Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Michael J. Fox ad shows extent politics corrupts

On his The Factor program last night Bill O'Reilly played the Michael J. Fox political ad supporting senatorial candidate, Claire McCaskill, for his guest conservative commentator, Sandy Rios, who calmly and with much decorum, didn't just allege M. Fox lied in the ad, she specifically stated M. Fox lied in the ad.


Catching up with Sandy Rios and Concerned Women for America
Janet Chismar
Senior Editor, News & Culture

As a voice for women who embrace biblical principles, Concerned Women for America (CWA) promotes public policy that strengthens women and the family. Founded in 1979, CWA is the nation's largest public policy women's organization, with well over 500,000 members nationwide.
Much of Concerned Women for America's success lies in its dedication to educating members on issues, legislation and policy debates. Armed with facts and information, CWA members present a powerful voice in their communities-and in the nation's capital.

Sandy Rios, the current president of CWA, leads the organization with a bold resolve to challenge the corruption of the American culture with a call to morality and truth. A pro-life advocate, she speaks with authority after raising her severely handicapped daughter, Sasha.

For eight years Rios hosted a cutting-edge, drive-time news and talk program, The Sandy Rios Show, on WYLL-FM in Chicago, the nation's third largest market. Described as a passionate conservative, Rios has been called upon to speak at conferences for Americans United for Life, Youth for Christ, African American Family Association, and the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.

Here's the Michael J. Fox ad transcript

"As you might know, I care deeply about stem cell research. In Missouri, you can elect Claire McCaskill who shares my hope for cures. Unfortunately, Senator Jim Talent opposes expanding stem cell research. Senator Talent even wants to criminalize the science that gives us a chance for hope. They say all politics is local, but it's not always the case. What you do in Missouri matters to millions of Americans. Americans like me."

Michael J. Fox Makes Stem Cell Vote Push Wednesday, October 25, 2006 By JAKE COYLE, AP Entertainment Writer

NEW YORK — The symptoms of Parkinson's disease that all but ended Michael J. Fox's acting career are making him a powerfully vulnerable campaign pitchman for five Democrats who support stem cell research.

In 30-second TV ads for Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin, who is running for the Senate in Maryland, Senate candidate Claire McCaskill in Missouri and Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle, Fox shakes and rocks as he directly addresses the camera, making no effort to hide the effects of his disease.

In the McCaskill ad, which has been viewed by more than 1 million people on, Fox tells voters,"What you do in Missouri matters to millions of Americans. Americans like me."

He also was planning to appear at events for Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey and Tammy Duckworth, a candidate for Congress from Illinois.,4670,MichaelJFoxCampaignAds,00.html

On the O'Reilly Factor, after watching the ad, Ms. Sandy Rios commented the M. Fox ad was misleading in that M. Fox generalized about all stem cell research and lied flat out when he said Senator Jim Talent opposed stem cell research. It is embryonic research Talent opposes. She said they don't distinguish between embryonic research and adult stem cell or cord research and use. Rios said the ad is misleading also in the prospects for cure for Parkinson's, using embryonic stem cells. Those have been tested, not much, and findings show embryonic stem cells cause tumors...


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Sean Hannity, appearing on Fox 'n Friends, Wednesday, said he believes the M. Fox ad is going to backfire this close to the election, 13 days out, charging Republican candidates' opposition to all stem cell research, isn't fair... it'll backfire on them...


M. Fox's political push flies in the face of findings, Stem cells might cause brain tumors, and one has to question, does he just not want to know about a potential for a cure that kills?

Stem cells might cause brain tumors, study finds Sunday, October 22, 2006

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Injecting human embryonic stem cells into the brains of Parkinson's disease patients may cause tumors to form, U.S. researchers reported on Sunday.

Steven Goldman and colleagues at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York said human stem cells injected into rat brains turned into cells that looked like early tumors.

Writing in the journal Nature Medicine, the researchers said the transplants clearly helped the rats, but some of the cells started growing in a way that could eventually lead to a tumor.

Various types of cell transplants are being tried to treat Parkinson's disease, caused when dopamine-releasing cells die in the brain.

This key neurotransmitter, or message-carrying chemical, is involved in movement and Parkinson's patients suffer muscle dysfunction that can often lead to paralysis. Drugs can slow the process for a while but there is no cure.

The idea behind brain cell transplants is to replace the dead cells. Stem cells are considered particularly promising as they can be directed to form the precise desired tissue and do not trigger an immune response.

Goldman's team used human embryonic stem cells. Taken from days-old embryos, these cells can form any kind of cell in the body. This batch had been cultured in substances aimed at making them become brain cells.

Previous groups have tried to coax stem cells into becoming dopamine-releasing cells.

Goldman's team apparently succeeded and transplanted them into the rats with an equivalent of Parkinson's damage. The animals did get better.

But the grafted cells started to show areas that no longer consisted of dopamine-releasing neurons, but of dividing cells that had the potential to give rise to tumors.

The researchers killed the animals before they could know for sure, and said any experiments in humans would have to be done very cautiously.

Scientists have long feared that human embryonic stem cells could turn into tumors, because of their pliability.

Opponents of embryonic stem cell research cite such threats...

