President Ford Dies; Instant Obit Surfaces
posted by Dan Filler
Gerald Ford, a rare “regular guy” President, has just died. I remember him as being bland and unremarkable, though I did appreciate his WIN (whip inflation now) buttons. Wasn’t that a simpler age?
The thing about ex-Presidents is that every paper of record is ready with a full-tilt obituary at the moment a death is announced. Thus, I discovered the news at the Washington Post a second ago…and this annoucement came with a five webpage story behind it. This is to be expected, I suppose. Still, I would have preferred a few hours of “breaking news”, complete with only a short story. Somehow the delivery of the insta-obit took the focus off the news event itself. And it almost seems more respectful not to deliver the canned bio so quickly. At least make it look like someone scurried around for a few hours.