Monday, August 08, 2005

Something In The Electrons

by Tom Bozzo

The Washington Post obituary for Peter Jennings notes:
A smoker until about 20 years ago, he said he relapsed under the pressure of Sept. 11, 2001, but later quit again.
In response, Insta-Ann writes:
IF YOU SMOKE AND DIE OF CANCER, every obituary will take advantage of your death as an opportunity to remind the living to quit smoking.
While I basically agree with Mark Kleiman's take, he misses a minor opportunity to point out that not only did Jennings mention his smoking in his on-air announcement, but also was in fact the source of the Post's language:
"I was a smoker until about 20 years ago," Jennings told the "World News Tonight" audience on April 5, 2005, when he announced he had been diagnosed with lung cancer. "And yes, I was weak and I smoked over 9/11."
Advantage: MSM.


P.S., I don't want the Madison smoking ban repealed, either.

Note: Edited to better represent Kleiman's post.
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