By Jason Leopold
In 2002, Jason Leopold appeared to be on most sensible of the area. His reporting approximately Enron’s financial disaster and the talk surrounding it used to be getting used via NPR, he was once scorching at the path of a potential connection to a military Secretary, and he used to be one of many few newshounds granted an interview with Enron President Jeff Skilling. after which all of it got here crashing down.
When Salon was once compelled to take down Leopold’s article approximately military Secretary Thomas E. White’s function within the Enron financial ruin, his international started to resolve. Ostracized from the mainstream media, slipping right into a deep melancholy, without clients at the horizon, Jason Leopold used to be compelled to begin from scratch.
News Junkie is Jason’s tale, an addict to the center, he traded an youth of gear and crime for the both addictive global of breaking information. From the pinnacle of the reporting global to its dregs and again back, Leopold takes us on a trip via a number of the greatest occasions of the new previous, the entire whereas letting us into his internal struggles.
With an unforgettable array of characters, from weepy editors and love-starved politicos to steroid-pumped mobsters who intimidate the writer into promoting medications and stolen items, information Junkie exhibits how a guy as soon as fueled via raging worry and self-hatred transforms his existence, regenerated via love, sobriety and a brand new, harmonious occupation with the media.
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I held in the tobacco smoke until Maviglio answered his cell phone. I exhaled loudly as soon as he answered. “Did you hear that, you asshole? ” “You know what I’m talking about. Don’t fuck with me. ” “Uh, no he isn’t. I’ve got the proof, Maviglio. His bio is posted on the DWR website! ” “That’s strange. I don’t know anything about that. Send me everything you have on Patel and I’ll take a look at it,” Maviglio said and let out a big yawn. “No. That’s bullshit. You have to send another press release out tonight to the press corps saying you guys made a mistake.
Otherwise they have to explain to their editors why they aren’t breaking the same stories. When the press corps rejected me I convinced myself that the whole goddamn world was conspiring against me. All I wanted was to be accepted as a member of their club. What I found out about my competitors is that most of them are a bunch of lazy fucks who are less inclined to dig for the truth than report bureaucratic bullshit and then go home for the day. They weren’t interested in the relentless, gumshoe reporting I shot my wad over.
All I had left was a subway token, eighty-three cents in my pocket, and a knapsack on my back. I took the A train to Washington Heights, got out and walked across the George Washington Bridge to New Jersey. At the border, where New York and New Jersey meet, I stopped to look over the guardrail into the Hudson River. It was black. Pitch black. I couldn’t see the water. It was just nothingness, like when you close your eyes just before you fall asleep. I stared at the blackness. My heart started to beat faster when my thoughts turned to jumping.
News Junkie by Jason Leopold