by Chris Hedges
June 27, 2011
I visited the Hartford Courant as a high school student. It was the first time I was in a newsroom. The Connecticut paper’s newsroom, the size of a city block, was packed with rows of metal desks, most piled high with newspapers and notebooks. Reporters banged furiously on heavy typewriters set amid tangled phone cords, overflowing ashtrays, dirty coffee mugs and stacks of paper, many of which were in sloping piles on the floor. The din and clamor, the incessantly ringing phones, the haze of cigarette and cigar smoke that lay over the feverish hive, the hoarse shouts, the bustle and movement of reporters, most in disheveled coats and ties, made it seem an exotic, living organism. I was infatuated. I dreamed of entering this fraternity, which I eventually did, for more than two decades writing for The Dallas Morning News, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor and, finally, The New York Times, where I spent most of my career as a foreign correspondent.
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Chris Hedges spent two decades as a foreign reporter covering wars in Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. His latest books are Death of the Liberal Class, and The World as It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress.
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Or alternetly, Chris and Mary, provide a Nets’ROOM and Go VIRAL with visually verifiable reports of The PEOPLE!
Not to worry Chris, we have Talk Radio to tell us what is happening; we got sean, and rush, and glenn, and Laura, and Breitbart, and WABC radio network, and Buckley Broadcastng, and Salem Broadcasting and TRN with Phil Boyce finding great new hosts to save America from libs.
Fear not: Talk Radio is running the United States.