NPR does it again

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What important adjective is missing from this story?
Missouri Race May Hinge on Stem-Cell Opinions
by Greg Allen
All Things Considered, May 2, 2006
Election 2006
Supporters of stem-cell research in Missouri have likely turned in enough signatures to place a measure protecting stem-cell research on the ballot. But Sen. Jim Talent (R-MO) has announced he will oppose the measure -- a stance that pro-life groups had long requested.

The adjective is embryonic.
Here's a letter that I sent NPR on this very topic.
And here, following, is the reply I rec'd - almost a full month after my original letter. Do you think it would be worthwhile to send in another letter on the same topic?

Dear Alicia,

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We appreciate your comments concerning a piece heard while listening to NPR programming.

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That's what I thought. But I somehow feel compelled to try again.
My letter is below. Let's see what, if any, response I get.
Dear NPR:
In February, I sent you a short letter about your editorial use (or non-use) of the adjective "embryonic" in connection with the controversies in stem-cell research. I would like once again to point out that those of us in the pro-life movement are NOT categorically opposed to stem-cell research - we are simply opposed to the destructive use of human embryos for that research. We support stem cell research when those cells are derived in a morally acceptable manner and not through the cannibalistic use of human embryos. Please, when you forgo the precise use of language in such a controversial area as this, you create misconceptions and also reveal your personal and corporate biases.

I am attaching to this email copies of our prior correspondance. I hope that you will have to courtesy to reply once again and preferably not with boiler plate more than a month after my original letter.


Well said..

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