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I Was a Washington Post Reporter. And a Crack Addict.
Politico ^ | Monday, June 30, 2014 | Ruben Castenada

Posted on 06/30/2014 6:45:39 PM PDT by kristinn

As was the case every Halloween, on October 31, 1989, a couple of Washington Post reporters were sent to cover the festivities in Georgetown, where thousands of mostly white and affluent revelers partied through the night. I was dispatched to the other side of town—Potomac Gardens, a rundown public housing project a mile east of the Capitol, where Mayor Marion Barry was scheduled to make nice with the residents. My job was to take notes and contribute a few paragraphs to an innocuous story about how Washingtonians celebrated the holiday.

I had already been to Potomac Gardens a handful of times to cover shootings during my first month at the Post, where I was on the night crime beat. The complex was a collection of boxy concrete buildings between three and six stories high, surrounded by a tall wrought-iron fence that reminded me of a penitentiary. At one crime scene near the project, I had overheard a street cop joke that the fence was there not to protect the residents but to keep the rest of the city safe from Gardens inhabitants. A violent drug crew operated in and near the housing complex. At night, it was a forbidding, dangerous place.

arrived early and staked out a spot at the edge of a concrete courtyard inside the complex. A few minutes later, a black Lincoln pulled up. A security man in a dark suit hopped out of the shotgun seat and opened the rear passenger door for the mayor. Barry stepped out and smoothed the lapels of his charcoal-gray suit coat.

Some people in the courtyard saw him and cried, “Mr. Mayor, Mr. Mayor!” and “We love you, Marion!” Barry smiled. He waved. He sauntered toward the courtyard.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: crack; marionbarry; rubencastenada; washingtonpost
A Washington Post reporter, hookers and crack. A pity Doctor Raoul isn't around to see this.
1 posted on 06/30/2014 6:45:39 PM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn

Well that explains a lot of things coming out of WaPo.


2 posted on 06/30/2014 6:48:31 PM PDT by SkyDancer (If you don't read the newspapers you are uninformed. If you do read newspapers you are misinformed)
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To: kristinn

Sounds like “I Was a Communist for the FBI.”


3 posted on 06/30/2014 6:51:29 PM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: kristinn

“I was a Washington post reporter and a crack addict. But I repeat Myself.”

CC


4 posted on 06/30/2014 6:52:39 PM PDT by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: MUDDOG

Good radio show. Used to listen to it on XM.

CC


5 posted on 06/30/2014 6:54:16 PM PDT by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: kristinn
A pity Doctor Raoul isn't around to see this.

What a character he was. He even got noticed by Hillary. She once commented about some guy in a devil suit, LOL!

6 posted on 06/30/2014 6:56:06 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: kristinn

don’t they usually go hand-in-hand?


7 posted on 06/30/2014 6:56:38 PM PDT by God luvs America (63.5 million pay no income tax and vote for DemoKrats...)
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To: kristinn

Nobody is surprised by these revelations


8 posted on 06/30/2014 6:57:22 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: All
Castenada told his story with other details a few years back in the Washington Post Magazine.
9 posted on 06/30/2014 7:04:16 PM PDT by kristinn (Welcome to the Soviet States of Obama)
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To: Ken H

Raoul got under Hillary’s skin alright.


10 posted on 06/30/2014 7:05:44 PM PDT by kristinn (Welcome to the Soviet States of Obama)
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To: Celtic Conservative
Me too, back when I had XM radio.

Dana Andrews did a good job in it. It was a well-produced show with good plots. ("Johnny Dollar" with Bob Bailey is still my favorite radio show.)

Philip Roth wrote a novel called "I Married a Communist," which was a good read. It was set in the 1940s and 50s. Supposedly it was also a veiled attack on his ex-wife Claire Bloom, in the person of the Communist's wife.

11 posted on 06/30/2014 7:08:25 PM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: Celtic Conservative

Lol


12 posted on 06/30/2014 7:09:32 PM PDT by uncitizen (Buckle up! We're on the Facism Fast Track!)
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To: kristinn

Wow, WAPO has come full circle. Now the Post reporters are living in Jimmy’s World.


