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Seeing the humanity in the man-When lights went out during Tookie interview,reporter was illuminated
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/16/5 | Leslie Fulbright

Posted on 12/18/2005 8:24:14 AM PST by SmithL

One of the most frightening places I've been in the middle of a power outage is a tiny room inside the walls of San Quentin State Prison.

I was padlocked inside the small room with a man I had never met before, a man who was to be executed within days for the brutal murders of four people.

I was there to interview Stanley Tookie Williams. He shook my hand, introduced himself and we began to talk. An hour later, a heavy storm felled a power line and the lights in the visiting area suddenly went off.

My first reaction was to look at the door with its small rectangular hole, through which Williams an hour earlier had shoved his muscular arms to be cuffed while I walked into the room. After I entered and the door was securely locked, Williams shoved his arms back through the rectangular hole so the cuffs could be removed.

I glanced at that door. I looked for a prison guard who could bust open the door and pull me out should anything go wrong. Williams sensed my apprehension.

"Don't panic," he told me. "I'm here, I can protect you. I've got your back."

He calmed me down.

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: awwwwww; megabarfalert; stanleywilliams; tookie; waxingrhapsodic
This cup-o-fluff reporterette frequently has her lights out.
1 posted on 12/18/2005 8:24:15 AM PST by SmithL
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To: SmithL
"...I've got your back."

I've heard that about guys in prison.

2 posted on 12/18/2005 8:28:03 AM PST by infidel29 ("We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid." --Benjamin Franklin)
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To: SmithL
Wow. This article needs a 'Barf Alert' in the title. This reporter is so far from objective it reeks but, then again, she writes for the Chronicle so n'uff said.
3 posted on 12/18/2005 8:34:21 AM PST by TCats
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To: SmithL
Leslie Fulbright doesn't rate a bio on her own paper.

LOL

4 posted on 12/18/2005 8:35:55 AM PST by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: SmithL

Seems like a case of love-at-first-fright.

Classic Stockholm Syndrome.


5 posted on 12/18/2005 8:37:26 AM PST by CarrotAndStick (The articles posted by me needn't necessarily reflect my opinion.)
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To: SmithL

If this reporterette was so sure Tookie had changed from the days when he enjoyed killing for pocket change, why was she apprehensive when the lights went out?


6 posted on 12/18/2005 8:40:10 AM PST by hershey
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To: SmithL

Isn't that sweet?


7 posted on 12/18/2005 8:40:25 AM PST by SouthTexas (A Merry and Blessed Christmas to all.)
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To: SmithL

Ahh, isn't that special.


8 posted on 12/18/2005 8:42:32 AM PST by mtbopfuyn (Legality does not dictate morality... Lavin)
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To: SmithL

If this is any indication of her reporting abilities, maybe she should reconsider being a waitress again....might be too hard on her though as most waitresses have to think clearly, and write orders so they will be understood by the cooks or chefs. This lady is missing some brain cells or something, and she has to be clueless to boot! "Got your backside", my a$$, what a dope !!


9 posted on 12/18/2005 8:44:14 AM PST by geezerwheezer (get up boys, we're burnin' daylight!!!)
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To: SmithL

"I decided I wanted to be a reporter in 1992,



But I became a idiot instead!!!!


10 posted on 12/18/2005 8:44:24 AM PST by jec41 (Screaming Eagle)
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To: hershey

Good point


11 posted on 12/18/2005 8:44:26 AM PST by skr
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To: SmithL

LOL, what a pantsload!


12 posted on 12/18/2005 8:47:56 AM PST by Sisku Hanne (The Old Media, Democrat party & the Left are grim MILLSTONES for our troops)
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To: hershey
why was she apprehensive when the lights went out?


Good point. Anyone know the recidivism rate amongst children's books authors? :)
13 posted on 12/18/2005 8:51:52 AM PST by P-40 (http://www.590klbj.com/forum/index.php?referrerid=1854)
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To: infidel29

Geez, I wonder if that's what he said to the guy he shot gunned in the back??????????


14 posted on 12/18/2005 8:53:07 AM PST by festoon
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To: SmithL

Way to go stoooopiderette!
See the humanity in the killer!


15 posted on 12/18/2005 8:53:58 AM PST by Leo Carpathian (FReeeePeee!)
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To: SmithL

How could we kill such a loving caring man. He clearly had a future escorting women.


