Thursday, February 01, 2007

Death of a Great Reporter

Any fan of muckraking journalism knows that one reporter was head and shoulders above the rest: Molly Ivins, the Texas journalist and former New York Times reporter. Molly died yesterday of complications from cancer.

Here is the an obit in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and a reminiscence by a former boss, Mike Blackman. President Bush, to his credit (since she had skewered the hell out of him) issued a statement paying tribute to her great wit.

Here's a tribute by John Nichols in The Nation (with a reference to her famous "gang-pluck" gag that wasn't fit to print in the Times this morning).

Molly was part of a dying breed. She will be missed.

© 2007 Gary Weiss. All rights reserved.


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