I took issue with much of what Steve Gilliard wrote, before I pretty much stopped reading him (and many other political bloggers) altogether. It was more from my own burnout than due to his views. He was a powerful writer, always provocative, and sometimes truly insightful. I was moved when I heard a few weeks ago that he had taken ill.
And then this news:
Steve Gilliard, 1966-2007
It is with tremendous sadness that we must convey the news that Steve Gilliard, editor and publisher of The News Blog (www.thenewsblog.net), passed away early Saturday morning, June 2nd. He was 41.
To those who have come to trust The News Blog and its insightful, brash and unapologetic editorial tone, we have Steve to thank from the bottom of our hearts. Steve helped lead many discussions that mattered to all of us, and he tackled subjects and interest categories where others feared to tread.
I did not know Steve. Liza did. Read her post.
Rest in peace, Steve.