But, in the spirit of Rooney, I have digressed. Back to Andy.
I realize that itt’s hard to briefly round out any human. But, in full disclosure, I must note that the person in charge of the Star's operation is an avowed "Israel-Right-Or-Wrong" sort of guy. So, perhaps I’m not surprised that this normally laudable item misses the point on Rooney. What would a better, more-rounded presentation look like? In print--a simple sentence, such as “Rooney was notably in hot water with CBS for comments blacks, gays and women found intolerant.” In a radio piece, back when we had hourly newscasts, this could be fitted into a simple 40 - 60 second piece.
When someone famous (particularly if their fame was of a national nature) dies, I believe a written record of their expressed hostility toward a particular group--particularly minorities, should be explained. I don’t believe petty crimes should be extolled, but when that person has a big, national megaphone placed in front of them, as did Rooney, it’s only fair that such shortcomings be mentioned.