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Friday, April 1, 2005

New York, NY ( -- CBS News is coming under fire for prewriting and posting to its news web site a story claiming Terri Schiavo had died. The article, penned by Christine Lagorio, claims Terri's estranged husband Michael was with her when she died and was posted on the CBS News web page on Monday, according to radio talk show host Glenn Beck, who discovered it. "Surrounded by stuffed animals and medical equipment in her small hospice room in Pinellas Park, Fla., Theresa Marie Schindler Schiavo died TK," the story says.

Lagorio wrote that after her death Terri "appeared made up and dressed" and claimed that Terri's estranged husband Michael "was at the bedside of his wife Terri when she died." CBS News spokeswoman Sandy Genelius told that the story was "a draft that was stored on the web site" but not intended to be accessible to the public. Genelius said the news story was accidentally saved a portion of the web site accessible to search engines and she told that CBS News "removed the story as soon as the error was discovered, and we sincerely regret any confusion that may have resulted." Lori Kehoe, who monitors end of life issues for the National Right to Life Committee, told she was amazed at the development.

"The fact that many have probably written the framework of press releases for Terri's death highlights the nature of this monstrosity -- the intent is not to relieve any of the burden from Terri but rather to make sure she dies -- and they wait with bated breath," Kehoe said. "CBS should be ashamed but everyone else should simply take note -- mainstream media is again creating the news instead of reporting it," Kehoe told

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