“A tragedy is when a single mother dies of cancer or a family dies in a car accident. That’s a tragedy. This situation is sad, but it wasn’t unexpected and we could see this coming,” Grenell said, adding that the media should not “glamorize” Hoffman’s death.
The observation seemed to leave liberal commentator Bill Press stunned.
“Well, I don’t mean to quibble but I think it’s a tragedy when a father of three young kids dies suddenly at the age of 46,” Press said, drawing a disagreement from Grenell.
“It wasn’t sudden,” Grenell said.
“Yes, it was,” Press shot back.
tragedy – noun
“an event causing great suffering, destruction, and distress, such as a serious accident, crime, or natural catastrophe.”
Grenell’s contemptous regard for Hoffman’s humanity is inherent in his narrow re-definition of “tragedy”.