13 posted on 06/30/2014 7:09:41 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: SkyDancer

Except for the whole destroying your life part.....it sounds wonderful.


14 posted on 06/30/2014 7:09:50 PM PDT by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig (This town needs an enema)
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To: SkyDancer

Liberals are VERY forgiving of each other...


15 posted on 06/30/2014 7:15:08 PM PDT by GOPJ (Why no outrage over IRS targeting? Same reason Pravda didn't make a stink about gulags.FREnterprise)
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To: rabidralph

LOL. Good point.


16 posted on 06/30/2014 7:29:03 PM PDT by kristinn (Welcome to the Soviet States of Obama)
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To: kristinn
I Was a Washington Post Reporter. And a Crack Addict.

That can cause you to have a complete lack of control and do anything humiliating for a buck... and being a crack addict can mess you up too.

17 posted on 06/30/2014 7:31:41 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (The IRS: either criminally irresponsible in backup procedures or criminally responsible of coverup.)
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To: MUDDOG

“Johnny Dollar” with Bob Bailey is still my favorite radio show.”

I really like Dragnet, and I tell you who really holds up surprisingly well is Jack Benny.

I also like that show that’s sort of like Twilight Zone, just one-off stories, and often odd and Sci-Fi-ish. I CANNOT remember the name, this is going to annoy me!


18 posted on 06/30/2014 7:35:11 PM PDT by jocon307 (These people are (some Polish word) crazy)
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To: kristinn

Good to “see” you! I hope all is well in your world.


19 posted on 06/30/2014 7:35:45 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: kristinn
I Was a Washington Post Reporter. And a Crack Addict.

And?

I have always assumed that any Washington < Bleep! > reporter was on hard drugs.

20 posted on 06/30/2014 7:37:56 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Proud Infidel, Gun Nut, Religious Fanatic and Freedom Fiend)
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To: jocon307
that show that’s sort of like Twilight Zone

X Minus One? They used to play that a lot on XM.

I too was surprised at how good the Jack Benny program is. It holds up very well, much better than Bob Hope or Red Skelton's radio shows, or Duffy's Tavern. Bob's 1940 movies are still great though.

Dragnet's still good, and I also liked those earlier Jack Webb private eye shows.

21 posted on 06/30/2014 7:42:50 PM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: kristinn
A reporter? Big deal. Nancy Pelosi is a Senator and a crack addict.


22 posted on 06/30/2014 7:51:57 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: rabidralph

Thanks. Good to see you, too.


23 posted on 06/30/2014 7:54:47 PM PDT by kristinn (Welcome to the Soviet States of Obama)
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To: kristinn
I Was a Washington Post Reporter. And a Crack Addict.

To be fair, there’s not that bright a line between the two. Except that there are some things that crackheads simply will not do.

24 posted on 06/30/2014 8:01:49 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: kristinn
In anticipation of a drug test, I abstained from crack for a long, miserable week. I flew to D.C. on a Monday, went through a gauntlet of interviews on Tuesday, flew back to L.A. on Wednesday and was offered the job on Thursday. It turned out the paper didn’t screen for drug use.

Oh, crap. I was just kidding about there not being a bright line. That explains a few things.

25 posted on 06/30/2014 8:06:06 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: kristinn

Ruben Castaneda covers the federal courthouse in Greenbelt and the Prince George’s County court system for the local staff. From the latter part of 1989 through the mid-1990s, Ruben covered the D.C. police and crime beat. He was born and grew up in Los Angeles and worked for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner before joining the Post.

26 posted on 06/30/2014 8:09:38 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: MUDDOG

I think the Johnny Dollar scripts are as good or better than what TV is doing now. Some of the best writers and producers in film and television in the 70’s , 80’s and 90’s came out of postwar radio. People like Gene Roddenberry, Rod Serling and Jack Webb. Gene Roddenberry wrote scripts by night while working as a motorcycle cop for the LAPD, BTW.

CC


27 posted on 06/30/2014 8:12:12 PM PDT by Celtic Conservative (tease not the dragon for thou art crunchy when roasted and taste good with ketchup)
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To: kristinn

Wait, does this mean that not ALL WaPo reporters are on crack?!


