Jim Guckert killed Hunter S. Thompson
Hunter S. Thompson committed suicide yesterday at the age of 67. [AP/NYT obituary]
Jim Guckert killed Hunter S. Thompson. The good doctor took evasive action because he'd finally had enough. There was no question of a comeback. His natural habitat had disappeared. Today's media industrial complex is gonzo-proof. You can't raise hell anywhere near the press corps anymore unless you're turning tricks. Gonzo journalism today would be as incongruous as gonzo account services or gonzo event planning.
Gonzo is dead because the mainstream media have abolished objectivity and subjectivity--the facts don't matter, but neither does the perspective of any individual. Like gonzo journalists, today's campaign reporters love to tell impressionistic yarns. Unlike gonzo journalists they don't want to talk about their own experiences. Enterprising reporters collect "gaffes" and "coups" and spin them into parables. The winner is the journalist whose just-so story becomes "The Defining Moment."
Make no mistake, Thompson was always an outsider. Today's media is all insiders and aspiring insiders. The old model allowed Thompson to operate on the fringes. Today there's no fringe.
I think Hunter S. Thompson just got sick of it all. I don't blame him.
I do hope Peggy Noonan channels Hunter S. Thompson from heaven.