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Confusion Over Tubbs Jones's Condition

An already sad story on the serious medical condition of Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-Ohio) was made embarrassingly worse today by Capitol Briefing and other news outlets, as conflicting information prompted several erroneous reports that the lawmaker had died. As of this writing, she remains in critical condition in a Cleveland hospital.

Tubbs Jones was found Tuesday night unconscious at the wheel of her car after police had seen it swerving erratically on a Cleveland road. She was taken to Huron Hospital in East Cleveland for treatment. At noon today, Tubbs Jones's office announced that she was in "stable condition" and that she had "suffered an aneurysm," which, according to medical experts, likely means that a blood vessel in her brain burst.

Based on information from a reliable Democratic source and stories from other news outlets, Capitol Briefing reported at 2:10 p.m. that Tubbs Jones had died. The Cleveland Plain-Dealer, the Associated Press, and CNN came out with similar reports at the same time, all based on anonymous sources. At that point, neither Tubbs Jones's office nor the hospital had confirmed her death.

But then a doctor at the hospital said Tubbs Jones was alive but in critical condition. According to AP: "Dr. Gus Kious says the 58-year-old Tubbs Jones suffered a brain hemorrhage in an inaccessible part of her brain and that a team of doctors who evaluated her determined she has limited brain function." The Plain-Dealer revised its report. AP moved the following, unfortunately-worded update: "Kill the APNewsAlert saying U.S. Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones has died. A doctor says she is in critical condition."

It is not clear why Capitol Briefing's source and those cited by other news organizations believed she had died, though it may be related to confusion over a report in the Plain-Dealer saying she had been taken off life-support. Capitol Briefing apologizes for the error and will be more careful as he continues to report this story.

By Ben Pershing  |  August 20, 2008; 3:33 PM ET
 
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"Capitol Briefing apologizes for the error and will be more careful as he continues to report the story."

Good job at transparency and explaining what happened. You did the right thing to immediately let us know in real time what just happened and to apologize. As a reader, I appreciate it.

We all have unfortunate memories of awful mistakes because we are all human. The important thing is to accept responsibility and to learn from them. This sounds like you are doing both.

Posted by: Fairfax Voter | August 20, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Peace be with you.

Posted by: Schwartz1 | August 20, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

"Based on information from a reliable Democratic source"
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Perhaps that line should have read "usually reliable".

Posted by: dahagg | August 20, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Maybe you shouldn't be using anonymous sources to start with to report on someone's death -- especially a lawmaker with a press staff.

Posted by: DC Voter | August 20, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

WOW...

Over the past few weeks journalists/news media have seemingly gotten slap happy with reporting people as dead that are STILL ALIVE. Bernie Mac - a week or so before his demise, Rapper Lil' Wayne's daughter (released from hospital after car accident) - and now Cong. Tubbs-Jones.

Let's slow down some folks on the death announcements -'k?

Posted by: 808T | August 20, 2008 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Way to stand up and take the hit like a man. I appreciate the way you let the full record stand rather than just retracting your original post. Hopefully this will prompt news organizations to be more careful to obtain official confirmation of death in the future...

Posted by: Steve | August 20, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

God bless you, Stephanie.

Posted by: Rosemary | August 20, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

My prayers to her and her family.

Posted by: palamino1 | August 20, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Yet another reason why journalists should never use anonymous sources.

Posted by: ellie | August 20, 2008 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Shouldn't her last name be hyphenated? From the headline, I thought her first name was "Tubbs."

Posted by: Chief Two Dogs | August 20, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

The world needs more people like Ms Tubbs Jones. May God bless her and her family at this difficult time.

Posted by: Liz in California | August 20, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Who relies on anonymous sources for a report that somebody died? The same journalists who tsk, tsk at the National Enquirer have no problems have no problems relying on anonymous sources to falsely report a Congresswoman's death.

Try accuracy over speed.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | August 20, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Stephanie is one of a kind. Fun, committed and humble. God bless her.

Posted by: Ron | August 20, 2008 4:27 PM | Report abuse

The bottom-line is that the world has likely lost a talented woman and a dedicated Democrat. The minutae doesn't matter.

Posted by: clela | August 20, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

God Bless you, Ms. Stephanie.

Posted by: DeVonne | August 20, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

There is no such thing as a "reliable Democratic source."

