R.I.P. Anthony Lewis

Award-winning, long-time (former) New York Times reporter, columnist and professor Anthony Lewis has died. Here is a link to a collection of his writings.

A few examples: The Imperial Presidency and Silencing Gideon's Trumpet and Guantanamo's Long Shadow. In the New York Times Review of Books: Making Torture Legal.

R.I.P. Anthony Lewis.

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    I remember reading Gideon's Trumpet (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by Dadler on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 12:08:37 PM EST
    Like it was yesterday. RIP.

    I am very sorry to hear this (5.00 / 3) (#2)
    by sj on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 12:42:41 PM EST
    We have a lost a great voice.  RIP.

    Anthony Lewis, (5.00 / 2) (#3)
    by lentinel on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 01:06:16 PM EST
    will have a special place in my heart for his articulate opposition to the war in Vietnam.

    Oddly, or predictably, the New York Times in its obit does not mention that.

    It mentions many accomplishments, but not that.

    In 1972, Mr. Lewis wrote:

    To send B-52s against populous areas such as Haiphong or Hanoi could have only one purpose: terror. It was the response of a man (Nixon) so overwhelmed by his sense of inadequacy and frustration that he had to strike out, punish, destroy.

    Not many people echoed his clearly stated sentiments.

    Not many people echo them even now with respect to the horrific actions of GW Bush.

    one purpose: terror.. (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by jondee on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 01:19:21 PM EST
    he got that right..

    Terrorism isn't just an act that swarthy, freedom-hating people, possessed by exotic beliefs, perpetrate..


    What (none / 0) (#9)
    by lentinel on Tue Mar 26, 2013 at 06:27:40 PM EST
    was "shock and awe" if not terror.

    I really have contempt for Bush.

    But I also harbor contempt for those currently in power who will not hold him to account.


    Guatemala (5.00 / 1) (#8)
    by MKS on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 06:18:24 PM EST
    Anthony Lewis was one of the first and among the few to write about the atrocities in Guatemala.

    A great journalist (none / 0) (#4)
    by christinep on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 01:15:22 PM EST
    Anthony Lewis defined what a NYTimes reporter should and could be.  My husband & I were loyal followers back in the day. RIP.

    Anthony Lewis represents ... (none / 0) (#6)
    by Donald from Hawaii on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 01:24:26 PM EST
    ... the gold standard of journalism. His professionalism and intellect will be dearly missed.

    In sharp contrast, David Gregory and Luke Russert represent jounralism's aluminum foil standard, by which they're mesmerized by their own reflection on its shiny side, and Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly and the Fox News clown car are simply the logical end result of journalism having had to take a laxative to relieve its cramps.

    In my 20s I read his Gideon's (none / 0) (#7)
    by brodie on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 01:37:02 PM EST
    Trumpet -- a major impact bestseller from the mid-60s.

    In the pre-email era, I wrote him a rather impassioned letter responding, I think, to yet another column he wrote -- probably on the 25th anniversary of the assassination -- where he again stood by the WC's findings, as all Timesmen then and now are expected to do.

    I got back a very polite letter briefly explaining his pov, which I found unconvincing of course.  But was happy I'd reached him.

    Actually I think my letter initially was responding to a column published in the LAT by Alan Dershowitz calling into question the WC's findings -- and AD forwarded it to Lewis.  

    Good guy Lewis, and an influential liberal columnist in his time.  Unfortunately they put him out to pasture a little prematurely, imo, and he did have a rather stubborn streak about Dallas and his LN/anti-conspiracy perspective.