Monday, October 3rd, 2005

Andy Rooney lets loose on Iraq


Andy Rooney, the 60 Minutes curmudgeon, is best known for complaining about life’s little irritants, often to the great amusement of all concerned. But every once in a while he lets loose with a serious broadside that reminds you this guy, for all his “funny old crank” image, was a foreign correspondent in World War II, worked with many of the legends of broadcast journalism, and was one of the first Americans to witness the Nazi death camps up close. In other words, no slouch in the jourmalism department, and certainly worthy of listening to if he’s got an opinion about something substantial. He’s lashed out with a diatribe about the cost of the Iraq War, in money and lives. There’s also video, which is the best way to appreciate Rooney.

Warren Frey is a journalist, freelance writer, podcaster, video producer, and all-around media consultant currently based in Vancouver, Canada. His written work has appeared in such publications as Metro Vancouver, the Westender, Mac | Life and the Japan Times.

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