It’s another reminder of just how precious and fragile life really is.
She was a very well-respected and talented rising star in the world of political commentary. One minute, she was taking the world by storm, and seemingly the next… she’s gone.
She was a staff writer at the Federalist. Here’s a look at her bio page:
Bre Payton is staff writer for The Federalist. She has written on subjects ranging from Kanye West to Supreme Court rulings, to 2016 and breaking news. She has appeared on Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, NPR, BBC World News, among others, and her work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Daily Signal, and WORLD Magazine, to name a few. She previously worked as a reporter for Watchdog.org and received her degree in Political Journalism from Patrick Henry College.
Among her other accomplishments, she was also a regular on Fox.
A few hours earlier Friday, Domenech asked for prayers and linked to a CaringBridge website that said Payton was found unresponsive on Thursday in San Diego. Doctors, according to the post, determined she had contracted the “H1N1 flu and possibly meningitis.”
Payton, who was based in Washington, was in California this week guest-hosting a show on the One America News Network. On Wednesday, Payton told her Twitter followers to tune in that night to see her on television.
But the next morning, according to the CaringBridge post, a friend found her “unresponsive and barely breathing.”
“She immediately called 911 and Bre was taken to the hospital where she was admitted to the ICU, sedated & intubated, and doctors began working up a diagnosis,” the post said. “After a CT scan and hours of testing, they have determined she has the H1N1 flu and possibly meningitis.”
What’s really disappointing is how some OTHER news outlets reacted to this story.
CNN reported on it, a full day after many other outlets had.
And NewsBusters called out the supposedly ‘impartial and objective’ AP for throwing shade at her in her own obituary.
From paragraph five to the end, everything was well and good, but the fourth graph is where the AP lost all sense of decency, boiling down Payton’s work this way:
In recent appearances on Fox News, Payton had condemned what she called “fake news” media coverage of President Donald Trump and “sexist and bigoted” coverage of first lady Melania Trump.
Numerous friends and fellow colleagues in conservative media (including this one) have pointed out, the AP reducing Payton’s professional work to that lone, measly, tasteless sentence marked the epitome of unprofessionalism.
The media keeps reminding us how important they are. They could have done a better job of showing it by properly honoring the untimely passing of one of their own.