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  •  The title of this diary is a tad disrespectful (2+ / 0-)
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    Night Train, FarWestGirl

    IMHO.  The statement from his family was put out to counter rumors of Alzheimers, amongst other things.  It says he is suffering from a vascular brain condition, from which he is not expected to recuperate.  I think the title could have been a little more, well, sensitive.

    •  That word was from the Raw Story piece. (2+ / 0-)
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      Fabian, unfinished60sbusiness

      No offense intended, as I think my other comments here underscore.

      The significance, here, is that it is not being waved off as a "rumor" by "representatives". The family is confirming that this is, in fact, the end.

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      by labradog on Sat Jun 27, 2009 at 05:51:14 PM PDT

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      •  The end may not be near in coming (1+ / 0-)
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        Night Train

        And I really wish you would edit the title.  For example, there is a diary on the rec list right now about a wonderful Kossack who passed away.  I think if there had been a diary about her health a month ago that had a similar title, it would have created a firestorm here and rightfully so.  

        •  OTOH-CBS Schieffer reports: (0+ / 0-)

          Bob Schieffer, of CBS News and host of "Face the Nation", told Balitmore radio station WBAL that Cronkite's condition is not good, that he has had a setback, and that it's a "minute by minute thing."

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          by Phil S 33 on Sat Jun 27, 2009 at 06:24:31 PM PDT

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          •  Exactly. Your link is from June 19 (0+ / 0-)

            The original quote from the family said Mr. Cronkite has been suffering with this condition for some years.  But that's not the real point.  The term "deathbed" lacks sensitivity, kind of like saying someone "kicked the bucket" after they've died.  

            •  I have to agree. (1+ / 0-)
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              bwintx

              This diary is just fine, but I don't like the title either.

              Mr. Cronkite is still alive, and who knows just how things will unfold? Better to do just as he would have done in his active years: state the known facts, tersely.

              Walter Cronkite is seriously ill, and is not expected to recover.

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              by Night Train on Sat Jun 27, 2009 at 09:07:50 PM PDT

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            •  "Deathbed" can be a very accurate term (0+ / 0-)

              It is not good to lie in bed day after day.

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