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Posts Tagged ‘Marion Barry’

VICE Chats with an Atypical Crack Reporter

RubenCastenedaCoverWe thoroughly enjoyed this week’s interview by VICE staff writer Matt Taylor with Ruben Castaneda, the Washington Post alum who once upon a time covered the crack beat while also, himself, regularly getting high on crack.

Castaneda’s book about this incredible and dangerous odyssey, Street Rising, was published at the beginning of the month. Here’s what Castaneda, who before the Post was with the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, he told Taylor when asked about the first time he tried the addictive drug:

“I was on a reporting assignment on the western edge of downtown LA in a pretty tough neighborhood. This very, very attractive young woman caught my eye. She gestured for me to come over, so I put the reporting aside for a moment and went over to flirt with her. Now, I was already, at this time, drinking heavily. In fact, I had already gotten pretty toasted that afternoon at Corky’s — a dive bar — so I was pretty impaired in judgment.”

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Toronto Tabloid Bemoans Rob Ford ‘Bad Ink’

Today’s edition of the Toronto Sun, Hogtown’s version of the New York Post, promises “8 Ford Pages Inside.” Above a headline and great illustration combo that hates on the city’s “extremely, extremely inebriated” mayor for continuing to attract a mountain of sordid international media coverage.

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Earlier this week, before that crazy new video of Ford surfaced, the paper was leading with: ‘The world is cracking up at Toronto’s expense.’ We are indeed, although interestingly, in one of the more thoughtful bits of coverage, Washington Post columnist Clinton Yates – who was eight-years-old in 1990 at the time of the Marion Barry scandal – suggested today’s social-media-buttressed mocking Merry-Go-Round will actually mean this has less of a damaging impact on Toronto’s collective psyche than the Barry episode did on D.C.’s.

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