Noel Sheppard, the tireless media watchdog who died last week, was a talented and prolific journalist dedicated to uncovering bias in the liberal media, says his boss Brent Bozell, founder and president of the Media Research Center.
Sheppard, associate editor of Newsbusters.org, died of cancer on Friday at age 53, about two months after being diagnosed.
The married father of two was "relentless with his blogging and his tweeting," Bozell told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV, a program on which Sheppard regularly appeared.
"Noel lived to do that, and he took a certain amount of enjoyment of blogging that he wasn't dead when somebody had said that he had died."
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Bozell said Sheppard's illness struck without warning.
"The poor guy — it hit out of nowhere. [Conservative commentator] Ann Coulter told me over the weekend that she was hunting with him two weeks before he was diagnosed and he looked perfectly fine," Bozell said.
"I had been on the phone with him a couple of days before, and then he called me and he said, you're not going to believe it. And he told me the news, and it became the death struggle, which he lost."
Bozell said that while Sheppard wrote massive amounts of copy, he also took great care to make sure his reporting was accurate.
"He might post two, three, four, five things a day . . . He was a force of nature He was so prolific but always, always, always wanting to maintain the highest standards possible . . . that's the way he was," Bozell said.
"Blogging is a very unruly business, and sometimes it's a very dishonest, irreverent, nasty business. And if you look at the totality of everything that he wrote, you won't find any of it there."
Bozell said Sheppard's tragic passing shows that "life is fleeting . . . it does make you stop and ponder the world."
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