Charlie LeDuff of the Detroit News on why he’s here

I was just stumbling around the internetz tonight, and happened across this video interview with Charlie Leduff, a Detroit News reporter who, within the last year, has written several articles that we’ve discussed here on the site. I wouldn’t exactly call myself a fan of his work, but he’s definitely chronicling a part of our regional history that others aren’t. He’s written of Detroiters forced by circumstances to catch and eat raccoons. He’s written of our local manufacturing infrastructure being auctioned off to China and Mexico. And, perhaps most notably, he’s the journalist who broke the story of the Detroiters who continued to play hockey, knowing that, just yards away, a dead man lay frozen, half-submerged in the ice. He comes across as whack job in this video, but I think some of that can probably be attributed to the never-ending series of beers placed before him by the interviewer from Vice Broadcasting System, the television spinoff of Vice Magazine… At any rate, it’s fun to watch a reporter get drunk and start screaming about how NPR has ripped him the fuck off.

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3 Comments

  1. Posted September 1, 2009 at 6:55 am | Permalink

    I know he’s probably a great guy, but does anyone get the sense watching this that he’s in character?

  2. Carl
    Posted September 1, 2009 at 9:24 am | Permalink

    Dude’s a good writer when he wants to be. I don’t know that he’s living up to his potential though. And I think that’s part of why he’s at the Detroit News instead of at the New York Times. Alcohol’s a bitch. The shit’ll kill you.

  3. Gretchen Forshay
    Posted September 1, 2009 at 11:19 am | Permalink

    I imagine he’s taking some heat for this at the office today.

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