I noticed something while roving around my blogroll these last couple of days: the passing of children's TV legend Fred Rogers was noted and mourned on a number of the left-leaning sites, and didn't seem to register much with right-leaning bloggers (notable exception: The Last Page). Here's a recap of the Rogers appreciations I've noticed on lefty sites (several of whom link to other eulogies):
Body and Soul
Destroy All Blogs
skippy the bush kangaroo
The Better Rhetor
The People's Republic of Seabrook
The Talking Dog
Very Big Blog
Now, my blogroll is obviously tilted to the left and hardly represents the full range of right-wing opinion, so admittedly my sample is far from scientific. And certainly, Roger's death was not noted on every left-wing blog. Nonetheless, I think the phenomenon I perceive of Roger's passing being mourned--or at least acknowledged--predominantly by the Left is significant. I'm proud to adhere to a political philosophy that celebrates Rogers' life and values. If anyone is can point me to a citation of this sad event on other right-leaning blogs (or if I somehow overlooked one from my blogroll), I'd appreciate it if you let me know either in the comment thread or via email.
I don't consider it among the "politically left" sites I've mentioned, but I do want to point out that Friday's edition of MegaTokyo contained a nice rememberance by writer/artist Fred "Piro" Gallagher.
Update: The comment system appears to be boinked, so while I can see someone left a comment, I can't access it. If that kind soul would please repeat what he or she said, I'd appreciate it.
Comments are back, and my friend Dodd points out some right-leaning sites that observed Mr. Rogers' passing. Thanks for the info, Dodd!