Tribute to Barry Bingham (04-06-06)
A true Louisville icon died on Monday. Barry Bingham Jr., the former publisher of the Courier-Journal passed away from respiratory failure. Although I have met him, I didn't know him well. But I knew enough about him to have great respect for the contribution he made to Louisville media.
At one time he and his family owned the newspaper, as well as WHAS radio and TV and lots more. They lost their media empire in 1986, primarily because Barry and his sisters simply couldn't get along. Probably the result of privileged kids who grew up pampered and who were not used to compromising with each other. Rather than work together, they tore their family empire apart.
But before that embarrassing dissolution, the combination of their newspaper and television and radio stations was a thing of beauty. Barry Bingham believed first and foremost in journalistic integrity. He believed in doing the right things first, treating his employees properly, and standing firm on his core values. If that made profits subordinate to those values, well, that was OK.
Barry Bingham will be missed, but frankly, he's been missed for a long time.
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my...Point of View.