going through, and I am disgusted with Limbaugh and his ilk downplaying the words of people who are suffering due to a lack of progress into researching cures for their disease. Rush has once again proven that he is incapable thinking before he speaks.

I'm beginning to see a trend that people like him and Anne Coulter strongly believe that human suffering is nothing more then leftist propaganda.

Totally unlike republican propaganda which is full of actors who are as fake the politions the comercials are supporting.

Sometimes I get so overwhelmed when I think about the potential for America and how the right wing have steered us so far from our potential. Whether it’s stem cell research, alternate sources of energy, human rights, our way of life, our pursuit of happiness has been so hi-jacked by the GOP. I am sick to think that Rush Limbaugh and people who like him call themselves Americans, with no sense of dignity or common decency. We can be so much better.

All can say is fuck Rush Limbaugh. I saw him mimicking Michael J. Fox. It takes a real sick fuck to have so much hatred in his heart. I really hope we can begin to take back our country this Nov.

It would be a real tragedy if America lets religious beliefs to rule on the decisions like Stem Cell Research and other important scientific researches.

There are very few countries on this planet which have the resources to carry out the required research....and U.S. is the leading one among them. Every minute of research in these crucial areas counts.

Hopefully the coming elections in NOv. might be the first chance to make a wrong right.

Sometimes I get so overwhelmed when I think about the potential for America and how the right wing have steered us so far from our potential. Whether it’s stem cell research, alternate sources of energy, human rights, our way of life, our pursuit of happiness has been so hi-jacked by the GOP. I am sick to think that Rush Limbaugh and people who like him call themselves Americans, with no sense of dignity or common decency. We can be so much better.

All can say is fuck Rush Limbaugh. I saw him mimicking Michael J. Fox. It takes a real sick fuck to have so much hatred in his heart. I really hope we can begin to take back our country this Nov.

Michael J. Fox kicks ass. If I was in his position I would have pointed out that Rush Limbaugh is a bloated hypocrite with the IQ of a plank of wood, but Michael managed to be classy and inspirational without a hint of malice.

He deserves any possible good fortune that could come his way.

Norm,

You keep posting up stuff like this and you might start giving atheists a good name. I'm normally a soulless cretin but even this interview stirred something inside me. Seriously though, no matter what a person's belief system is - inhumanity toward humanity is unacceptable. Fox is a geniune an compassionate humanbeing. THose who are calling him names need to take a good look at what they are doing and why. I'm pretty sure they will find the reason has nothing to do with honesty, compassion or concern for others - and is much more about knee-jerk reactionary paranoia and baseless anger.

I swear, it's like Dr. Seuss's "buttered toast" story. Everything is partisan to some people, even life and death.

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Michael J Fox needs to die so he can be the martyr of stem cell research.

In spite of his condition, he is still more articulate than our president. Nevermind how right he is.

I do disagree with him on respecting the beliefs of those who opposed stem cell research. I respect the people and their right to hold that opinion, but the belief itself is absolute nonsense.

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Ho..lee...shit. That was awesome. Poor Michael, nothing. I can't guess at how many people will see that, but that was far more effective than the original spot, which was itself very moving. It's too bad his condition prevents him from doing more public appearances -- a true Catch-22.

What a concept: having a real conversation about the issues with people who disagree with you. Michael is obviously concerned with where this country is going scientifically and morally. But the real tragedy is where this country has gone interpersonally. It seems that every campaign is a smear campaign. Honesty, rationality, and intergrity are no longer American values. Thanks to Mr. Fox for doing what he believes is right. I hope he lives to see the difference he has made.

Thanks for making that interview available. I hope some dittoheads had the chance to watch it.

Michael J. Fox has more class in one hair particle than Rush Limbaugh has in his entire 400 pound tub of flab that he calls his body. Between Limbaugh "imitating" Fox's Parkinson's effects to the racist political ads in Tennessee, I hope American's will finally wake up and realize what lying scum so many on the right are, and that they will do or say anything, or destroy anyone to get elected.

Wow. So well said. Hit all the right notes.

Using embryonic stem cells, which would be wasted anyway, is equal to "killing an unborn child"? I hope Fox is reaching some folks who've been sold a bill of goods by their preachers and politicians.

My thanks to Fox and all the people fighting for common-sense in something that will probably make a huge difference in my lifetime.

Katie Couric really comes off as a tool in this interview. I can't imagine anyone not being moved by Michael J. Fox's position.

Most conservatives, who consider themselves decent people, would be incredibly turned off by the open hostility of Rush, Katie and Matt. I'm sure that most identify far more with the media image of Michael J. Fox (formed in the 80's and 90's) than they do with Rush.

Very moving and thoughtful. He certainly comes of a thousand times classier than Mr. Limbaugh and his schoolyard antics.

Not that I'm a big fan of Katie Couric, however, she was very professional in stating the personal link to parkinsons disease.

Kudos to her for that.

LogicalAtheist posted,

Michael J Fox needs to die so he can be the martyr of stem cell research.

I don't agree with that, I think Limbaugh needs a good dose of Parkinson's Disease so he can cry to the government to fund research into it. The guy is a self serving jerk who gets too much attention.

Its too bad the Christian fundamentalists are incapable of sitting down and rationally talking because their entire viewpoint is irrational and emotional.

Life?

Life begins 4.6 billion years ago, with LUCA, last universal common ancestor, actually before, according to Peter Ward (what does he know?).

