by Scoobie Davis
In my earlier post on why Michael Kelly's departure from this world improved ethics in American journalism, I noted how he and Peggy Noonan ganged up on Paul Begala--intentionally distorting Begala's words. It's fitting that the Wall Street Journal editorial page's eulogy for Kelly is by none other than Nooner. It's essentially a puff piece (..."he wrote like a dream, that he was a great reporter with great eyes that he was a keen judge of what is news and what should be news..."), but what else can one expect from the Dolphin-Queen? Great eyes? At least she didn't mention his feet (see addendum). No memorable howlers, such as mentioning Christian dolphins, but I chuckled when I read this assessment of Kelly: "...a life of honesty is a life of controversy, and Kelly seemed constitutionally an honest man." Fitting words from one member of the anti-Begala tag team to another.
Addendum: Noonan on Reagan: "I first saw [President Reagan] as a foot, highly polished brown cordovan wagging merrily on a hassock. I spied it through the door. It was a beautiful foot, sleek. Such casual elegance and clean lines! But not a big foot, not formidable, maybe a little frail. I imagined cradling it in my arms, protecting it from unsmooth roads."