Thursday, August 23, 2007

PolitiFact's Truth-o-Meter: President Bush is Not Brain Dead

TampaBay is fortunate to have one of the best newspapers in the world--The St. Petersburg Times. New site to bookmark is the with its Truth-o-Meter.

"The president is brain-dead."--Joe Biden.

Irresponsible claim (and wrong medical diagnosis)
Pants on fire!

During a campaign stop in Iowa on July 4, the six-term senator declared, “This guy is brain-dead.”

It’s an extreme charge, since brain death is defined as “irreversible unconciousness with complete loss of brain function” (Encyclopedia of Death and Dying).

Needless to say, we find the charge ridiculous. There’s no evidence Biden performed the necessary medical tests to make such a diagnosis. We would have accepted the results of a cerebral blood flow study or proof that Biden had examined Bush to see if he had an oculocephalic reflex.

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