The Press: The Shadow World

At 8 one morning last week, Syndicated Labor Columnist Victor Riesel, accompanied by a bodyguard, reached his 15th-floor office in midtown Manhattan to begin another working day. Unassisted, he disengaged a system of multiple door locks and felt his way to his desk. Sitting alone, Riesel mulled over story possibilities; as ideas came to him, he wrote them down in a barely legible hand. He dialed a friend's number on the telephone. "Read me the Times," he said, and listened intently for about 15 minutes. Columnist Riesel, 45, cannot read the Times for himself: he has been almost blind since a...

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