Last updated on: 8/17/2011 | Author: ProCon.org

New York Times Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“Dr. Jack Kevorkian – a k a ‘Doctor Death’ for helping chronically ill and terminally ill patients commit suicide – has emerged from prison as deluded and unrepentant as ever. Brushing aside criticism by other supporters of medically assisted suicide that his tactics were reckless and harmful to their cause…

The irony, of course, is that he did it wrong, and in performing assisted suicides so badly, he besmirched the movement he hoped to energize. If his antics provided anything of value, it was as a reminder of how much terminally ill patients can suffer and of the need for sane and humane laws allowing carefully regulated assisted suicides.”

“Dr. Kevorkian’s Wrong Way,” Editorial, New York Times, June 5, 2007

Description:

“The New York Times is dedicated to providing news coverage of exceptional depth and breadth, as well as opinion that is thoughtful and stimulating. Widely quoted, and often hotly debated, The Times is held by its readers to the highest of standards and continues to be regarded by many as the nation’s pre-eminent newspaper. It has earned far more Pulitzers than any other paper, and it has a global news staff that covers the wide range of our readers’ interests: from world, national and New York issues to business, culture, science, religion, style, food, health and homes. A resource of the influential, The Times also gives voice to those without influence. While our readers are as diverse as the subjects we cover, one trait is common to all of them: the need to know.”

“Did You Know? Facts About the New York Times,” www.nytco.com (accessed Aug. 17, 2011)

Mission:

“Enhance society by creating, collecting and distributing high-quality news, information and entertainment.”

“Did You Know? Facts About the New York Times,” www.nytco.com (accessed Aug. 17, 2011)

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