Posted by: Abolhassan Bani Sadr | August 20, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

My guess is that someone doesn't know that "off life support" doesn't mean the person necessarily dies right away. If you lived through it, you never forget it. And if journalism schools did their jobs, reporters would know it.

Posted by: Barbara | August 20, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Hope you get to interview Rep.Tubbs Jones someday and share a good laugh with her that the story briefly went down the wrong trail.

Posted by: DonH | August 20, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Im not familiar with her but my thoughts are with her and her family. I hope this all works out for the best.

Posted by: Carson | August 20, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

One more leftist on the trash heap of time.

Posted by: Happily Loverly | August 20, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Word has it that her last word was 'PUMA'

Posted by: Karen | August 20, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

What a joke the press is! Do they know anything other than being first out with a story. Its pathetic that so many news organization from the NY times to Washington times can't even get a story right. Why anyone believes anything they say is beyond me. Gee, you'd think they check the accuracy of the story before they publish. Wow they probably all rely on the same reliable source and recycle it for the umpteenth time. Sad if you are the person or family of the person reported dead. People please! Check the story next time before you embarass yourself telling us the world ended two hours ago, yet we are still all here. Shame on the news outlets.

My prayers and good wishes go out to her and her family.

Posted by: Peter | August 20, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Abolhassan Bani Sadr said, "There is no such thing as a 'reliable Democratic source.'" I second that.

Posted by: DB | August 20, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

"The minutae doesn't matter"

You mean like the corruption and going on those lobbyist junkets?

Posted by: Barry O | August 20, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Democrats, major media journalist,and all liberals couldn't get something right if it meant getting Obama elected. What makes you think they can get a simple news story correct. We pray for her and her family at this time need. There is a silver lining in all of this.. Hopefully she will be replaced by a republican..She needs to be out of and away from public office anyway, but not in this manner. Hopefully she will fully recover, come to her senses and resign from office.....

Posted by: s phillips | August 20, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Wasn't she a Muslim?

Posted by: Salim | August 20, 2008 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Somewhere Dick Cheney is smiling

Posted by: Deci | August 20, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Prayers for recovery for this very remarkable lady. If you've ever met her, you'd understand.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 20, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Too bad they took her to Huron Road Hospital. That place is a pit: I used to work there as a nurse and that is the LAST place I would go for care! With the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals close by, I can't figure why her family would want her to stay there unless it is because Huron Road has a reputation as being an African American hospital and Rep. Tubbs Jones saw racism in anything run by white people.

Posted by: Mick | August 20, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

As a former colleague of Mrs. Tubbs-Jones, I find it absolutely irresponsible tyhat you psot a blog comment like the one below. This is a disgrace and this what is turning everyone off from legitimate newspapers and news sources. Also, try to get more than one "anonymouys source" before running with a story.

Remember the three V's of journalism:
"Verify, verify, verify!"

Inappropriate/racist quote from your comment section is below!!!

"A reliable source has informed that her eyes opened briefly about an hour ago when the smell of bbq wafted through the ward.

Posted by: Jessini | August 20, 2008 4:43 PM "

Posted by: Jeff | August 20, 2008 4:58 PM | Report abuse

My God people, the woman's dying! Is politics more important to you than simple compassion? Most of these comments sound like the kind of things Jesus must have heard as he hung on the cross. But then again, I guess some things never change.

Posted by: Dan | August 20, 2008 5:00 PM | Report abuse

"Tubbs Jones was found Tuesday night unconscious at the wheel of her car after police had seen it swerving erratically on a Cleveland highway."

I wouldn't ordinarily nitpick the geography, but considering everything else that has been inconsistently reported by both local and national news outlets on this story, accuracy seems especially important. Assuming the location of the stop reported by the Cleveland Plain Dealer was correct (http://blog.cleveland.com/metro/2008/08/details_about_tubbs_jones_traf.html), Ms. Tubbs Jones was weaving on a four-lane suburban street, then turned off onto a two-lane street that is surrounded by a park on one side and a residential area on the other.

She has been such a huge presence in Cleveland for years -- thoughts and prayers to her friends and family.

Posted by: clevelander | August 20, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

To those who post racist and partisan remarks about someone who is critically ill:
Shame On You!
You are sorely lacking in empathy. Political discourse at this level only serves the worst in our natures.
If a family member suffered this catatrophe, how would you feel?
I think the Golden Rule applies here.
Godspeed and all the best to her and her family.

