January 28, 2006

Bill Frist joined Tim Russert on MTP this morning and looked like a deer caught in the headlights for most of the show. Tim did do some follow up question for a change and at times did a good job, but he forgot to ask him about Ann Coulter's "rat poisoning" joke oddly enough.<snark> I think the pressure we have been putting on Tim finally showed today. Frist clearly couldn't come up with a rational explanation about Bush's warrantless spying program and stammered his way through most of the interview.

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(MTP Transcript) On Terri Schiavo:

MR. RUSSERT: Do you regret going to the floor of the Senate and saying, "I watched the videotape and that's not a persistent vegetative state."

SEN. FRIST: No, I don't. I'm a physician. I was watching a board-certified neurologist...

MR. RUSSERT: Were you wrong?

SEN. FRIST: In terms of what? In terms of di-no. To raise the question in order to pass a law that says, "Let's give it more review?" No.

MR. RUSSERT: Were you wrong in your diagnosis?

SEN. FRIST: I didn't make the diagnosis. I raised the question of whether or not she's in a persistent vegetative state. If I had been there, I would have said, "Let’s use technology today, like spectrometry, like PET scans to get the diagnosis right," because the only reason you can remove that tube-the other thing...

MR. RUSSERT: No regrets?

He looked like a fool over his video taped diagnosis of Terri's condition and he wouldn't admit to Russert that he did make a diagnosis for her which was completely politically motivated? (not to mention probably unethical being a doctor and all.) Tim could have had an Oprah moment with Frist and said " You lied because you did make a diagnosis on TV. It was played over and over again." Please discuss his response to his stock scandal as well...

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