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Our Modern Day Sam Gatlin

12 January 2012 @ 08:37

Out of all the portrayals of reporters in the movies, my favorite is Jack Webb’s turn as Editor Sam Gatlin in the film -30-.

Mr. Webb wrote and directed the movie, so you can guess what it’s like if you’re at all familiar with Dragnet.

Mock him, though many may, he knows how to tell a compelling story and you always learn something about the profession at the center of the story. Also, his work is always pro-American.

My favorite Real Life reporter is Robert Stacy McCain, who, like Jack Webb, knows, too, how to keep your interest while relaying the important facts and has a wicked and mischievous sense of humor. It also helps that he is the best living example of Gonzo, that often-misunderstood genre of writing that is often imitated, but rarely worth one’s time.

Since 26 December, we have been treated to a performance of the highest quality by Stacy as he has traveled the highways and byways of Iowa and New Hampshire ― and what a ride it has been. We’ve had the pleasure of enjoying some of the finest reporting on this campaign and some of the most enjoyable…and all of it for free [hit his Damn Tip Jar!].

You can read all of his reporting on the 2012 Election by clicking here.

One of the best features of his writing are his musings on being a reporter.

An example from a posting as he prepared to leave Boston’s Logan Airport yesterday for a trip home for a few days of well-deserved rest:

…Top headline this morning at Memeorandum: Ron Paul To Everyone But Mitt: Drop Out

Which is not the craziest thing Ron Paul has said in the past 24 hours. Hell, he probably said a half-dozen crazier things before breakfast today. But that’s how this campaign has been: Non-stop insanity from start to finish. It’s like being assigned to cover a psychotic breakdown, so that the challenge as a journalist is to report accurately all the paranoid gibberish, the bizarre hallucinations and delusions of grandeur.

Enjoy the precious few days off before you move on to South Carolina, Stace.


One Comment
  1. 12 January 2012 @ 21:18 21:18

    He’s my fave, too. He even called me to point out a glaring typo I made. That’s what friends are for.

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