Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Just When We Needed Him Most

Last week, we lost Wayne Barrett, one of New York's venerable investigative reporters. Barrett's contributions to the Village Voice, his regular exposure of venality and corruption, made the paper a must-read- the perfect accompaniment to a ride from Manhattan to the Bronx. Barrett was one of the go-to sources on local boor-and-bigshot Donald Trump, who is now an international boor-and-bigshot. Wayne's passing, the night before the Trump Inauguration, is especially tragic because his ethics, his tenacity, his devotion to the truth are needed now more than ever. Wayne, you were always a good companion on the subway, a guide and a teacher... why did you leave us at this inopportune time?

Post title inspired by this bit of 70s schmaltz... I had to look it up because I didn't know who sange it.

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