June 22, 2006
Jason Leopold interviewed in LA City Beat
Jason Leopold: The author of ‘News Junkie’ talks about reporting the Rove non-indictment, how the mainstream media fails the public, and recovering from addiction
June 22, 2006
by Ryder Palmere
The reporter who broke two of California’s biggest scandals – Enron and the California energy crisis – breaks his own scandalous story in his new book, News Junkie, a hard-boiled tell-all tale of his rise, fall, and rebirth as a journalist recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. Having written for years with Dow Jones Newswires, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Financial Times, Salon, and The Nation, he now reports for the independent media outlet Truthout.org.
On May 13, he stirred much controversy when he reported the imminent indictment of Karl Rove, President Bush’s deputy chief of staff, for his involvement in leaking the identity of undercover CIA operative Valerie Plame. Recently, Rove’s attorney Robert Luskin gave a statement refuting that report, resulting in a full-scale attack on Leopold by reporters and bloggers across the nation. Although it appears Rove is out of the proverbial hot seat, Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald has yet to publicly verify this.
CityBeat: Why do you think Patrick Fitzgerald hasn’t yet spoken publicly about Rove escaping indictment?...
Read the rest of this exciting interview at lacitybeat.com.
This interview also ran in the July 27th edition of the Pasadena Weekly.
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