This week, Jon Stewart announced his retirement from The Daily Show. He'll be missed -- not just because he was funny, but because he told the truth in an era when much of the media wouldn't. Later that same night, 60 Minutes correspondent Bob Simon was killed in a car accident. "There was nothing simple about Bob Simon," said Anderson Cooper. "Except that he was simply the best." The next day, David Carr collapsed and died in the New York Times newsroom. The grace and wisdom he earned the hard way suffused his generous spirit. He never sugar-coated his insights, especially about recovery and redemption. "We all walk this earth feeling we are frauds," he wrote. "The trick is to be grateful and hope the caper doesn't end any time soon." Sadly, with David and Bob Simon, it ended much too soon.
Why do some people in the media announce months, maybe a year or a year plus in advance that they will be leaving their jobs on TV? What happened to just finishing your contract (as agreed to) and just going? I don't get it. Why the big fanfare? Is this more of the media and its "me, me and me" mentality?
The notion that we see our electoral politics as akin to the 2004 Indonesian tsunami or any of the countless other natural disasters which have killed millions without warning is telling. And what it suggests about who we are politically is of far greater concern than which party narrowly captures the Senate in November.