Actor Michael J. Fox Endorses Maryland U.S. Senate Democratic Hopeful
Tuesday, October 24, 2006

...Douglas Stiegler, executive director of Maryland's Family Protection Lobby, which opposes embryonic stem cell research, said he felt it "is a shame that they're exploiting someone like Michael J. Fox for something that the scientists say is not going to do anything."...,2933,224339,00.html

Actor Michael J. Fox Endorses Maryland U.S. Senate Democratic Hopeful
Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Michael J. Fox endorses Rep. Benjamin Cardin's U.S. Senate bid in a new ad in which the actor, visibly affected by his battle with Parkinson's disease, criticizes Republican candidate Michael Steele's stance on stem cell research.

The spot is the latest in a series of ads by the actor in support of senate candidates who support stem cell research, which many say hold the promise for providing treatments or cures for many diseases and conditions. Many social conservatives oppose embryonic stem cell research because human embryos are destroyed in the process of obtaining the stem cells.

Steele, Maryland's lieutenant governor, supports research on adult stem cells and umbilical cord blood, but not research that requires destroying an embryo to secure stem cells.,2933,224339,00.html

Michael J. Fox Records TV Ad for Cardin Actor Questions Steele's Stance on Funding for Stem Cell Research By Matthew Mosk Washington Post Staff Writer Tuesday, October 24, 2006; Page B01

Appearing grimly unsteady from his long bout with Parkinson's disease, actor Michael J. Fox is inserting his halting voice into the campaign for the U.S. Senate in a new television commercial about the importance of stem cell research.

The ad, endorsing Democrat Benjamin L. Cardin in his race against Republican Michael S. Steele, bears witness to the actor's unmistakable decline and harnesses that physical degeneration into a political message.


Actor Michael J. Fox Ad Touts McCaskill
Monday, October 23, 2006 By SAM HANANEL, Associated Press Writer

...Jamieson notes that the issue of stem cell research has the potential to be an advantage to Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections since polls have shown the majority of Americans favor some form of stem cell research. The risk, she adds, is that the ads could appear as using Fox's hopes for a cure for political gain, as some claimed was the case when the paralyzed actor Christopher Reeve lobbied for stem cell research before his death in 2004...,4670,MichaelJFoxCampaignAds,00.html

Note: Jamieson doesn't highlight another effect of M. Fox lying about embryonic stem cell research promise and merit. Once the "thinking" public takes off the Hollywood sunglasses and catches on, his message will be discredited, and will be seen as purely "political," having little to do with a true and honest search for a cure for debilitating diseases such as Parkinson's.


Actor Michael J. Fox Ad Touts McCaskill
Monday, October 23, 2006 By SAM HANANEL, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON — His body visibly wracked by tremors, actor Michael J. Fox speaks out for Missouri Democratic Senate candidate Claire McCaskill in a television ad that promotes her support for embryonic stem cell research.

"As you might know I care deeply about stem cell research,"says 45-year-old actor, who has struggled with Parkinson's disease for more than a decade."In Missouri you can elect Claire McCaskill, who shares my hope for cures."

McCaskill has made support for the research a key part of her campaign to unseat Sen. Jim Talent. The Republican incumbent opposes the research as unethical, saying it destroys human embryos.

The new ad debuted prominently Saturday night during Game 1 of the World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Detroit Tigers and will continue airing statewide this week, a campaign spokeswoman said.

Debate over stem cell research looms large in Missouri, where voters are considering a ballot measure that would amend the state constitution to protect all federally allowed forms of the research, including embryonic stem cell research. The scientific study holds promise in the search to cure diseases like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's...,4670,MissouriSenateAd,00.html

Monday, October 23, 2006
On That Michael J. Fox Ad
Posted by Dean Barnett | 11:58 AM
There’s a new Michael J. Fox ad on stem cell research that supports Claire McCaskill’s campaign. Click over and watch it. It will take you only 30 seconds, and I promise I’ll still be here when you get back.

By way of response, let me first say that I think almost any kind of ad in support of a political campaign is fair game. If a candidate goes too far, the public will punish him or her. So while I find the Michael J. Fox ad crass, tasteless, exploitative and absurd, I fully support Claire McCaskill’s right to shoot herself in the foot.

Rob Schneider Rips L.A. Times James Hirsen
Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2005
Michael J. Fox: Stem Cell Research Not 'Frankenstinian'

Michael J. Fox has become a national spokesman of sorts for embryonic stem cell research...

Apparently, the actor has yet to be educated on the distinction between adult stem cell research, which has hundreds of thousands of positive results to its credit, and so-called therapeutic cloning, which, when it comes to positive results, has an uncloned goose egg.

The public has been misled by press reports that have failed to convey info about the two types of stem cells - one that takes life, the other that saves it.

In embryonic stem cell research, human life is actually created through cloning, only to be destroyed. The dirty little secret is that certain scientists and biotech firms want to get taxpayers to "assist" them in obtaining profitable cloning patents.

Under the guise of finding cures for diseases, taxpayers are duped into funding research on cloning.

"There's nothing Frankenstinian happening here," Fox said after his tour. "It's good science and it's for the benefit of all people."

Stem cells might cause brain tumors, study finds

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Injecting human embryonic stem cells into the brains of Parkinson's disease patients may cause tumors to form, U.S. researchers reported on Sunday...

stem cells might cause tumors

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