By Brian | July 13, 2008 | Share on Facebook
Man…in the last three months alone:
|Danny Federici||Yves Saint-Laurent||Cyd Charisse|
|Dick Martin||Bo Diddley||George Carlin|
|Sydney Pollack||Jim McKay|
|Harvey Korman||Tim Russert|
For those who aren’t Yankee fans, all I can say is that Bobby Murcer was one of the good guys in baseball. As a player, and then later as an announcer, he was always a fan favorite, due to his class and demeanor both on the field and off. As the only man to play with both Mickey Mantle and Don Mattingly, he brought a sense of humor and a sense of history to Yankee Stadium and to Yankee television broadcasts, and he will be sorely missed. In one sense, it’s a crying shame that he missed seeing the last All-Star game to be played at Yankee Stadium by just four days. On the other hand, the game (and it’s location) now serve as a perfect opportunity for the entire baseball community to pay their lasting respects.
As for Tony Snow, the story that always jumps to mind when I hear his name is the one he told often about how several of the radical, left-wing television pundits cheered on his initial cancer diagnosis with statements like “Good – I hope that sonofabitch dies!” Now that he has, Powerline points out some of what the Associated Press calls an obituary:
With a quick-from-the-lip repartee, broadcaster’s good looks and a relentlessly bright outlook — if not always a command of the facts — he became a popular figure around the country to the delight of his White House bosses.
[...] As press secretary, Snow brought partisan zeal and the skills of a seasoned performer to the task of explaining and defending the president’s policies. During daily briefings, he challenged reporters, scolded them and questioned their motives as if he were starring in a TV show broadcast live from the West Wing.
Critics suggested that Snow was turning the traditionally informational daily briefing into a personality-driven media event short on facts and long on confrontation. He was the first press secretary, by his own accounting, to travel the country raising money for Republican candidates.
The article contains the requisite quotes from his friends and former employers (including the President, of course), but is stuff like the above really necessary when the man dies? Can anyone read this as anything other than a petty, partisan, cheap shot? For shame, AP. You used to be one of the good ones…