His stature and importance at CBS was enormous. Reports tell us that Mr. Bradley had been sick for some time. That gives his decision to choose the Duke Hoax as the final reporting contribution of his amazing career even more meaning. In the last days of his life, he chose to focus on the injustice and indignity of the treatment of three young men by what passes for justice in Durham, North Carolina today. He chose this story to be a capstone to his formidable legacy.
Mr. Bradley lent his name and reputation as his life drew to a close, to those principles that underscored all he practiced and achieved: color-blind equality before the law and unwavering standards of justice for all our children, regardless of the color of their skin or the content of their" Daddies' pockets." He did not differentiate or discriminate. He looked beyond skin color to the content of the law.
Today, we salute and remember Ed Bradley for all his many lifetime achievements and his final one,as a true Hero Of the Hoax.