Danny “The News Dissector” Schechter (1942 – 2015)

March 19, 2015

There’s no easy way to say it.

Our friend Danny died earlier today.

He was, and is, loved.



  1. Frank Meagher

    March 20, 2015 at 6:57 AM

    I first met Danny when I invited him to Premier his film, Weapons of Mass Deception, in Paris several years ago. With zero money, we were able to access a luxury cinema, host a reception following the screening and best of all start the event with a surprise concert from “The South African Songbird” Tsidi Laloka from the Broadway hit The Lion King, who just happened to be in town. 250 people showed up. The only announcement for this event was by email. Danny had that kind of pull. His message was greater than the persona. And he had a hell of a persona.

    The News Dissector has left his impression on this old hippie.
    You will be missed……… peace & love

  2. Dan

    March 20, 2015 at 9:57 AM

    I met Danny at our Festival in Austria in 2007 – he was a generous, smart, funny and humble personality, who will never be forgotten.

    His body of work is important and will continue to educate generations to come!

    My condolences to his family and friends!

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  4. Francis J Yellow

    March 21, 2015 at 9:12 AM

    Wopila Tanka cicu Danny Schecter, “A Great Thanks” for a life well lived. Danny once acknowledged a comment of mine. As someone of Original Ancestry (Lakota Oyate, Oceti Sakowin) such acknowledgement is rare. One good thing, we have another Ancestor on the other side!

  5. Andy Goodall

    March 21, 2015 at 4:55 PM


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  7. Maria

    March 24, 2015 at 2:15 PM

    Daniel Schechter strong believer of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

    Rare today, to have the time and opportunity to know the heart of a man in his last days and hours and to sense him pass his thoughts and kindness on to another. On to me.
    Rarer still, to learn from that man wonderful lessons of life at those very moments of his last days and last hours. Lessons that I now carry with me until my own last end. Lessons from him.
    Daniel Schechter was my dear friend.
    Daniel and I became most particularly close as he became ill and I encouraged him to try to find out what was wrong with him. When he did find out, he was of course shocked, despondent and alarmed and to a degree disbelieving…all of those things that we all will feel when we know we are going away from this world.
    I learned so much from him. He was a brilliant man and generous with his knowledge to me, his willing student.
    He was smart, productive, caring and protective. I knew his gentle side as well. We had fun together. He was very social, kind of people’s person.
    He joked a lot. In one instance we were sitting on the bench two blocks away from home when he asked me a quick question: “why we are sitting here?” I replied because you love me and he smiled and replied:”look, across the street there is the answer and I sow a street sign: “No Standing Anytime”.
    We did things together; We went to Brooklyn book festival, to Brooklyn City Hall where he spoke about Mandela, he gave me a tour of the Bronx, where he said “I am kind of a Bronx guy, it is my Bronx”.
    When he knew he was fading, his great concern was not that but was the urgency he felt to write another book. He was smart and used that magnificent brain of his to benefit mankind. I only knew him for over 8 months of his life, but it certainly was an experience of a lifetime. He didn’t give up until the very end… Without complaint yet in obvious pain he fought it to continue his work which he loved so much. Just a week before his passing he said to me: “I am not feeling well but still producing.” That was his pride.
    He always welcomed me with a smile and joy. I am glad I always been for him when he needed me.
    Daniel is remembered and he made a difference in this world. I am proud and happy to have known him.
    The goodness of his life will be carried on in others who see his movies, read his books…. They will influence those who knew him directly and those who got his message….. And they will pass it on to those they love… In that way Danny for us lives eternally.
    Daniel is much missed by me.