LOS ANGELES (Reuters) -
Comedian George Carlin, a
counter-culture hero famed for his routines about drugs, dirty
words and the demise of humanity, died of heart failure at a
Los Angeles-area hospital on Sunday. He was 71.
CNN and MSNBC suspended regular programming, and NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams devoted most of its broadcast to tributes from journalists and friends of Russert. Tributes have also been written by writers at many of the nation's leading newspapers and magazines, including U.S. News & World Report, the Wall Street Journal, Barron's, Time, Reuters, Associated Press, the Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, Forbes, The Village Voice, and both of Seattle's dailies.
Russert is survived by his wife, Vanity Fair writer Maureen Orth, and their son, Luke, who had just graduated from Boston College. The family had just returned from a trip to Rome. Russert was 58. News reports indicate that he died of a coronary embolism, but an autopsy is pending.
Condolences to Russert's family, friends and colleagues.
I never cease to be amazed at our vacuous, vapid and venal purveyors of "information" and enlightenment: the media. In all its forms it fails us miserably. Individually there are a few decent examples of honest journalism. Keith Olbermann is not one of them, no matter how much in love with him progressives have fallen. Perhaps somebody should wake me when (and if) he proves why anybody should trust or respect him, ever again. There are, however, still depths to which he can and will sink:
Well, maybe we are making a small dent in sexism and misogyny after watching the performance of media professionals (and others who will go unnamed but fall under the general heading of Liberal/Progressive) during the primary campaigns. News articles over the past four days have been filled with story after story about not only the depth and breadth of sexism and misogyny displayed, but the admiration and respect Clinton has earned - even among detractors. Some examples:
There are severalarticulatewomen at Salon who are more than a little ticked at the way Clinton was treated during the primary season. Several more women who regularly post letters/comments at Salon have written that they refuse to fall in line and support Barack Obama for POTUS, for which many men are giving them great grief.