The left loses one of its most outspoken straight-shooters. I have read Cockburn with delight since his Village Voice days. “Mr. Cockburn had, at various times, regular columns in ideologically disparate publications like The Nation and The Wall Street Journal and became known as an unapologetic leftist, condemning what he saw as the outrages of the right but also castigating the American liberal establishment when he thought it was being timid.” (NYTimes obituary)