Ken

Posted by: redwagon55 | August 20, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Regardless if you agreed with Ms. Tubbs-Jones or not, we are talking about a HUMAN BEING here who it seems may not be long for this Earth. We should all take a moment and pray for her, her family and friends.

Posted by: Karen | August 20, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

The comments by some really show why America hates Republicans! To joke about one's pain is a sin.....and the same thing that you laugh and joke about today will be the same thing that you cry about tomorrow....Karma is a real b$itch! She's been known to show up when you least expect her! Be very careful, my friend!

I am John McCain and I approve this message!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 20, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Compassion? When someone who made it their life's mission to accuse anyone who is white of being a racist because they were white, it hardly smacks of compassion. I was tired of being called a racist by her for simply being born white. Perhaps when she meets her maker she will learn that race is an invention by evil men designed to make themself superior over other people. Read the "Descent of Man" by Darwin for information on that.

Posted by: Mick | August 20, 2008 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Don't you guys have any rules about postings? You may have made a mistake about her death and I hope she comes back to laugh about it, but may she never see the "trash heap of time" crack. That writer need never worry about an aneurism. There is no brain there to destroy.

Posted by: JudyH | August 20, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

Who cares that she's a democrat? You only give your sympthaty to the party of hacks?

Posted by: Hank | August 20, 2008 5:13 PM | Report abuse

I've had the pleasure to meet Congresswoman Tubbs Jones a few times as well as see her speak. She was passionate about her work, cared for everyone and made me proud to call myself a Democrat. I pray for her and her family during this trying time.

Posted by: Gini | August 20, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Some of you people are real no class low lives. YOU are the reason it said: Not all conservatives are stupid people, but almost all stupid people are conservatives." Look in the mirror & know it is true.

You demean science and act as if there is something wrong with being the educated elite. Now here you are on this thread making your Mother's proud by displaying all those good Christian values, you folks are always touting! You are worse than hypocritical, you're just dumb & mean spirited.

Posted by: acmejack | August 20, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Mick....maybe you were so upset because deep down inside you recognize that you are a racist and her calling you out on it, made you feel really bad. Especially when it deep down rooted in your soul, and you felt that it was impossible to change your way of thinking. Sounds like you have a lot of displaced anger. Instead of reading Descent of a Man, try reading the bible! Ask God to teach you compassion and grant you an understanding of "Agape Love"

Posted by: Anonymous | August 20, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Is Tim Russert still dead?

Posted by: Barry | August 20, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Typical liberal: challenging the intellegence of conservatives by ASSuming that those who made the comments were conservative. News flash Einstien: even liberals are stupid and write wicked things.

Posted by: Mick | August 20, 2008 5:18 PM | Report abuse

I am shocked to see how stupid republicans REALLY are! This is some deep doodoo!! I knew they were retarded and callous! But MENTALLY retarded and deeply challenged! Dang! It's no wonder why America is in such deep doodoo! It's being ran by a bunch of retarded republicans! Oh, now the dots connect! Dang!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 20, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Anonymous, what ever your name is, where in the Bible does it teach men evolved into different races as Darwin did? Try reading Darwin and learn how the god of liberals was so wrong about races.

As for being a closet racist, sounds like you subscribe to the fact that any white person who complains about racism is a racist like Rep. Jones did.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 20, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

As others have stated, it's such a shame that all some of you can think of is what party she belongs to...

I'm from Cleveland and heard her speak last year, saw her face to face and it's sad that someone who has touched so many lives may pass away. Regardless of what she believes and what she thinks she is HUMAN.

Humanity goes out the door when people talk politics. May God's perfect will be done in this situation, and a special prayer for you all.

Posted by: Tiki | August 20, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

"Educated elite": code for higher evolved person, which is racist speak if I ever heard it. Nice try, but using racist code words to defend liberalism, which by its ideals is racist, is the height of hypocrysy.

Posted by: Mick | August 20, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

i thought the "COW" HAD DIED.

Posted by: ron | August 20, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

It is funny how when someone disagrees with a liberal people Assume it is a republican. Sounds like predjudice and stereotyping to me.

