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NFT: RIP Jimmy Breslin

Earl the goat : 3/19/2017 12:39 pm
Died this morning at age of 88 of pneumonia
RIP.  
yatqb : 3/19/2017 12:49 pm : link
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What  
AcidTest : 3/19/2017 12:54 pm : link
a critically important voice. One of the greatest journalists ever. RIP. God bless.
I grew up in Howard Beach  
Earl the goat : 3/19/2017 12:56 pm : link
And remember him covering the Son of Sam case
To Breslin  
hammock man : 3/19/2017 1:20 pm : link
the King was never dressed. How many times we read his column and were astounded by his fearlessness. And, He made you smile at the irony."Don't miss Breslin" we'd tell a friend.
Piels  
The Turk : 3/19/2017 1:28 pm : link
Its a good drinking beer
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RIP  
feelflows : 3/19/2017 2:02 pm : link
I went to Hofstra for journalism. Mr. Breslin was a huge contributor to our program. He was very generous and a great man.
RIP -  
Ira : 3/19/2017 2:08 pm : link
A man with a conscience and a sense of humor.
One of The Best, Sad What's Become of the Newspaper Game  
Suburbanites : 3/19/2017 4:10 pm : link
Particularly at the Daily News. I grew up reading the News and Post everyday, before blogs and other alternative media outlets daily newspapers were the pulse of a city. Oh how I miss the old timers especially Jimmy Breslin but also Pete Hamill, Ray Kerrison, Murray Kempton and many others. It didn't matter if you shared their political persuasion or not, they were pro's, the proverbial old time cigar and coffee guys banging it out on Royal typewriter or meeting with a source late at night at a bar in the Bronx. Today you hardly ever see someone reading an actual newspaper as none of them have successfully been able to transition to a business model that works in today's online and low attention span world.

Just take a look at today's NYDN. Does anyone really think a fraud like Shaun King would have survived 5 minutes in a newsroom with Jimmy Breslin? RIP Jimmy,I'm sure he would have signed up for 88 and right or not you know he loved living longer than Mayor Koch. His life wasn't easy, he lived with a hard edge and sadly outlived two daughters which I'm sure devastated him. But at least to me his death symbolizes so much more than the end of his natural life, it's a sobering reminder of the sad state of the Daily News and print journalism in general.
Grea writer  
Jay in Toronto : 3/19/2017 5:06 pm : link
back when the Post was a real newspaper.

RIP
Agree with a lot of your points on newspapers  
bceagle05 : 3/19/2017 5:16 pm : link
but they had a great run. Print journalism has been around for centuries - whatever is replacing it won't be around for a fraction of the time. And the decline of newspapers has coincided with a drastic downward turn for news coverage in general - I don't think that's a coincidence. It is truly sad that most people get their news from whatever memes they see shared on Facebook.
RE: Agree with a lot of your points on newspapers  
Suburbanites : 3/19/2017 5:33 pm : link
In comment 13399183 bceagle05 said:
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but they had a great run. Print journalism has been around for centuries - whatever is replacing it won't be around for a fraction of the time. And the decline of newspapers has coincided with a drastic downward turn for news coverage in general - I don't think that's a coincidence. It is truly sad that most people get their news from whatever memes they see shared on Facebook.


You make some good points.
Breslin crapped on Reagan the day he died  
twostepgiants : 3/19/2017 5:52 pm : link
To the point I stopped buying the Daily News. It was that repugnant

He literally wrote "Ronald Reagan hated children"

This is in the newspaper on the day Reagan died. I guess this is the type of work people praise as genius.

Another lefty writing lefty things that lefties love that wins praises from other lefties.

Maybe I'll buy the Daily News tomorrow.
Nice post at 4:10, Suburbanites  
Lurts : 3/19/2017 5:56 pm : link
And thanks for recalling some of the others in the pantheon.

Murray Kempton was always a vein of gold. I lived in Chicago for a few years and got to feast on Mike Royko, too.
RE: Breslin crapped on Reagan the day he died  
feelflows : 3/19/2017 7:10 pm : link
In comment 13399221 twostepgiants said:
Quote:
To the point I stopped buying the Daily News. It was that repugnant

He literally wrote "Ronald Reagan hated children"

This is in the newspaper on the day Reagan died. I guess this is the type of work people praise as genius.

Another lefty writing lefty things that lefties love that wins praises from other lefties.

Maybe I'll buy the Daily News tomorrow.


I had a dog like that. Would bite someone's ankle as they were walking OUT.
That's what I call  
RetroJint : 3/19/2017 10:13 pm : link
Piel's Draft. A good, drinking beer. So said NYC's Hemingway in a dreadful beer commercial. Combined with somebody I can't remember speculating who the Son of Sam might be. PS. Not even close. I think Jimmy concluded that the killer had to be a English teacher because he knew the difference between restricted and non-restricted clauses . RIP Some of his sports stuff was good . For the political, I preferred Mailer .
88 is good for a guy who drank like Jimmy  
Vanzetti : 3/20/2017 5:10 am : link
Didn't always agree with him ,but always respected him, now more than ever in this era of garbage journalism
Guy from a lost era  
weeg in the bronx : 3/20/2017 8:22 am : link
When newspaper guys were celebrities and stars in their own right. Not that JB wasn't full of himself and his opinions.
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RE: Breslin crapped on Reagan the day he died  
schabadoo : 3/20/2017 9:12 am : link
In comment 13399221 twostepgiants said:
Quote:
To the point I stopped buying the Daily News. It was that repugnant

He literally wrote "Ronald Reagan hated children"

This is in the newspaper on the day Reagan died. I guess this is the type of work people praise as genius.

Another lefty writing lefty things that lefties love that wins praises from other lefties.

Maybe I'll buy the Daily News tomorrow.


He had that in a column a week after Reagan died.
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