Saturday, March 17, 2007

Foreign Correspondent 21st Century

In this day and age of high-tech communication, of satellite phones, and instant feeds from the center of a war zone, the exploits of a foreign correspondent are a far cry from the days of Randolph Scott and Hitchcock's film of the same name.

Picture my good friend, Christopher Dickey, running through the forests of Nicaragua some twenty years ago, chased until the point of almost being killed in the cross fire between the forces of less-than-evil, and not-so-good, in order to get the story, write the book, and better inform us who think it's an adventure to dig behind the shelf in the supermarket for a later-dated gallon of milk.

Dickey, Newsweek's point man in Europe for Middle-East terrorism, French presidential politics, high-fallutin' eco-theory mongering at Davos, and possibly the one journalist in the world with more info on Diana's death than anyone, having actually been present almost immediately on scene that awful night, now boldly goes where no American in Paris has gone before.

His latest foray into the midst in this week's Newsweek is perhaps his most thought-provoking and in a way dangerous, yet--here's the headline:

"It would take a private detective to find Paris bureau chief Christopher Dickey’s truly favorite bistros, and you might not like them anyway. So we’ve asked him for his second favorite Parisian restaurants (which are still pretty darned good)."

If that concept doesn't make for intense controversy (in case you or I were going to venture to a Parisian eatery and took dear Chris's word to heart and wound up (YIKES) disappointed) -- then check out Dickey, who I consider
as the premier authority on international politics in Europe and the Middle East, as well as an intrepid representative of 4th estate America on the spot! --
Imagine the intensity, the introspection, the concentration, of this amazing Journalist!

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