Fox News was reporting the story about Thompson shooting himself. One of the commentators/reporters said he would have made a great blogger. I AM a blogger and I find that to be a dig. That’s like saying that Lewis and Clark would have made great Disneyland tour guides. Christopher Columbus would been a great manager of a pirate theme restaurant. That Mark Twain would have been a brilliant cruise ship comedian. “Hunter S. Thompson would have been great being anonymous and obscure.” On behalf of Hunter S. Thompson and his fans – fuck you Fox News. You guys celebrate shills and that should never be a virtue.
Unlike most journalist, Thompson didn’t feel the need to propagate that politicians are human. That’s what our press spends most of their time trying to convince us of; that our presidents have feelings and concerns about us and they really care about ‘we the people’. They care about ‘we the people’ as consumers to the corporations that they really care about. Politicians are there to dupe us. That’s the first job requirement. Thompson knew that. We all know that and Thompson reminded us of it. He was like a great sports commentator, you didn’t have to love the game to love what he was saying about the players.
If Nixon were running for president today, he would be seen as a “liberal” candidate, and he would probably win. He was a crook and a bungler, but what the hell? Nixon was a barrel of laughs compared to this gang of thugs from the Halliburton petroleum organization who are running the White House today — and who will be running it this time next year, if we (the once-proud, once-loved and widely respected “American people”) don’t rise up like wounded warriors and whack those lying petroleum pimps out of the White House on November 2nd.
– rolling stone (full article)
Thompson wrote that election years were like the Super Bowl to political junkies (I salivate just thinking about 2008). Of course, he would kill himself as far away from an election year as you can get. He decided to go out like Hemingway and you can’t knock him for that.
Thompson’s death proves that great writers never die – they just get quoted more.
We’ll miss you!