Fox Criticism

November 1, 2006
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Voices: Fox criticism

November 01, 2006 01:07 am

— This is in response to Mike Pound’s column (Globe, Oct. 26).
First Mike, I couldn’t agree with you more; Rush Limbaugh can be a moron. Second, I’m in favor of Amendment 2.
But, on a third point of Michael J. Fox and the ad, a difference does emerge. Fox has previously admitted going off his medication to show his symptoms at their worst for greater dramatic effect. (Hmmmmm, an actor going for the greatest dramatic effect, imagine that.) Fox’s disease is devastating, his story heartbreaking, but neither should give him a free pass to enter the political arena unchallenged.
You state: “Hey, debate all you want about Fox’s position on stem cell research, but don’t attack him personally for his stance. …”
But it was he, Fox, who chose to make it personal when he used his disease and the amendment to lend personal support to one candidate, a candidate who, even if elected, will hold little more power over the issue than he (Fox) would. Democrat Claire McCaskill or Republican Jim Talent in Washington is a separate issue over support/non-support of Amendment 2. I expected such deceit from a desperate McCaskill camp, but not from Fox.
Like it or not, the fact that Fox didn’t just stop at supporting the amendment, but leads voters to believe that a vote for Talent is a vote to kill the cure is about as close to the definition of shilling as it gets. Fox has every right to speak his mind and espouse his beliefs. He does not however, have a right to morph issues and mislead voters and then use his disease to avoid criticism and debate.
Geoff Caldwell
Joplin

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