Russell Baker Baker, Pulitzer Prize, Jim Lehrer discussed on PBS NewsHour

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Finally tonight, remembering the Pulitzer prize winning writer columnist and humorous. Russell Baker Baker whose career began at the Baltimore Sun, I came to national attention as a correspondent. And then as a columnist for the New York Times he wrote nearly five thousand commentaries over a period of three plus decades, his columns were known for their wit satire, and sometimes subversive takes that could land a punch he once said of his time covering congress that he was outside closed door meetings. Quote, waiting for somebody to come out and lie to me Baker wrote fifteen books, he spoke with Jim Lehrer in hundred eighty nine and gymnast why he still enjoy being a columnist after so many years. The pleasure that comes from. It is the pleasure of having somebody to listen to you. I think all Americas dying there, somebody listened to them. And if you're a columnist twice a week, you can or whatever is on your mind for a huge audience. I can understand the I think that's another reason that people out there may be a bit sore at us. They have a lot to say to. They must read somebody like me. And they say why does this guy have the right to get off? Eight hundred words every other day. I can't even get my letter to the published and they have a point. But as long as you have a column in been let off steam twice a week. You'll never need to psychotherapy. For many PBS viewers. Baker was even more well known as the host of masterpiece theatre for eleven years here, he.

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