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My take: Don't need Fox News to tell us how to mourn

Cable news commentators, many from Fox News, have laid into Wednesday's memorial service organizers and attendees alike.You know what, Brit Hume? The satellite trucks are pulling out of town, the last medical briefing has been given, the media are moving on to the next big story. We're the ones who remain.... Read more»

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Jan 14, 2011, 2:55 pm
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Well said!

Jan 14, 2011, 3:43 pm
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I, too, thought it was amazing, although I only watched it on TV.  I cried many times, starting from the opening invocation by Mr. Gonzales.  It was the first time I cried since last Saturday, and I needed that.  And I smiled when I heard the cheering throughout. I needed that, too.
It’s must be a sad life when you wake up each morning realizing that you have to find events or people to bash that day in order to keep your job as a TV anchor, radio news host or print reporter.

Jan 14, 2011, 4:08 pm
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Well done.

Jan 14, 2011, 5:53 pm
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Thank you for this commentary. Some of the friends who watched the memorial service with me were quick to say that it was “too religious.” When I reminded them that it was a memorial service, not a political rally, they were quick to apologize for their critique.  I thought that the President’s speech was just what this city needed, and it reminded me of why I voted for him.  I was feeling hopeless before the memorial, but I’m glad I watched, because the event renewed my hope that we can change things for the better.

Jan 14, 2011, 6:14 pm
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Thank you Dylan for well chosen words that reflect the spirit of what occurred at the Memorial. Not only the people of Tucson but the people of our country needed to share in the spirit of Tucson coming together. Those who were not moved to tears and to hope are callous indeed.

Jan 14, 2011, 9:18 pm
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Well Said Dylan.

Jan 15, 2011, 9:06 am
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There has been a ton of knee-jerk criticism of the event, mostly by people who’s real motivation was to deny the president a win and who were willing to do it at Tucson’s expense.

Funny thing is, I don’t think the president was going for a win. But those on the right are feeling like their ability to foster outrage is now threatened and feeling like they need to try to do whatever they can to salvage it.

All that is to say that I don’t think the criticism is really personal. These particular complainers would criticize their mother if the criticism also tarnished Obama.

Jan 15, 2011, 10:23 am
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Thank you for putting into words what has been in my thoughts. I thoroughly appreciated our Tucson wake. Many Americans just don’t get the whole “Tucson thing”. Pity. I love Tucson and the “big, small town” atmosphere with its dusty roads and funky feel. The shooting could have happened anywhere, but the response to the emergency, the rally of support and the respect for allowing people to express their grief in their way is a “Tucson thing”.

Jan 15, 2011, 10:53 am
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Having read this, the first thing that comes to mind is:

Right. Farking. On.

I live in Portland, Oregon and watched…with many tears…the beautiful service. I couldn’t believe my eyes and ears as I witnessed the various talking heads yammering on. And on. And on.

Thank you for speaking my mind.

Jan 15, 2011, 6:05 pm
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