UPDATE #2: I take that back. I was just home for lunch and caught about 20 minutes of the cable news networks. Man, do they want this story to live. They won’t give it up. The typical broadcast went like this:
"Well, Terri Schiavo died this morning, but the controversy is sure to rage for days and weeks. The fallout is political, legal, religious, and medical. And we’ll be talking with the experts for days and weeks and months to come. We LOVE this story! Not even her death can stop us! Bwaaaa-haha-haha! We’ll continue to suck at this cow’s teat until there’s nothing left to suck!!!!"
UPDATE #3: No, I take that take-back back. The MOST fucked response isn’t from the media, but from the right-wing, as I originally said. Huge wingnuttery this time in the form of Tom Delay, who took the opportunity to make threats against judges, doctors, and private citizens like Michael Schiavo:
Mrs. Schiavo’s death is a moral poverty and a legal tragedy. This loss happened because our legal system did not protect the people who need protection most, and that will change. The time will come for the men responsible for this to answer for their behavior, but not today. Today we grieve, we pray, and we hope to God this fate never befalls another. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Schindlers and with Terri Schiavo’s friends in this time of deep sorrow.
Runner-up in wingnuttery response goes to James Dobson who, according to Atrios:
is on CNN bitching about the courts going against "the will of the people" (ignoring the fact that, in this situation, the courts are clearly with the people). And, after his basic culture of life whine, he brought up the example of how people are overwhelmingly in support of "executing minors" and those dastardly courts won’t let it happen.