In Remembrance of Alexander Cockburn (1941-2012)
By Dennis Loo (7/26/12)
I was surprised and saddened to hear this week of the death of one of America’s great journalists – Alexander Cockburn. He died this past weekend after a fierce two-year struggle with cancer in Germany. He kept his illness a closely guarded secret and was writing until the end, missing, apparently, only one column during his illness.
I didn’t know him well, only meeting him once on my campus when he came to give a rapier sharp talk a few years ago. But I have relished his no holds-bar and thoroughly informed writing for years and especially appreciated his clarity on the similarities of Republicans and the Democrats and the uselessness of picking one over the other. His kind of voice is unfortunately exceedingly rare now as phony journalists fill the pages and airwaves and act more as scribes to power than as journalists.
Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair were/are the two behind CounterPunch and St. Clair’s tribute to Cockburn can be found here. Counterpunch is one of the very best political newsletters in the world. (On a personal note, CP is one of the few places that I can count on being seriously considered for publication while other places such as Huffington Post won't entertain the outlandish idea that radicals and truth-tellers-no-matter-who-it-might-embarrass should be heard.)
Cockburn will be solely missed. I won't say rest in peace because his was a restless spirit...