16 posted on 12/18/2005 8:54:14 AM PST by bigsigh
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To: SmithL

Typical Lib DumbS_ _ T in Denial. They all refuse to recognize: "This guy killed four people--what is one more?" That way, his life would be tied up with trial for the next 4 years, and appeals until he dies.


17 posted on 12/18/2005 8:58:46 AM PST by radar101
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To: P-40

"Anyone know the recidivism rate amongst children's books authors?"

Stop me before I write again.


18 posted on 12/18/2005 9:05:29 AM PST by dsc (さよくしんじまえ)
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To: SmithL

"There comes a time in the history of every people when they become so pathologically soft and tender that they actually side with those elements of their society that harms them, i.e. criminals..."-A Great Historian 1888


19 posted on 12/18/2005 9:09:25 AM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: SmithL

What tripe! This is what The Stone Age Press has become??

Pray for W and Our Victorious Troops


20 posted on 12/18/2005 9:12:37 AM PST by bray (Merry Christmas Iraq)
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To: SmithL
This article is supposed to be about Tookie. He gets mentioned in two sentences. This is a standard aren't-I-great-to-get-this-celebrity-interview article. This self-centered broad is trying to work her way up, or down if you prefer, to the position of Geraldo Rivera.

And, she has a long, long way to go. Did I miss anything.

Congressman Billybob

Latest column: "My Friend, Gene McCarthy, 1916-2005"

21 posted on 12/18/2005 9:19:59 AM PST by Congressman Billybob (Do you think Fitzpatrick resembled Captain Queeg, coming apart on the witness stand?)
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To: infidel29; SmithL

Got your back.... Didn't he shoot a couple of people in the back?


22 posted on 12/18/2005 9:24:13 AM PST by FreeAtlanta (never surrender, this is for the kids)
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To: SmithL
This is an amazingly revealing article. This "reporter" is horribly conceited and narcissistic. She uses the word "I" 50 times in this article. She also uses the words "my" and "me" ten times each. She writes in the article that she wants to "write a story about William's life using his voice" yet quotes Williams only twice. Williams, just like the reporter, uses the word "I" five times in those two sentences she quotes. Perhaps, in a way, she did tell his story. Through her repetitive use of the words I, me and my, she capsulizes his life; one of selfishness and narcissism.
But she also capsulizes her life, also one of narcissism, selfishness and arrogance. She castigates other reporters for not having the courage to interview Williams as she would have readers infer, but after saying Williams' "voice was essential", she only quotes him twice. What else did the two of them discuss for more than an hour, yet all we reader's get is a "look at how great I am" piece.
23 posted on 12/18/2005 10:18:25 AM PST by miele man
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To: miele man
all we reader's get is a "look at how great I am" piece
I think Tookie got a piece.
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24 posted on 12/18/2005 10:31:32 AM PST by mugs99 (Don't take life too seriously, you won't get out alive.)
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To: SmithL
Go read the article. Leslie spends more words trying to express her "feelings" than she does writing about Tookie.

SmithL, ya got it right when you wrote, "cup-o-fluff reporterette."

25 posted on 12/18/2005 10:44:32 AM PST by upchuck (Article posts of just one or two sentences do not preserve the quality of FR. Lazy FReepers be gone!)
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To: dsc
"Anyone know the recidivism rate amongst children's books authors?"

Fairly high, really. I mean, J. K. Rowling has has committed prose at least six times. And my God, look at Lemmony Snickit! Talk about repeat offenders!

26 posted on 12/18/2005 11:23:25 AM PST by Fatuncle (Iffen I wuzn't iggnert, I woodn't need to be eddiecated.)
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To: SmithL

***I was padlocked inside the small room with a man I had never met before, a man who was to be executed within days for the brutal murders of four people. ***

Which is reason alone for PUBLIC HANGINGS!


27 posted on 12/18/2005 11:39:52 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (When someone burns a cross on your lawn, the best firehose is an AK-47.)
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To: SmithL

I've got your back."


---And if he had a shotgun, that is exactly where he would have shot her ............


28 posted on 12/19/2005 1:23:17 AM PST by WasDougsLamb (I refuse to have a battle of wits with an unarmed man)
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To: jec41
"I decided I wanted to be a reporter in 1992,"

But I became a idiot instead!!!!

There's a difference?

29 posted on 12/19/2005 1:36:04 AM PST by rmh47 (Go Kats! - Got Seven? [NRA Life Member])
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