The Washington Times - April 9, 2013, 10:58AM

There were some distinct shortcomings and lack of respect in press coverage marking the death of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. But on the flip side, there’s a new scholarship to honor her, just created by the nation’s leading conservative organization.

And about that shoddy news coverage of the late Baroness Thatcher.

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“This was a women who changed the world. And here we get journalists who are talking about her purse, her hairstyle or whether she flirted with Ronald Reagan. This treatment really is noting more than lazy shorthand, if not a complete intellectual deficit,” historian and Reagan biographer Craig Shirley tells The Washington Times.

“There is a time for seriousness and purpose. And the death of Margaret Thatcher warrants that seriousness and purpose. But this also happened when President Reagan died. During the Reagan funeral, there were commentators who were saying, ‘Oh, he was just a nice guy who could tell jokes.’ That kind of journalism shortchanges America.”

Then there are those who rise to somber occasions with thoughtful decorum.

The American Conservative Union has founded the “Baroness Margaret Thatcher CPAC Scholarship Fund,” Chairman Al Cardenas says. The scholarship will be given annually to an “outstanding young female conservative” who will receive complimentary three-day VIP registration at the Conservative Political Action Conference, starting in 2014.

“Against all odds, Baroness Thatcher stood for the courage of her convictions,” Mr. Cardenas says. “Let her life be an inspiration to our current and future leaders so that they may pick up her torch ensuring that future generations may live in prosperity, peace and freedom.”