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September 22, 2006
Edsall's Retirement

Hugh Hewitt has a fascinating interview posted with Thomas Edsall, who recently retired from the Washington Post and most recently held the position of senior political writer. Edsall has a new book in the stores, Building Red America, as well as new gigs at the Columbia School of Journalism and the center-left The New Republic. Edsall discusses politics and the media in a surprisingly forthright way, at one point asserting that Hugh underestimates the ratio of Democrats to Republicans in newsroom across America.

I met Edsall once, although I'm certain he wouldn't remember it. When I went to Justice Sunday II in Nashville, Edsall covered the event for the Post, and the reporters and bloggers shared the same hall. Edsall was in front of me in the buffet line and I tried to engage him in a little conversation, but he clearly wasn't terribly interested in it. It wasn't snobbery; I got the impression that he wasn't much of a talker and that he wasn't all that thrilled with the event in any circumstance. Later, however, he saw me and chatted me up a little bit, and I enjoyed the opportunity to speak with him.

I may have to check out that book -- as soon as I get through the mountain of tomes backlogged on my desk at the moment ...

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at September 22, 2006 5:31 AM

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