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Not a bad word or embarrassing moment was mentioned by the broadcast networks Wednesday morning as they reported on the life and death of former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Instead, they showed him the greatest of reverence as they praised him as a Democratic “kingmaker,” “force of nature,” and a “powerbroker.”
From the get-go, ABC Good Morning America fill-in co-host and senior White House correspondent Mary Bruce made it clear, literally announcing they were going to be “honoring a giant of the Senate.”
“Harry Reid, the Nevada Democrat who served five terms and helped steer the passage of the Affordable Care Act as Senate majority leader, he died Tuesday at the age of 82 after a four-year battle with pancreatic cancer,” she added.
White House correspondent MaryAlice Parks proceeded to let loose a torrent of glowing and gushing compliments. “He was soft-spoken but will be remembered as just a force of nature in Washington,” she declared. “And he was a masterful tactician, stubborn, dogged, a fighter, in absolutely every sense.”