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By Jason Leopold

In News Junkie, the cutthroat worlds of journalism, politics, and excessive finance are laid naked through Jason Leopold, whose addictive traits led him from a lifetime of drug abuse and petty crime to develop into an award-winning investigative journalist who uncovered many of the largest company and political scandals in fresh American background. Leopold broke key tales in regards to the California power trouble and Enron Corporation's notorious phony buying and selling ground as a reporter for the Dow Jones Newswires. whereas he uncovered high-rolling hucksters and double-dealing politicians, Leopold concealed the secrets and techniques of his personal felonious prior, terrified that he will be chanced on. while the scoop junkie closed in on his largest tale — one who implicated a Bush management member — he discovered himself pilloried by way of indignant colleagues and the president’s press secretary, all trying to damage his profession. Introducing an unforgettable array of characters — from weepy editors and love-starved politicos to steroid-pumped mobsters who intimidate the writer into promoting medicinal drugs and stolen items — News Junkie indicates how a guy as soon as fueled by way of raging worry and self-hatred transforms his existence, regenerated via love, sobriety, and a brand new, harmonious occupation with the autonomous media.

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I additionally bought a decision from Steve Maviglio. I hadn’t spoken to him a lot earlier than this tale got here out, yet he requested me to maintain involved with him simply because he may well provide me a touch upon behalf of the governor if I have been to write down one other tale like this. He gave me his cellphone quantity. That was once the beginning of our courting. In under a month, i began leaking him info that customer teams, strength businesses, FERC, and Republican legislators have been going to exploit as ammunition opposed to the governor in alternate for an specific the following and there. yet I additionally leaked the knowledge Maviglio gave me to the opposite aspect in alternate for exclusives from them. i used to be obsessed, self-absorbed, and narcissistic. I didn’t care approximately ethics. in reality, I didn’t even take into consideration moral violations. I simply desired to be the 1st one to get to the reality. nobody used to be capable of fit my tale, and it placed me at the map. numerous significant newspapers stated it and that i used to be interviewed through NPR and seemed on CNBC back. a number of weeks after I broke the tale at the FERC probe, the fee convened a gathering in Washington, DC, and published the findings in their research. yet earlier than they did, a number of commissioners criticized the lone commissioner who leaked the report back to me. not anyone knew the id of my resource, however the commissioners stated in the event that they figured out they'd call for that she or he could face felony fees. Senator Steve Peace used to be on the assembly and likewise chimed in. “I don’t be aware of why you’re bothering telling us the result of your investigation,” he stated. “We already learn about it because of Jason Leopold. ” while the FERC published their document, it proven each part of my tale. That used to be an important weight off of my shoulders. Arden referred to as me to claim that one of many editors of the magazine referred to as her, telling her they might have picked up my story—but that after the editor had known as Jonathan Friedland to inquire approximately it, he stated that i used to be untrustworthy and there has been a powerful likelihood the tale, whilst it broke, used to be mistaken. i used to be fucking furious. I walked into Friedland’s place of work and slammed the door close. “What’s your fucking challenge? ” I requested. “What are you speaking approximately? ” Friedland stated. “I simply obtained off the telephone with my editor,” I acknowledged. “She instructed me you instructed Marcus Brauchli that I’m untrustworthy, that my FERC tale was once incorrect. Did you hearken to the FERC listening to? My tale used to be dead-on. the place do you get off attempting to sabotage me? ” “I’m sorry,” Friedland stated, which I didn’t count on to listen to from him. “Yeah? You ever have an issue with a narrative I write, you come back to me,” I stated. “It’s no longer my challenge that I’m slaughtering your reporter in this beat. yet don’t speak shit approximately me. ” this can be a cutthroat enterprise. regardless of how stable you're, or imagine you're, there’s constantly an individual who’ll attempt to drag you down. everybody used to be speaking shit approximately me. My opponents hated me, or so i used to be instructed, simply because their editors pressured them to persist with up my tales, and irrespective of how tough I labored I couldn’t win the glory of the editors on the magazine.

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