Retired Senator Strom Thurmond left the living at 9:45 this evening. He was 100.
UPDATE: The original article, posted at 10:45 p.m. on Thursday night, contained three or four paragraphs explaining that Sen. Thurmond, despite his segregationist views, held a more "nuanced" view of racial politics. The article cited that his daughter went to a school that was 50% black, where she had a black schoolteacher, and that he was the first Southern Senator to have a black man on his staff. Those paragraphs have been removed, and replaced with a paragraph about how a friend persuaded him to "take the high ground" before he hired the black staffer, and how his father was an ally of "one of the most rabid racists ever to sit in the United States Senate."
Wasn't this obituary written years ago? Why the last-minute changes? It can't be that the Post discovered new information. The initial story seemed like an attempt to really explore the issue; the revisions seem like part of a hit piece.Posted by wasylik at June 26, 2003 11:02 PM | TrackBack