Posted by: Mick | August 20, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

The bible teaches about love...Godly Love which is Agape Love. To have Christ like love will teach you to have compassion and to not use a sad time such as this to bring up negative feelings that you have about an individual who may expire at any moment. I am sure that when you die, there will be folks who'll have some real negative things to say about you. But your family (if you have any) would be suffering at such a time and wouldn't want to hear such negative energy! The bible teaches you that we are all God's Children and none of us are better than the other. Based on white American history, we don't have such a fond memory of how we treated others and yes, there are still a large amount of us in small pockets that are racist. All you have to do is look at a lot of these comments posted including yours and it doesn't take an "Einstein" to recognize the hate and bigotry. A lot of us white folks get upset because we often get called on our bigotry and we can no longer get away with it like we use to. So now, we are angry because you can see right through those of us who are hateful. If the shoe fits, wear it well!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 20, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Anonymous, if you believe Republicans, of which I am not, are "retarded", perhaps you can tell us if you consider all mentally challenged people retarded? I though calling mentally challenged people retarded was a political no no? What other people with disabilities do you pick on?

Posted by: Mick | August 20, 2008 5:33 PM | Report abuse

You are wrong on that one, perhaps you need to read your Bible. It says that only those who are have faith in Christ are children (Galatians 3:26) and are born again (1 John 1:1). Those who do not believe that jesus is the Christ are children of the devil (1 John 2:22-23,4:3)

No where in my post did I attack Rep. Tubbs. I stated a fact about her beliefs that she has been more than publically willing to admit. Just because I have an objection to being called a racist for being born white, does not mean I am a racist or "don't know I am a racist." That makes as much sense as saying that if someone is offended about being called a dog they really must be a dog because they are offended.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 20, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

I am a conservative Republican. I have seen many posters on these comment boards say hateful things when William Buckley died, Novak got cancer, etc. It was disgusting.

But now it sickens me to see some of the vile, racist comments here. If you think you are a true conservative, and you're posting this crap, please grow up. I don't want to be associated with you.

Posted by: Jeff08 | August 20, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Stephanie Tubbs Jones is a class act, and our thoughts are with her and her family right now. She was a remarkable presence during the Hillary Clinton campaign trail, and is an important advocate for many civil rights issues. When she came to Columbus with HRC last Valentine's day, it was clear she is a genuinely kind and caring person, and has great respect for the future of the US.

Posted by: wleec | August 20, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like she's gone whether or not she's still "alive."

So sorry.

I hope she's an organ donor, because so many black people are waiting for organs. Disproportionately to white people.

Posted by: RealCalGal | August 20, 2008 5:52 PM | Report abuse

"Alot of us white folks get upset"? You missed the boat completely. It is one thing to be "called on OUR bigotry", it is a totally spearate matter to be called on bigotry for being white. Being white does not make someone a racist anymore than having red hair makes someone "hot-tempered" or being Irish makes someone a "lush." When are liberals going to realize that promotion of race is racist? That categorizing by race is racist? If we spent half the energy we spend on racial issues instead focusing on human factors, racism would die by attrition.

Posted by: Mick | August 20, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

This 'conservative' says it's a disgrace that the Washington Post allows these comments from mouthbreathing lowlifes hiding behind their anonymous handles and keyboards to remain here. There's no excuse for it. The truth is if these gutless weasels were challenged to repeat these words in a public meeting place, they would turn their reprehensible tails and run.

It's an even greater disgrace that a story about a human being's personal tragedy is allowed to devolve into another sadly predictably ridiculous 'liberal v. conservative' debate, simply because the human being involved is a lawmaker.

Reasonable people can disagree as to what's right for our county. Let me know if you find any.

Posted by: Scott Benson | August 20, 2008 5:54 PM | Report abuse

This angers me so much that they would print such news without being sure!! Shame on them! I hope Stephanie pulls through, she is such an influential person and this world needs her!

Posted by: Zaidat Bombata | August 20, 2008 5:56 PM | Report abuse

"The truth is" is polical speak for either "here comes a lie" or "it is true in my world". You cannot discuss these issues in public anymore because when you do, you are physically attacked. Try speaking out against liberalism on a college campus and see how long it is before you get assaulted and the campus police do nothing. Try holding an intellegent conversation with a liberal on an issue and see how long it is before you get called stupid, retarded, fascist, nazi, or any number of personal insults for even daring to disagree with the "educated elite." Got news for you, 90% of the "educated elite" have no clue what it means to be educated. If they did, they would present an educated argument. As for "elite", that is the height of conceitedness if you ask me.