28 posted on 06/30/2014 8:20:45 PM PDT by Sicon ("All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." - G. Orwell)
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To: MUDDOG

Yes, some of that Bob Hope stuff, you just can’t get it. I don’t know why, it doesn’t even sound that topical, like making a joke about some long gone politician. It’s just banter of the day and you know if you’d lived then you’d be chuckling too, but as it is it just goes right past me.

X minus one, I think I’ve heard that one too, but I’m not sure it’s the one I’m thinking of.

Johnny Dollar is good too, I’d never heard that until recently. As a bookkeeper I’m amused by the expense account angle.

Say, do you know what they mean when they say “transcribed”? Like “this transcribed radio drama is brought to you by XYZ Co.”

Hubby and I used to listen a lot, but I never remember hearing that, now when I listen I hear it all the time.

I can’t figure out what they mean by that.


29 posted on 06/30/2014 8:28:50 PM PDT by jocon307 (These people are (some Polish word) crazy)
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To: kristinn
While researcing a possible post on this thread, I looked up Jessica Savitch, NBC News, who was a cocaine addict. Wikipedia has scrubbed any mention of her drug addiction.

-PJ

30 posted on 06/30/2014 8:35:57 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: jocon307
I think "transcribed" means the original broadcast was a prerecording, as opposed to a live original broadcast as in early radio.

The best expense account item on "Johnny Dollar" was his bill for a night in the hospital after being beaten up. Eighteen dollars.

The Bob Hope jokes have a snarky meanness to them, which is thankfully absent from Jack Benny's shows.

31 posted on 06/30/2014 8:50:18 PM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: MUDDOG

AH! Thank you, that makes sense.

I heard one Johnny Dollar show and he paid some big bucks to basically throw a little get together for the press. Really a lot for those days, like $50-75!


32 posted on 06/30/2014 9:00:39 PM PDT by jocon307 (These people are (some Polish word) crazy)
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To: kristinn
do I really have to say it???


33 posted on 06/30/2014 9:03:48 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: MUDDOG

(Veering wildly off topic) Johnny Dollar with Bob Bailey is the best of radio shows — not just my opinion, but as voted by SiriusXM listeners. I don’t know why. Perhaps it’s because he seems so human, so modern.


34 posted on 06/30/2014 9:15:20 PM PDT by Moonmad27 ("I'm not bad, I'm just drawn that way." Jessica Rabbit)
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To: Moonmad27

It’s my favorite anyway. Great plots, great pacing and production values, great leading actor.


35 posted on 06/30/2014 9:39:35 PM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: jocon307; All
I also like that show that’s sort of like Twilight Zone, just one-off stories, and often odd and Sci-Fi-ish. I CANNOT remember the name, this is going to annoy me!

Do you mean The Outer Limits?
36 posted on 07/01/2014 6:22:39 AM PDT by notdownwidems (Vote Republican! We're 1/10 of 1% better than the other guys!)
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To: kristinn
I Was a Washington Post Reporter. And a Crack Addict

In other news, Dog Bites Man.

37 posted on 07/01/2014 6:27:30 AM PDT by kevkrom (I'm not an unreasonable man... well, actually, I am. But hear me out anyway.)
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To: kristinn

Confirming the fact that members of the media think everything is about THEM and nothing about journalism should get in the way of either :
1) Changing society to be more liberal
2) Calling attention to themselves - hey how about another award show.


38 posted on 07/01/2014 6:30:00 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: notdownwidems

I remember that from tv. Was it on radio too?


39 posted on 07/01/2014 10:05:21 AM PDT by jocon307 (These people are (some Polish word) crazy)
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To: jocon307
I remember that from tv. Was it on radio too?

I don't remember it on radio, but then I'm not that old lol!
40 posted on 07/01/2014 10:29:14 AM PDT by notdownwidems (Vote Republican! We're 1/10 of 1% better than the other guys!)
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To: kristinn

We always suspected this. And now Obama “jokes” that the WH chef puts crack in the pies. Probably true. :(


41 posted on 07/01/2014 3:56:12 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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