Bob Greene Gets Spiked

The strange fall of a veteran columnist whose private life could not live up to his public voice

The Associated Press fired one of its Washington reporters last Monday after several of his sources turned out not to exist in the real world. Yet the admission generated little more than a collective yawn. It could barely be heard above the buzz of outrage and glee over the simultaneous demise of another journalist--one who had not fabricated, plagiarized or done any of the things for which reporters have historically got in trouble. Bob Greene, 55, a nationally syndicated columnist for the Chicago Tribune, best-selling author, local institution and married man, had admitted having had a sexual liaison over a decade...

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