Posted by: Mick | August 20, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

I personally do not care for Ms. Tubbs political ideas, and I do not often read these things, however, today I had a bit of time and thought I would. Will not make that mistake again. Being a Conservative, I am totally shocked at some of these statements. Conservatives are suppose to be "Religious" or so I thought. I am sure there are postings against conservatives as well, and that doesn't make this any better. We need to be better people.

Posted by: Mary | August 20, 2008 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Rep. Tubbs-Jones has the most beautiful smile in Congress, maybe in the whole country.
She radiates joy each time I see her on TV.
I deeply regret that she is going through this terrible accident.
I pray for her recovery.

Posted by: Judy-in-TX | August 20, 2008 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Mary, sorry for what you had to see, but liberals using the bad news of one of their icons as another opportunity to bash conservatives had to be nipped in the bud. They did it with Paul Wellstone and we let them get a away with it. Not this time.

Posted by: Mick | August 20, 2008 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Well, got to go folks. Been nice jousting with you.

Posted by: Mick | August 20, 2008 6:10 PM | Report abuse

I know several people who passed out form an anyersum and NONE of them regained conscience. Sorry to say she will die form this.:-(

Posted by: Parker | August 20, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse


Ben -- Nice job on quickly, professionally, transparently, and, yes, even humbly correcting the story. How rare is that with a WashPostie. Good for you.

I do hope the Congresswoman recovers fully, although the prognosis doesn't sound so good.

I actually went to her Wikipedia page around 215PM or thereabouts just because I was curious and saw it had NOT been updated to include her reported death, refreshed the page a minute later and saw that it suddenly HAD been updated to include the date of her non-death death (NOT BY ME!), only to see 20 minutes later it had been updated to remove "died Aug. 20, 2008." Weird -- and a little creepy.

(Perhaps the other lesson is that one shouldn't be looking at un-work related Wikipedia articles like that at work.)

Posted by: Arcturus | August 20, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

My heart goes out to the family of Ms. Tubbs-Jones. My family went through the same exact scenario just about a year ago with a brother. It was one of the most agonizing times of my life and we are still grieving. I wouldn't wish the experience on my worst enemy. I am not in her district but have listened to her and read about her and her work for the people of her district. She is a real work horse and did everything she possibly could to make a difference in this world for the people she represented whether they were black or white - to her it didn't make any difference. May God be with her and her family during this difficult time.

Posted by: Mary | August 20, 2008 6:28 PM | Report abuse

God Bless Her and Her Family!!!

Right now we should be praying because God has the last say so!

Posted by: Anonymous | August 20, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Stephnie Tubbs Jones is a dedicated, enthusiastic, brilliant woman. I pray for her and for her family. There is much work yet to do. Ohio and the nation need her.
God Bless.

Posted by: Karol | August 20, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Dearest lord,

Can we keep Mrs Tubbs, and you take Michelle Obama ?

Posted by: Bishop TuTu | August 20, 2008 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Stephanie Tubbs Jones, for your tireless, passionate and incredible support for the candidate you believed in, despite the problems that your support for her caused you to experience.

You are the kind of "old politics" era politician who reminds us that the "old politics" politicians accomplished a lot of change in our country and who reminds us how they dedicated themselves to bringing about the futures for us, that they envisioned.

Posted by: AsperGirl | August 20, 2008 6:43 PM | Report abuse

My prayers are with Congresswoman Tubbs-Jones and her son and family...

I pray for compassion when no compassion exists;
I pray for understanding, when no one understands;
I pray for forgiveness, when it is hard to forgive;
I pray for good sense, when others speak nonsense.

Please act like you have good sense and rise above the hate-filled rhetoric...last time I checked we all still belonged to one race, the Human Race!

Posted by: dparkdon | August 20, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe some of the mean spirited comments made about a person that's gravely ill and it's possible she could die.

Do you have a heart, morals, and a love for mankind? Although I didn't agree with her and many of her Congressional Black Caucus colleagues on issues like illegal immigration, I am praying for this woman to get better, because God has the last word. She's the third Congressional Black Caucus member to become ill within a year. The two others passed away.

Posted by: Ward4DC Resident | August 20, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

The congresswoman has died. I'm so sorry to hear this.

My condolences to her family. She was my Congress woman.

