A Tribute to Ed Koch from Andrea Peyser

Andrea Peyser

Andrea Peyser

Andrea Peyser has worked for the New York Post for as long as I can remember. She has a way with words that few can equal. Even when I disagree with Andrea, I can’t get over how she uses words in such a way that best describes a situation. It is a rare talent to be able to write about a situation or an event from a totally different viewpoint. She comes up with angles that most have never thought about. Sometimes I find myself laughing out loud. Other times I cringe because she is so harsh.
You never know what to expect from her. That is why she has such a huge following. Today she wrote about Ed Koch’s funeral. Mayor Koch would have been amused. So keep reading Andrea in the Post. She is a true New York treasure.

I have taken great pride in helping make sure Andrea was part of it when the news world went digital. When the New York Post first went digital, I complained profusely that Andrea’s column, along with that of Cindy Adams, did not appear in any listing on their directory. Since I am a faithful reader of both, I searched everywhere to find their columns. I sent emails and made countless calls to the editorial staff, complaining. Then one day, presto, their columns appeared. I am still not happy that they are listed under Columnists instead of Entertainment, but it is better than nothing.

Read Today’s Column: A shame Ed had to miss this farewell blowout!

3 thoughts on “A Tribute to Ed Koch from Andrea Peyser

  1. I’m sorry. I am not forgiving Ed Koch for his outrageous comments in support of George W. Bush, who he endorsed in 2004 against John Kerry, and his equally outrageous comments on the Iraq War and the Democrats in Congress who opposed it.

    Here are some excerpts from a piece on Ed Koch by Salon.com last Sunday:

    In July of 2004, Koch published an op-ed endorsing Bush for reelection on the grounds that Bush’s invasions proved the president was committed to wars “regardless of the cost or how long it takes to achieve victory.” Tellingly, this op-ed wasn’t published just anywhere – Koch published it in the pages of the far-right magazine Newsmax. Not surprisingly, the piece then resulted in a residual media appearances for Koch, allowing him to amplify this message right before the critical 2004 election.
    In August of 2004, Koch made news when he told the far-right website WorldNetDaily that because some of its members raised questions about the Iraq War, “The Democratic Party just doesn’t have the stomach to go after terrorists.” This was a follow-up on Koch’s earlier statements attacking Vietnam war hero John Kerry as weak on terrorism; slamming Sen. Ted Kennedy as “contemptible and dangerous” for daring to criticize Bush’s war policy; and berating the Democratic Party for supposedly having “a strong radical left wing” that not only opposed the Iraq War, but which allegedly espouse “an anti-Israel philosophy.”
    Later the same month, Koch reiterated all of these points as the featured speaker on the first day of the Republican National Convention. In that role, he kicked off what would become one of the most naked celebrations of war in the history of American political conventions.

    Worth reading the whole article http://www.salon.com/2013/02/03/when_ed_koch_backed_george_bush

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