I learned today that Aaron Russo succumbed to bladder cancer after a six year battle with the disease. For those of you who don’t know him, Aaron was a successful Hollywood producer known for movies such as:

  • Bette Midler’s “The Rose”
  • Eddie Murphy and Dan Ackroyd’s “Trading Places”
  • Nick Nolte, Morgan Freeman, and Ralph Macchio’s “Teachers”
  • He also promoted some of the Sixties’ most successful rock acts, including The Who, Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane.

Later in life, Aaron became an active Libertarian. He spent his whole life researching issues, culminating in the passion of his last movie, “America: From Freedom to Fascism”, that questioned the justification of the existence/legality of the IRS and the Federal Reserve. You can view it here:

His 1 hour long interview can be watched here:

I watched the above movie and was moved near to tears with the hair on the back of my neck standing up. I wanted to see if our illustrious, respectable organizations such as CNN and Fox News (can’t you just hear my sarcasm oozing?) reported on his death. Surely, they must have mentioned it…guess what?

They published no story on his death as of 9:05am, 08/27/2007. It has been 3 days since his death. No mention of it. I wonder why. However, I learned about Owen Wilson (who the hell is he? Some actor in the “Wedding Crashers” show – whatever that is – treated for wrist wound and placed in detox), and I learned about Hulk Hogan’s son being hurt in a crash.

Why am I bitterly not surprised? Ya know, we would all be better informed and/or educated if these organizations simply went away. They are leading the race to the bottom with respect to journalistic integrity.

However, Ron Paul’s website mentions it, along with condolences to his family here.

America has lost one of it’s heroes. Thank you Aaron, for you perseverance and dedication to your country. You will be missed.