Jim Walsh's Big Hairy Weblog Thingy

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Lemmings, We Are Lemmings...

Here's a story I came across recently:

Florida pain patient Richard Paey, who is serving a 25-year sentence for drug trafficking even though he never trafficked in drugs, seems to have been punished for seeking media attention. After he gave an interview to New York Times columnist John Tierney, he was transferred to a prison farther from his family and threatened with loss of the pain treatment he is receiving through a morphine pump. Paey's supporters are hoping publicity will pressure Florida Gov. Jeb Bush to pardon him.

It's a powerful story with the potential for some compelling and stimulating conversation.

Naturally not a single talk host in Florida, or anywhere else for that matter, is touching it.

Instead, they keep hitting us over the head with Libby, Sheehan, DeLay, etc. because god knows we can't get enough of those stories. (sigh)