Sure, there were more "important" stories regarding the economy, gas prices, war, the stimulus package, the Oscars, gas explosions, etc. but you deserve your day in the sun. Sunbathing, of course. That's what cats do.
Rest in Peace, Socks. We didn't even know cats could get cancer of the mouth. Maybe you should've stopped chewing tobacco. Crazy ol' cat. Maybe your death will help people realize that Universal Animal Health Care is just as important as Universal Health Care for humans.