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The Tally Ho

Monday, February 21, 2005

Goodbye, Mr. Thompson

The Washington Post reports that Hunter S. Thompson committed suicide.
He was the author of books on politics and American society that were regarded as groundbreaking among journalists and other students of current affairs in their irreverence and idiosyncratic insights...

...Thompson was known for a style that he described as "gonzo journalism," a form of "new journalism." It was rooted in the idea that absolute fidelity to the indisputably factual and provable did not always provide the best avenue to truth.

Instead, "gonzo journalism" and its practitioners suggested that a deeper truth could be found in the ambiguous zones between fact and fiction.

"Objective journalism is one of the main reasons that American politics has been allowed to be so corrupt for so long," Thompson told interviewers in a characteristic pronouncement on both institutions.

"You can't be objective about Nixon," he said. "How can you be objective about Clinton?"

Hunter S. Thompson and Tom Wolfe


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