Vote Me Off This News Island!

My short career in real journalism came to an ugly end in L.A. last week around the fourth time I said, "I'm going to stay by the pool and have one more drink. I'll catch Al Gore's speech on television." Upon returning to New York, I found myself assigned the Survivor story. It ended up, though, that I kind of missed last Wednesday's big finale episode. And I also missed all the Wednesdays before that. I don't foresee keeping this reality-show beat very long either. In two weeks I figure I'll be back to my normal assignment of covering myself.

Luckily,...

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