Someday perhaps I'll have to get a grownup job... but for now I'm having too much fun being a reporter.
All Eyes on Washington.
Talking Back...to Presidents, Dictators, and Assorted Scoundrels
the White House pit bull.
Jesse Helms looked at me, smiled and said, 'That's good,'
I was stricken. I think that was his honest response, unfiltered by the conventions of Washington and the corridors of the Senate.
On a scale of 1 to 10, I was a 12
Two guys came up behind me, grabbed me, and pulled me out, ... I was in a lot of pain. It was really humiliating to be dragged out of an event in a president's office.
It hurts all the time, as anyone with a torn rotator cuff knows.
I feel terribly guilty. I'm not used to taking off time at all.
When I entered college, it was to study liberal arts. At the University of Pennsylvania, I studied English literature, but I fell in love with broadcasting, with telling stories about other people's exploits.
Philadelphia reflected the national turmoil over race and the Vietnam War, often exploding on my watch.
When it came to political power, blacks need not apply. Add to this steaming stew the growing tensions over the Vietnam War and the movement for civil rights, and you had plenty of elements to fire the imagination of a novice journalist.
..the net result is you have an Israeli government in disarray and a United States administration so identified with Israeli failure right now that it hurts the United States around the world.
All they expected me to do was rip and read the wire 'leads,' without doing any original reporting. It was pretty basic, but gave me a taste of how to combine my love of politics and broadcasting.