Saturday, December 17, 2005

JACK ANDERSON DEAD AT 83

A hero to many journalists, Anderson died Saturday from Parkinson's disease, according to the New York Times:
Mr. Anderson was a flamboyant bridge between the muckrakers of the early decades of the 20th century and the battalions of investigative reporters unleashed by news organizations after Watergate. He relished being called "the Paul Revere of journalism" for his knack for uncovering major stories first almost as much as he enjoyed being at the top of President Richard M. Nixon's enemies list.

His journalistic reach extended to radio, television and magazines, and his scoops were legion. They included the United States' tilt away from India toward Pakistan during Bangladesh's war for independence, which won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 1972.
G. Gordon Liddy plotted his murder. J. Edgar Hoover called Anderson "lower than the regurgitated filth of vultures." A fine epitaph for a muckraker.

3 comments:

Randy said...

Well done!

John Stone said...

As sad a loss as as his mentor Drew Pearson, who actually thought that journalists should affict the annointed. When he took over the column, I thought he would be a toady. He definitely wasn't. Listen to me, Bob Woodward. You have always thought of yourself as and investigative reporter? You don't even add a candle to Pearson's or Anderson's spotlight.

Investigative journalists should be fired the second they show up at a cocktail party with the self-annointed elites.

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