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CBS Ignores Arlen Specter Cancer Comments

05.04.09 10:43 AM

Following controversial comments about the death of former Republican vice presidential candidate Jack Kemp by newly Democratic Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter on Sundayís Face the Nation on CBS, neither Sundayís CBS Evening News nor Mondayís Early Show made any mention of the remarks.

While talking to Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer, Specter suggested that if members of Congress had supported his legislative efforts on cancer research funding, people like Kemp may still be alive and certain cancers may have been cured:
And one of the items that Iím working on, Bob, is funding for medical research. Iíve been the spear carrier to increase medical research. And Iíve even established a Web site, specterforthecure.com, to try to get people to put more pressure on Congress to join me in getting more funding. This medical research has been a reawakening-- the ten billion dollars. We were about to lose a whole generation of scientists. And now theyíre enthused. There are fifteen thousand applications to be granted. If we had pursued what President Nixon declared in 1970 as the war on cancer, we would have cured many strains. I think Jack Kemp would be alive today. And that research has saved or prolonged many lives, including mine. Now, as the New York Times pointed out in a column today, when you talk about life and death and medical research, thatís a much more major consideration on what I can do, continuing in the Senate, contrasted with which party I belong to.

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Apparently, CBS did not see anything controversial in such a self-aggrandizing statement.



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