Noel Sheppard, who for years has been “The Guy” at the predominant blog, “NewsBusters” run by the DC-based Media Research Center, has passed away. He was diagnosed in January with lung cancer, and lost that fight yesterday. He was just 53.
Our Noel Sheppard passed away yesterday (Friday) morning at about 5:00 AM. Say a prayer for the soul of a man we’ll all miss professionally, and many, many of us will miss personally as well. Noel was not just a force of nature, he was a very good man.
How quickly this all happened. Just two months ago, Noel wrote about suddenly getting cancer at 53 called “Cancer’s Ray of Hope.” Nine days ago, he wrote us and said he was interested in writing about his “progress” — and he put “progress” in quotes. We were all wishing for better news, and really couldn’t imagine this was a battle that would end this way.
Noel joined us and was introduced to us by Matt Sheffield at the founding of NewsBusters in 2005, and he became our Associate Editor. It must be said that no blogger here was more prolific and more popular. We’ll have more to say in the coming days.
Requiescat in pace.
Trying to remember if I ever met Noel during my times out in DC. The only thing that comes to mind is that if I ever did, it was briefly during a tour of the Media Research Center offices during 2012 when I was out there for the annual CPAC Conference.
Tim Graham, a fellow Wisconsinite and Director of Media Analysis of the MRC, gave me a tour of the place and it might have been just a quick “Hello and a handshake” between us.
He was an amazing writer and from what I’ve been told by friends, a great guy. He will be missed.
Rest in Peace.
What makes this really compelling is that Kimmel in a sense represents the new generation of late night host; many of whom grew up and idolized the snarky, New York-based, liberally-biased comedy of David Lettermann.
Oh, it doesn’t mean that the likes of Sarah Silverman (Kimmel’s old girlfriend) will suddenly dump on liberal Democrats, but it does send a signal that it’s okay to maybe add that material to your set every once and a while.
Secondly, Kimmel and his team of writers kill this thing for pointing out why the Affordable Care Act’s design was flawed to begin it. Young people would rather buy a $400 or $500 game console like the PS4 and X Box One than health insurance. That they don’t want to cover the costs of much wealthier, older Americans through a new entitlement AND whoever was the idiot who thought the “You Can Stay On Your Parents’ Plan Through Age 26″ was a good idea when you need them to be the ones paying for you giant wealth redistribution scheme probably should be hunt down and shot.
But that’s just me. Enjoy.