Why mainstream media is dead
Cancer survivor Robert Schimmel
Killed in car wreck near his Arizona home
Local media missed it for a week

Robert Schimmel called Arizona his home for more than a decade. Aug. 26, 2010 he was involved in an auto accident. A week later, Sept. 3, 2010, Schimmel succumbed to his injuries.

On Aug. 29, I Tweeted,
anyone have an update on Robert Schimmel? No one responded.

Here was a comedic voice for his generation. He survived cancer and heart disease and was ignored in his death. Shame on you, world. Shame on mainstream media. Here's the Arizona Republic Sept. 4 version of the story,
Schimmel was a passenger Thursday in a car driven by his 19-year-old daughter Aliyah. This newspaper, which is as big a disgrace to Arizona as a governor who says heads are lost in the desert, can't even get the story accurate. We in Arizona have come to expect this of this pitiful excuse for a newspaper - the largest in the state, too.

This from Schimmel's (intern-infested) hometown newspaper. It didn't cover the story until he died; and then screwed it up royally. Television media still reads its news from the Republic, so none have covered Schimmel's dilemma for the past week. No radio spoke about it. You wonder why mainstream media is dead - here's why!

R.I.P. Mr. Schimmel and thank you for the smiles your brought to millions.
Addendum - Turns out the mistake was on the part of the Associated Press and the hometown paper was too lazy to check its facts or run an original story. They ran with the AP inaccuracies. There's one word for that -

2nd addendum - this blog was posted at 1:30 p.m. At 3:30 p.m., Republic changed its story to a local writer, Derek Quizon - an INTERN! Here's from his story, again inaccurate, The accident occurred on the 101 freeway in Scottsdale last Thursday, according to DPS spokesman Bart Graves.