What is a Sperm? Is it dead? Is a human sperm a HUMAN sperm, human...life? And on and on and on, onanism is a sin, afterall (according to Michael Moore).

An Egg? A living human egg, alive, life, human, human life. A life contiguous with its ancestors which have been dividing for at least 4.6 billion years. Life!

We must evangelize, for very practical reasons.

Education,

[ a word whose root is cognate with -dox, as in "orthodox", and English "taught, took, -duct (in conduct)", and of course, "Doctor"]

e-duc-ation, is key. We are fighting, right here, for something more important than any one particular civilization.

LUCA is Adam, LUCA is me, and you, LIFE. 4.6 billion years of wisdom, vs. 6000 years of error and ignorance.

tired_democrat, I didn't sense any "open hostility" from Couric. She was being a cautiously neutral journalist-- that's her job. If she were to start saying "oh, yes, you're so right" that would be a total breach of accepted journo conduct.

Anyway. Wonderfully amazing clip. Thank you, Norm. I was very moved when I watched it immediately after it was posted last night. Been having trouble logging into Type Key. I will be thinking about Fox's words all day. He is such a likeable guy.

LogicalAtheist posted,

Michael J Fox needs to die so he can be the martyr of stem cell research.

Dude...What the hell are you talking man?

U seriously need to think over about this man.....

Here's what had me shaking my head a bit, and I'm paraphrasing heavily:

FOX: I don't want people's pity over my personal struggle.

(not two minutes later)

COURIC: How hard is it for you to do this today?

I know that interviewers have all their questions scripted out, but it really seems to me that a pro would have taken the hint and tabled questions like that in favor of talking about the general issue.

LogicalAtheist: Michael J Fox needs to die so he can be the martyr of stem cell research.

Is that troll I smell? This sounds suspiciously like a misinformed believer's caricature of what he thinks a "logical atheist" might say. The only people I know of so inhumane as to paint martyrdom as a positive thing are religious.

When did we get to this point??? How can Rush, Coulter, and the rest of the right wing extremists live with themselves??? We are all failing Micheal by not standing up and taking back what is ours this november... Power is numbers and we ALL must not listen or watch or purchase what is endorsed by the right... vote for change, vote democrat...

I can't comprehend how anyone could hold Michael J. Fox with contempt.

Good post.

Je t'adore Michael! Quel courage! I hope a lot of people will have the same courage and will go out to manifest to get stem cells reseach available to you. God is Good. God wants the best for his creatures. He wants us to use our brain for good & positive things. and to make it (good things) happens. Anything positive that happens is blessed. Fuck the "war on Terror"! This terror will degenerate the US population. Knowledge is power. Religion have no place in the goverment. religion should stay in the church. and in our heart.

here is the thing... Parkinsons' (among other diseases) is a wretched way to die. Michael J Fox speaks eloquently for those who suffer from this disease and those of us who have watched someone we love suffer from it, know the courage and humanity of any one willing to take the battle for stem cell research to the public. What is disconcerting to me, is the fact that some of the comments here are as vacuous and mean spirited as those of Rush L. I think he is both wrong, ignorant and mean spirited. I too feel enormous outrage at his position. THis for me, makes it all the more important to speak reasonably and intelligently to the folks against stem cell research, not to sink to their level - for the latter only obfuscates the issue and the deabte. I do not speak from some lofty an distant place about this disease and the others possibly assuaged thorugh the use of stem cell research. I also believe that whatever my personal experience, it is less importance for the compassion for the ill and the commitment to bring that compassion to clear action.

Man that really is hard to watch, and whether or not he wants my pity, hes got it now, and if not pity, something i cant describe. This would be a much better world if humans could easily cure all disease, and stem cells appear to be a big step in that direction.

i'm surprised they didn't criticize FOx for being Canadian...

How could one possibly disagree with what he's asking?

demoicurn: When did we get to this point??? How can Rush, Coulter, and the rest of the right wing extremists live with themselves???

To paraphrase Gaulder above, we got to this point when the extreme right started regarding genuine human suffering as a form of leftist propaganda. That is one of the best ways I've heard of expressing this.

To bring it to a more general (and necessarily less pithy) expression, it's like the economists say, "reality is a special case" of any social/political/economic theory. As soon as any political movement starts regarding real people as obstacles to their grand theories instead of the object of those theories, then whatever its merits, that movement has failed. And it's certainly not like the extreme left can't fall into this trap, too. As soon as you've forgotten the people, you've forgotten the point.

The far right has had a fairer chance to make their vision manifest than any such extreme position deserves, and they've dramatically proven the failings of their philosophy. It's time for them to go.

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I found this moving and the sincerity and maturity Fox brings is something you can't fake. For him, as it should be for all of us, this really is a big deal.

Rush Limbaugh is such a dolt for his actions, and Michael Fox is simply an honest decent person who is campaigning for sick people's rights. He has hit the nail on the head when it comes to using cells that would only be disposed of anyway.

For myself I think that there is a subtext to this nonsense that it is coming from the religious right and the Republicans. Correct me if I'm wrong but does the US constitution not allow any patenting of human genes? I suspect that the drugs industry is really behind the scenes, because they only have an interest in medical treatments that they can patent and make a profit from. If it wasn't for this, then the likes of Bush would brush aside the religious nutheads and let legislation go through.

Sorry if I am repeating something that has already been posted.

"democrats have a long history of using victims of various things as political spokespeople" -Rush

At least MJ Fox is a spokesperson of his own will. Um, remember Terri Schiavo?

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