Wednesday, November 19, 2003

Howard Kurtz, Insensitive Hack

Howard Kurtz of the WAPO suggests that the timing of the discovery of the remains of Charley Dean in Laos (see previous posts, Closure and Charles Maitland Dean) has something to do with Howard Dean running for president. Howie can get away with a lot of crap, but this I took umbrage to and sent him the following e-mail:

Dear Mr. Kurtz:

It was my privilege to know Charley Dean, the late brother of Gov. Howard Dean. He was the Senior Prefect at St. George’s School in Newport, Rhode Island when I was a freshman at the school, 1967-1968. He was a good and honest young man, worthy of the high honor the school bestowed on him by making the Senior Prefect. I also know that the Dean family was very close – his parents attended many of the school events when I was there. I can only imagine the anguish that his family has endured over the last 30 years since Charley disappeared, and I am sure that they are finding a sense of closure now that they believe his remains have been found.

For your information, the Dean family has been trying to find out what happened to Charley since he disappeared in 1974. They have been working with agencies around the world long before Howard Dean became the governor of Vermont, and the fact that his remains have only recently been found can only be considered to be that sometimes, fortune happens that way. For you to suggest otherwise is breathtakingly cynical and displays a callous lack of sensitivity to the feelings of not only the Dean family but to the thousands of other families in America and elsewhere whose loved ones are still unaccounted for.

I know it is not within the purview of a Washington pundit to apologize, but this time, you might consider it. You were way over the line. Save your cheap shots for someone whose loss you might be capable of understanding.

Sincerely,

If he replies, I will post it here. (Thanks to NTodd for the lead.)