While at the hospital yesterday having some routine tests run, I heard on the news that Elizabeth Edwards had stopped her treatments for cancer after being told that it had spread to her liver. Along with this report the news media found it necessary to also add past news concerning her estranged husband's extra marital affair. I found this little snippet uncalled for and in poor taste.
Later at home, I switched the TV over to the evening news only to hear that Mrs. Edwards had died. They reported that in her final hour she was surrounded by loved ones and her estranged husband, John Edwards who was there to comfort his children. To add a foot note to the picture they had just painted of Elizabeth Edwards surrounded by her loved ones as she passes from this life, they continued their story with the details of her husband's affair, illegitimate child and the fact that the divorce she had filed for wouldn't be final until the first of the new year.
I have one question............ WHAT IS WRONG WITH THESE PEOPLE? Wasn't it enough, what this amazing woman has dealt with for the past six years? Not only did she contend with the cancer, having a husband that turned out to be a louse and the tragic loss of her 16 year old son, but the news media can't even allow her the dignity to pass from this life without dredging up dirt to add to the report of her death. Shame on every last member of the press that thought this was appropriate news reporting. This lady fought a courageous battle for the past 6 years and loss. She left behind family and friends who loved her and she will be admired and missed for years to come.
1949 ~ 2010
May you Rest In Peace