Pioneering cardiac and vascular surgeon Michael E. DeBakey passed away last week. He was an absolute lion of surgical innovation. And it wasn't as though he didn't have a little prime-time lustre himself.
DeBakey, physician to such notables as the Duke of Windsor, the Shah of Iran, King Hussein of Jordan and Presidents Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon, had a long and distinguished career as a medical pioneer and a public policy statesman. This year he was awarded one of the nation's highest civic honors, the Congressional Gold Medal.
There were two deaths that got some significant coverage in the news today.
There was a trend to this coverage, of course. Virtually every news outlet gave big-time splashy front page status to one of these two people. The other received also-ran status from some outlets while he was completely omitted from the front pages of the rest.
What is wrong with this world? Guess who the also-ran was? Go read, but make sure you are in a place you can scream at the computer for a few minutes.