Posted by: Afi Scruggs | August 20, 2008 7:08 PM | Report abuse

I am truly sorry to hear about the Congresswoman's death reported on CNN. She's the third black Congresswoman to pass away within a year. They say, things sometimes happens in threes. Life is too short to be stressed, depressed, or dealing with fools in life. We should live our life's to the fullness and tell our love one's we love them daily, because you never know when God will call you on to glory. Peace be with you Congresswoman Tubbs and may you now rest in peace. We all must meet death someday.

Posted by: Ward4DC Resident | August 20, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

NBC EVENING NEWS JUST REPORTED THAT SHE HAS DIED.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 20, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

Well she has allegedly passed now according to the Cleveland Clinic as of 7pm eastern. I'm sad to hear it.

Posted by: Levi Cro | August 20, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Stephanie Tubbs Jones was an extrodinary woman. All of us in the City of Cleveland and the entire metropolitan area will miss her dearly. Even though she did not represent my suburb, I admired all the good work she did in out town.

Posted by: M. Verdell | August 20, 2008 8:14 PM | Report abuse

As of this writing (about 8:15 PM), it has been confirmed that Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones passed away. The Cleveland Clinic issued a statement around 7:12 PM this evening.

At this time, my prayers, thoughts and well wishes are with her family and dear friends and the thousands who were touched by her life.

I would respectfully request that the foucs remain on her magnificient life of service and accomplishment and reserve, for now, discussions of ripping the press for earlier reports of her death, and discussions of racism. Frankly, it makes us seem small and lacking in grace, dignity and mercy. I fully trust our parents, grandparents and others would require better of us. Do not diminish their work, and do not diminish yourself. The tone of some of the comments submitted by some people in this article is violent (of spirit and life), angry and embarrasing. Can we not pause and permit a peaceful and respectful rememberance of life and service? I live in the area that was represented by the late Mrs. Tubbs Jones. I didn't always agree with her, but neither that nor newspaper reportage should be the foci now. The singular focus now is to reach out to her family in love, care and support. Indeed, she lost her husband and mother just a few months apart just a few short years ago, and she continued to serve and remain positive as she was supported by family and friends who supported her at a difficult time.

To be sure, we are all at a lost at somone's passing. I would hope and trust that we honor her passing with dignity and not use this medium to spew comments which are neither appropriate nor warranted. Let us honor her passing with dignity. May our own passing one day be also honorable and love-filled and not used for bickering and partisan discussions of political and social views.

Thank you all from a reader in Cleveland.

May Christ Jesus strenghen Mrs. Tubbs Jones' family, friends, staff and others who knew and loved her.

Posted by: EB from Cleveland | August 20, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

God bless Mrs. Tubbs Jones. I give thanks for all the good She did for our cause during the all too brief time She was here with us. She will be most deeply missed. I extend my sincerest condolences to Her family and many friends.

I apologize for allowing myself to be baited by trolls during this serious time. I was simply overwhelmed by their callousness.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 20, 2008 8:37 PM | Report abuse

Fairfax Voter well said! It is very difficult reporting on a very fluid situation. Capitol Briefing apologizes! Rest in Peace Congresswoman Tubbs-Jones.

Posted by: Grace | August 20, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Was she an organ donor?

Posted by: txque | August 20, 2008 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Sorry to hear the passing of MS Tubbs. However, hear is a fact for all you Liberals out there and for you who think all whites are racists. Fact: If you take all the knowledge of every liberal and democrat and put it in the brain of an ant..it would rattle around like a BB in a boxcar......

Posted by: Mrconservative | August 21, 2008 12:56 AM | Report abuse

"I'm not dead yet!"

Posted by: Karl | August 21, 2008 7:03 AM | Report abuse

I recall the news story on the elderly man that was hit by a car with people walking near by and no one stopped to help him. We have become a society of immoral and selfish people. People who are more interested in vile talk and disrespecting elders. You people should have some respect for others and the cycle of life. It is unbelievable to me just reading the comments on this lovely womans lifes. I can clearily see why the world is in the state of disrepair that it is in. Get your mouths and minds cleaned out and show some compassion towards others or you may suffer a greater fate in your own lives. GOD BLESS THE FAMILY OF THIS WONDERFUL WOMAN. HER HONOR MAY NOT BE GIVEN HERE ON EARTH BUT TRULY HEAVEN HAS OPENED ITS GATES TO RECIEVE HER.

Posted by: BeAnExampleOfChrist | August 24, 2008 1:38 AM | Report abuse

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