Dick Clark died yesterday, and the news of his passing is covered in the disingenuous and condescending lede — “Oldest Living Teenager is Dead at 82 from a Heart Attack” — and I just stand there and why why the lamestream media have to live up to their cloying, and earned, nickname every single day.
We’re imperfect and sometimes human speech is breezy and sometimes you have to struggle to understand what is being spoken. There is no doubt, however, that Dick Clark was brave and daring to make such a bold return to television — brave and daring and bold are also hallmarks of Clark’s career — and the lesson many of us now know is if Dick Clark can risk his legacy, reputation and quality-of-life to show us just how devastating a stroke can be to a personality, a family and a man, then we’re all better off for having him triumphantly return to network television to stare down Death with us live on the air.
Dick Clark was a star and a really good businessman. He created a radio network. He bought a lot of land. In 2007, he sold his production company for $175 million to the current owner of the Washington Redskins football team.
I have tremendous affection for Dick Clark. He was a rich man because he knew the value of the human soul and of perseverance and of always doing the right thing. During the Payola scandal, he testified before Congress and did well, and when the ABC-TV network asked him to sell his record company holdings just to make sure there would not be any future conflicts of interest between his American Bandstand television show and his record companies, he did so — and lost $8 million dollars in that decision to abide doing the right thing instead of protecting his own narrow self-interest.
Dick Clark will be missed. We won’t ever have anyone else like him — and that’s why we must celebrate the life of the man and accept the death of the body.