Roger Ailes, Dead – Some Thoughts!

May 18, 2017

Roger Ailes, Dead – Some Thoughts!

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For those of us who communicate in the public sphere about this and that, the passing of a person of less than sterling character presents many challenges. Deeply held beliefs about basic decency bump up against the need to be candid about a life lived poorly, especially when the decedent harmed many among us.

The passing of Justice Antonin Scalia brought those challenges into focus. On February 14, 2016, less than a day after Justice Scalia died, I posted Scalia – Thoughts about First Reactions!, in which I focused on the very issue mentioned in the preceding paragraph. (I found some comments about Justice Scalia truly offensive.) Four days later,

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RIP, Stephen C.!

December 20, 2014

A famous man died this past week. He looked like he was about 50, often acted like he was a toddler, and celebrated his ninth birthday this past October.

You won’t find any reference to the passing on the obituaries page of any major newspaper. You can, however, see the “funeral” right here, in full or part.

When I first started watching Stephen Colbert at The Colbert Report I thought he was more than a little “out there.” I favored Jon Stewart, with a more polished, traditional approach to skewering those who need a poke in the eye anywhere with a sharp object. Over time, though, I turned into

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