OBITUARY FOR “A. J.”

 

 On November 4, 2008, American Journalism, or “A.J.” as he was affectionately known by friends, passed away after a relatively short illness.  A.J. was born in 1776, the only child of his proud father, Thomas Paine.  Thomas Paine named his child “Common Sense,” but over the years A.J. would become known by many different names.  A.J. lived a long and tumultuous life that spanned the Revolutionary War, the Civil War and two World Wars.  A.J. reported on the westward expansion of the country from 13 original colonies to the current 50 states.  He experienced the Great Depression that started in 1929, and witnessed the economic boom of the past six decades that resulted in the United States becoming the greatest economic and military power in all human history.

 

A.J. suffered a heart attack in 2003, when The New York Times admitted that one of its journalists, Jayson Blair, was guilty of committing “journalistic fraud” over a period of several years.  A.J.’s health continued to deteriorate steadily from this point on.  Millions of friends became very concerned when A.J. would slip in and out of consciousness and even display symptoms of delusions and dementia.  Near the end, A.J. would simply fail to show up for important news stories all together.  A.J. was completely absent from such historic events as the victory in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the near collapse of the U.S. economy that was a result of policies such as The Community Reinvestment Act going back as far as 1977, and the amazing story of the prevention of another single terrorist attack on American soil since September 11, 2001.  Sadly, just months before passing away, A.J. experienced an acute split-personality disorder and became actively involved in a partisan political campaign that resulted in the final direct cause of death.  Seventy percent of all people recognized the seriousness of this illness for what it was, and it was well documented in a Pew Research Center study.  A.J. was simply too far gone at that point to be saved, or to even recognize that he was gravely ill.

 

There will be no viewing of the body, however, a public memorial, of sorts, will be held on January 20, 2009 on the steps of the Capitol building in Washington, D.C.  In lieu of flowers, friends of A.J. ask that you simply pretend that he has not died and that you just continue on in the false belief that he is alive and well.

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2 Responses to “OBITUARY FOR “A. J.””

  1. on the pike Says:

    You forgot the stroke A.J. had on September 8, 2004 when Dan Rather reported on Bush’s National Guard Duty on the now-defunct “60 Minutes II”. Fortunately, after extensive therapy, A.J. was deemed partially recovered on January 10, 2005 (http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/09/08/60II/main641984.shtml).

    In lieu of flowers, friends of A.J. should be asking that those who honor his memory will keep his message alive by creating and/or adopting and supporting the blog world. We, as a country, cannot afford to lose the integrity with which A.J. was originally conceived and born.

  2. Josh Says:

    My heart goes out to A.J.’s family. A.J. was once the greatest equalizer and kept our elected representitves, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE’S EMPLOYEE’S, in check. But now, without A.J., I wonder who we can charge to expose who the frauds are in our Legislative, Juditial, and Executive branches.

    Yes, we should keep the blogsphere alive and well, but how do we get it to the masses as well as A.J. once did? Yes competition is good, but too much can throttle the message. What can be done?

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