Over the past few days, Scott Simon of NPR's Weekend Edition has tweeted from his dying mother's bedside. Simon's mother died this last night.
The heavens over Chicago have opened and Patricia Lyons Simon Newman has stepped onstage.
— Scott Simon (@nprscottsimon) July 30, 2013
Simon's tweets have made some critics uncomfortable. They say the host's personal updates are inappropriate.
Twitter gave SImon a platform to help him cope with a difficult ordeal. I don't expect everyone to understand. But I do. When my brother Joshua was battling cancer, I was working as a photojournalist. Being behind the camera was a natural and comfortable place for me. Joshua eventually succumbed to his disease, but documenting his fight helped me cope and be there for him.