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John Harwood, image by Larry Miller via FlickrBy BOB ANDELMAN (email)
Mr. Media® Radio Network
Here?s a job for you: No matter what your title is, you?re going to be called upon from one day to the next to express opinions on important, global topics about which you may start the day not always knowing a lot. But by day?s end, you damn well better be an expert, or there will be hell to pay in the morning.
Welcome to breaking news, son.
John Harwood, chief Washington correspondent for CNBC and a political writer for the New York Times, has a high level of expertise on all sorts of major and minor political matters. But I think the real reason he is in demand is that he is cool and measured under pressure and doesn?t talk out of his ass.
Pardon my French.
Harwood is the kind of guy you want to turn to in a developing crisis, whether you?re an assigning media editor or a viewer/reader. He gives you straight talk and can do so on whatever subject is put in front of him.
I knew John mostly in passing ? you know, I?d walk by his desk and say, ?Hi, John? and he?d say, ?I?m sorry, who are you?? ? back when he was a highly respected reporter at the St. Petersburg Times and I was the kid they?d call to fill in when the grizzled veteran covering Indian Shores was hospitalized for terminal boredom. Harwood was one of an army of guys and gals from that era who now populate the highest levels of American journalism. (I?m looking at you, Dana Priest, Tom French, Sheryl James, Jacob Schlesinger, Anne Hull, Doron Levin, David Finkel, Karl Vick, Milo Geyelin?)
John is coming back to the new new media capitol of the world on Wednesday, March 2, to give a speech at Hyatt Regency Sarasota,. His topic: ?Obama?s Second Act: What Comes Next?? The event is open to the public and you can buy tickets at ForumTruth.org.
JOHN HARWOOD audio excerpt: "(Cable news channels) want people to fight, whatever is happening. They're looking for the most intense arguments you can have."
Bob Andelman is the author or co-author of 11 books, including 'The Consultant' with Thomas R. Stutler, 'The Profiler' with Pat Brown, 'Built From Scratch' with the founders of The Home Depot, and 'Will Eisner: A Spirited Life.' ? Follow Bob on Twitter or Facebook.
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