Weekly Standard executive editor and Fox News contributor Fred Barnes echoed a false claim he made days earlier, stating that Terri Schiavo's brain "[h]asn't been examined for 10 years." In fact, a computed tomography (CT) scan was performed on Schiavo's brain in 2002.
During a roundtable discussion on the March 27 edition of Fox Broadcasting Co.'s Fox News Sunday, Barnes said of Schiavo: “And look at the facts that are at least in question. Was she thoroughly examined in the first place? She didn't have an MRI [magnetic resonance imaging], didn't have a PET [positron emission tomography] scan -- normal in these cases. Hasn't been examined for 10 years. So there's that.” Barnes made a similar claim on the March 24 edition of Fox News' Special Report with Brit Hume: “Well, she hasn't had a brain test for 10 years, Juan [Williams, fellow panelist], 10 years.”
As Media Matters for America documented, the Associated Press reported on March 24 that Schiavo's “most recent brain scans and examinations were done in 2002,” and a November 22, 2002, ruling by the Pinellas County, Florida, Circuit Court denying an appeal by Schiavo's parents to prevent the removal of her feeding tube referred to the results of a CT scan -- or CAT scan -- Schiavo had received in 2002.