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"Most of the time all editorial writers do is come down from the hills after the battle and shoot the wounded."

A maverick, moralistic columnist whose baroque language could never hide an unwavering sympathy for the oppressed and an abiding sense of fair play...A liberal labor reporter for the New York Post in 1942, Kempton continued his sometimes quixotic fight for underdogs on the left and right--he even defended the fallen Richard Nixon when the former President was rejected by a New York co-op board. His many awards included a 1985 Pulitzer for his Newsday commentary.