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Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

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April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

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Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

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April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Feb 20, 2012/ 27 Shevat, 5772

Death for Houston as sad as her life

By Mitch Albom








http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | By the time you read this, Whitney Houston will have hopefully, finally, been laid to rest.

Which is far different than how she was treated for the six days after she died.

During that time, Houston was dissected, analyzed, criticized and scrutinized by a steady parade of former addicts, therapists, doctors -- even political commentators like Bill O'Reilly, who claimed to have said "a prayer" when he heard about Houston dying, then proceeded to scream to the country "Whitney Houston killed herself!"

Every news program, talk show, radio station and blog weighed in on Houston, it seemed. And every five seconds, some "expert" opinion was offered.

What most of these people had in common -- besides an unhealthy need to jump in front of a microphone -- is that they didn't know Houston personally. Maybe they met her a few times. Maybe they had a conversation. Maybe not even that.

It didn't stop them from telling national TV audiences what she must have been thinking, or what motivated her alleged early drinks at a hotel, or why she wound up dead in a bathtub at age 48.

I don't know about you, but when my time comes, I really don't want anyone I didn't call family explaining my demise.

Don't we all deserve that?

Apparently not when you are well known in this country.

Instead you get actor Daniel Baldwin (one question: why?) telling CNN "I don't think she was applying herself and taking action in order to maintain her sobriety."

You get former addict and Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx, who admitted he didn't know Houston, criticizing her doctors.

You get O'Reilly, who told a Fox morning program, "This is ridiculous. Whitney Houston killed herself. ... You don't spend $100 million on (drugs) not wanting to kill yourself. So why aren't we telling the truth to young people in America?"

Well, first of all, many addicts, despite their troubles, don't want to kill themselves. Secondly, what truth are we not telling young people in America? For goodness sakes. We've had entertainers dying from substance abuse for as long as anyone who is alive in this country can remember.

Consider a brief list of names:

Judy Garland, Billie Holiday, Marilyn Monroe, Dinah Washington, Lenny Bruce, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Elvis Presley, Kurt Cobain, John Belushi, Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse.

What truth are we not telling young people? If you don't know that alcohol and drugs can lead to death by this point, you are simply choosing not to pay attention.

On the other hand, we might want to check our own addiction -- to jumping to conclusions while wringing every last drop out of famous people's misfortune.

The official coroner's report on Houston won't be available for weeks. Do you think anyone in this business would wait for that? Weeks? They'll be onto something else by then. The time to strike is now!

So you get talk show bookers frantically dialing self-help authors or performers with drug experience, not because they care about Whitney Houston, but because she is a hot topic. So too, it seems, is the debate over whether this was a worthy death. Many argued over New Jersey's decision to fly flags at half-staff for Houston on Saturday.

Does anyone consider, before spewing all this vitriol, that a woman died here? Sure, it may have been related to drugs and alcohol. But how many less famous Americans die every day due to what they drank, the foods they ate, what they smoked or the stress they kept piling on their bodies? Substance abuse didn't begin with the woman who sang "I Will Always Love You."

Here's what I think about Whitney Houston -- not that it matters. I think a young woman died and it's heartbreaking. And I hope those who love her -- and truly knew her -- can find comfort.

Everything else is beside the point. The truth is, in the media business, it's amazing how often we claim to be caring about the welfare of others, when we are really just serving our own purpose.



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